Rick and Chris debate the merits of juices vs beer, talk about the San Diego Padres front office comings and goings over the years, finally solve the mystery of the location of “Tri Cities”, and try to think of things to say about Eric Stults for (hopefully) the last time.

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Sometimes things get a little fuzzy after spending an afternoon in the pub. So here’s a friendly reminder of what you might have missed while you were drinking.

The Padres (77-84) lost 3-1 to the San Francisco Giants (87-74) on a bases loaded two-run eighth inning single against Dale Thayer in the second-to-last game of the 2014 season.

Eric Stults (8-17, 4.30) went seven innings, giving up just one run on six hits and no walks with five strikeouts.  Brandon Belt‘s RBI off of Stults came the second inning on a double to score Matt Duffy.  In the eighth inning Thayer loaded the bases before Brandon Crawford singled to score Belt and Duffy.

Jake Peavy (6-4, 2.20) pitched five innings against his former team, giving up the one run on four hits and three walks with three strikeouts.  Yasmani Grandal hit a sacrifice fly in the fifth inning, allowing Will Venable to score from third base.

The season comes to a close (finally) today from AT&T Park with first pitch scheduled for 1:05 pm PDT.  Robbie Erlin (4-4, 4.53) gets the start against the Giants and rookie Charlton Chris Heston (0-0, 0.00), who is getting his first ever Major League start.

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Sometimes things get a little fuzzy after spending an evening in the pub. So here’s a friendly reminder of what you might have missed while you were drinking.

The Padres (75-81) defeated the Colorado Rockies (65-92) 1-0 last night.  Rene Rivera hit an RBI double in the second inning to score Jedd Gyorko, who walked in the previous at-bat.  That was it.

Eric Stults (8-17, 4.42) pitched six and a third shutout innings on seven hits and one walk with five strikeouts.  The Rockies loaded the bases in the fifth inning with two outs, but Stults got Josh Rutledge to strike out to end the threat.

Tyler Matzek (6-11, 4.05) pitched arguably a better game, giving up the one run in six innings on four hits and three walks with eight strikeouts.

Nick Vincent, Frank Garces, and Dale Thayer also kept the Rockies off the scoreboard.  Kevin Quackenbush pitched the ninth inning for his sixth save.

Robbie Erlin (4-4, 4.53) starts tonight at 7:10 pm PDT against Jorge De La Rosa (14-11, 4.14) in the penultimate Padres home game of the 2014 season.  The Padres announced that the Shirts Off Their Backs presentations will be after tonight’s game to make it easier on the travel schedule after tomorrow’s game. Read More…

Sometimes things get a little fuzzy after spending an evening in the pub.  So here’s a friendly reminder of what you might have missed while you were drinking.

The Padres (68-78) defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks (59-88) 6-5 last night in Phoenix’s Chase Field.

Eric Stults (7-16, 4.49) did Eric Stults things, giving up five runs (two earned) on seven hits and a walk with two strikeouts in six innings.  The big blow came in the fifth inning with two outs and two runners on base, when A.J. Pollock hit a three-run bomb to left center field.

But, fortunately for Stults, the Diamondbacks’ starter was even more Stults-like.

Vidal Nuno (2-11, 4.58) gave up all six of the Padres runs in five innings on eight hits and a walk with two strikeouts.  Rene Rivera hit his tenth home run of the season, a solo shot to left field in the fifth inning, which ties his career season high as a professional.  Rymer Liriano, Cameron Maybin, Jedd Gyorko, Yasmani Grandal, and Yangervis Solarte each had an RBI as well.

This evening Tyson Ross takes the mound for the Friars against Chase Anderson of the D-Backs at 5:10 pm PDT.  The game is being broadcast on Fox Sports One, not Fox Sports San Diego.

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Sometimes things get a little fuzzy after an evening in the pub.  Then on the way home you abandon the car you’re driving in the middle of the highway and start walking down the double yellow line before the police come and take you to jail.  So here’s a friendly reminder of what you might have missed while you were sitting in a holding cell.

The Padres (66-74) were shut out 3-0 by the Colorado Rockies (57-84) last night in Coors Field in Denver.  Eric Stults (6-16, 4.55) surrendered all three Rockies’ runs, two on solo home runs by Drew Stubbs in the first and Nolan Arenado in the sixth.

Tyler Matzek (5-9, 4.32) pitched a three-hit complete game with one walk and six strikeouts for the Rockies.  Three of the four Padres to reach base actually got into scoring position, only to be stranded.  It was like watching the April/May Padres again.

Tonight at 5:10 pm PDT Joe Wieland (0-0, 0.00) makes his first start since the 2012 season after going under the knife for elbow ligament replacement surgery.  The Rockies will have the newly extended Jorge De La Rosa (13-10, 4.26) starting.

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Sometimes things get a little fuzzy after a Sunday afternoon at the pub.  So here’s a friendly reminder of what you might have missed while you were drinking.

The Padres (64-71) were defeated rather handily in the final game of their three game series with the Los Angeles Dodgers (77-60) by a score of 7-1, denying the Friars a sweep.

Eric Stults (6-15, 4.56) was not horrible, giving up just two runs in six innings on five hits and five walks with four strikeouts.  Dodgers’ starter Hyun-Jin Ryu (14-6, 3.28) was better though, coming off the disabled list to only allow one run in seven innings on four hits and no walks with seven strikeouts.

L.A. pulled ahead in the eighth inning, scoring a total of four runs off of Blaine Boyer, Alex Torres, and Jesse Hahn, who then surrendered the Dodgers’ seventh run in the ninth inning.

This afternoon Tyson Ross (12-12, 2.64) faces the visiting Arizona Diamondbacks and Trevor Cahill (3-9, 4.98) on Labor Day at 1:10 pm PDT in the first of a four-game series.

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Sometimes things get a little fuzzy after an evening at the pub, trying to wipe the memory from your mind of True Detective losing out on all of those Emmy Awards to Breaking Bad.  So here’s a friendly reminder of what you might have missed while you were drinking.

The Padres (60-70) were blasted 10-1 by the Milwaukee Brewers (73-58) last night.  Eric Stults (6-14, 4.63) was the Stults we all remember from before August, surrendering four runs in five innings on nine hits and three walks.  He also gave up two solo home runs to Ryan Braun and Aramis Ramirez in the third and fifth innings, respectively.

Blaine Boyer relieved Stults and proceeded to pour gasoline on the fire with another four runs in his one and two-thirds innings.  And if that wasn’t bad enough, Alex Torres surrendered the last two Brewers’ runs in his two innings of work.

Kyle Lohse (12-7, 3.42) gave up just the one Padres’ run on an Alexi Amarista RBI triple in the second, scoring Cameron Maybin.

Tonight at 7:10 pm PDT has the Friars sending Tyson Ross (11-12, 2.68) to the mound versus Jimmy Nelson (2-4, 4.15).  It’s Taco Tuesday brought to you by Cholula Hot Sauce.  So make sure you fill up on Kotsay Tacos and drown them in Cholula, because Tapatio will NOT be available.  At all.

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Sometimes things get a little fuzzy after spending your evening at the pub.  Then you fall asleep right after the game ends.  So here’s a friendly reminder of what you might have missed while you were drinking.

The Padres (59-65) defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers (71-57) by a score of 4-1 last night at Dodger Stadium.  Eric Stults (6-13, 4.53) continued his recent success, giving up just the one Dodgers run while pitching five innings on four hits and a walk with five strikeouts.  Dodgers’ starter Roberto Hernandez (7-9, 3.78) gave up all four (three earned) Padres’ runs in five innings on eight hits and two walk with only two strikeouts.

Alexi Amarista reached base in all four of his plate appearances, scoring two runs with an RBI.  Stults helped his own cause with a bases loaded single that Dodgers’ left fielder Justin Turner bobbled twice for an error.  Rymer Liriano made a nice catch in right field.  Kevin Quackenbush pitched the ninth inning for his first Major League save.

Tonight at 7:10 pm PDT Tyson Ross (11-11, 2.70) takes the mound in the final game in Los Angeles against Clayton Kershaw (14-3, 1.86) and the Dodgers.

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Somethings things can get a little fuzzy after a night on the town.  Here’s a friendly reminder of what you may have missed while you were drinking.

If you thought you might be hallucinating during the eighth and ninth innings, sadly, you weren’t. San Diego dropped a tough one to the St Louis Bob Davidson’s 4-3 in front of 45,000+ red, white, and light blue clad fans.  The loss snapped the Padres (57-63) modest 5-game winning streak.  St Louis (64-56) jumped over Pittsburgh and back into second place in the NL Central.

Lost in the end game kerfuffle was another strong outing by Eric Stults.  Eric surrendered a second-inning 2-run HR to Jhonny Peralta but otherwise kept the Cardinals in check.  Stults worked seven allowing just the two runs.  Counterpart John Lackey was tougher early, holding the Padres scoreless through five.  San Diego tied the game in the sixth, however, while only hitting one ball safely out of the infield:  walk, double (there it is!), walk, RBI ground out, infield fly, infield single, fly out.  Not exactly tearing the cover off the ball, that, but hell it got the team even.

The game stayed tied until Bob Davidson took a hand.  The Home Plate umpire appeared to get talked into changing a strike 3 call on Tony Cruz, to a foul ball, by Tony Cruz.  Replays pretty clearly showed Cruz swung over the pitch.  Of course he then immediately singled because, that’s baseball.  The Cardinals loaded the bases with no one out off Alex Torres and then plated two as Jon Jay hit an RBI double/fly ball over a drawn in Will Venable.  St Louis loaded the bases again with one out but Nick Vincent (Ramona) was able to work out of it.

In the ninth, a suddenly mortal Trevor Rosenthal could not find the plate consistently; when he did, the pitch was up and out over the middle of the dish.  San Diego loaded the bases with one out, when pinch hitter Jake Goebbert singled sharply to right, scoring Yasmani GrandalAlexi Amarista eluded catcher AJ Pierzynski’s tag, but Davidson called him out anyway.  Replay was, unbelievably, inconclusive.

How Bud Black didn’t completely lose his mind at that point is beyond me, but he apparently lost it enough to get ejected from the game (although to be fair, arguing a play that has been reviewed is an automatic ejection).  Rosenthal eventually struck out an overmatched Tommy Medica to end it.

Tyson Ross squares off against Lance Lynn tomorrow.

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Sometimes things get a little fuzzy when you spend an evening in the pub.  So here’s a friendly reminder of what you might have missed while you were drinking.

The Padres (53-62) defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates (62-54) 2-1 at PNC Park last night in a game that had all kinds of goofy plays on the Padres’ side of the diamond.  From players sliding into bases awkwardly to screwy throws from the outfield to a batter getting beaned in the head.  Despite all of that, the Friars managed to get out of a couple of jams and still win.

Eric Stults (5-13, 4.76) pitched tremendously, going six and a third innings while giving up just one run on seven hits and no walks with six strikeouts.  Jedd Gyorko and Yasmani Grandal each had an RBI.  Joaquin Benoit earned his fifth save with a perfect ninth inning.

Pirates’ starter Francisco Liriano (3-8, 3.82) took the loss despite pitching seven innings with just three hits, a walk, and four strikeouts.

Today it’s Tyson Ross (10-10, 2.62) taking the mound against the Pirates and Charlie Morton (5-10, 3.43) at 10:35 am PDT from PNC Park for baseball brunch.  Because it’s too late for breakfast and too early for lunch, but you’ll still get a good meal.

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