Sometimes things get a little fuzzy during an evening at the pub. Here’s a friendly reminder of what you may have missed while you were drinking.

The Padres (33-45) scored fewer runs than the Baltimore Orioles (46-30) in the first of two games last night, 11-7, at Petco Park.

Erik Johnson (0-6, 8.33) gave up four runs on seven hits and no walks with two strikeouts. Adam Jones led off the game with a solo home run in the first inning. Jonathan Schoop scored on a Chris Davis sacrifice fly in the fourth inning. A two-run home run by Hyun Soo Kim with J.J. Hardy on base came in the fifth inning. Carlos Villanueva came in to pitch the sixth inning, and the Orioles scored seven runs off him in just two-thirds of an inning.

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Ubaldo Jimenez (5-7, 6.63) pitched five innings, surrendering one run on three hits and four walks while striking out five. Melvin Upton Jr. led off the bottom of the first with a solo home run that hit the batter’s eye in center field and made two spectacular catches, the first of which robbed a home run from Hardy in the second inning. Wil Myers hit a three-run home run with Alexei Ramirez and Ryan Schimpf on base in the seventh inning. In the bottom of the ninth inning, Travis Jankowski and Myers scored on Adam Rosales‘ double and Rosales came home on a double by Yangervis Solarte.

This afternoon’s game has Christian Friedrich (4-2, 3.60) taking the mound against Yovani Gallardo (2-1, 6.04). First pitch is scheduled for 12:40pm PDT.

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Sometimes things get a little fuzzy during an evening at the pub. Here’s a friendly reminder of what you may have missed while you were drinking.

The Padres (30-43) scored fewer runs than the Baltimore Orioles (41-30) last night, 7-2, splitting their two game series in Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

Erik Johnson (0-5, 8.54) gave up six runs on nine hits and a walk while striking out three over four innings. Mark Trumbo led off the second inning with a solo home run. In the third inning, a Jonathan Schoop RBI double scored Adam Jones. A Matt Wieters RBI single in the fourth inning brought Trumbo in for another run. Johnson gave up a leadoff home run to Ryan Flaherty and loaded the bases with no outs in the fifth before being pulled for Carlos Villanueva. Villanueva hit Chris Davis with a pitch to bring Jones across the plate and Wieters’ sacrifice fly drove in Schoop. Hyun Soo Kim singled in the sixth inning to drive in Flaherty.

Ubaldo Jimenez (4-7, 6.97) pitched six innings, allowing two runs on four hits and four walks with seven strikeouts. RBI singles by Matt Kemp to drive in Travis Jankowski in the first and fifth innings accounted for both Padres’ runs.

The Padres tonight face the Cincinnati Reds (28-43) at 4:10pm PDT at Great American Ballpark. Christian Friedrich (3-2, 3.15) faces off against John Lamb (1-4, 4.75) in the first of four games.

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Sometimes things get a little fuzzy during an evening at the pub. Here’s a friendly reminder of what you may have missed while you were drinking.

The Padres (27-41) scored fewer runs than the Washington Nationals (42-25), 8-5 last night, in the first of four games at Petco Park.

Erik Johnson (0-4, 7.66) gave up five runs in six innings on seven hits and two walks with two strikeouts. The Nationals got on the board on a sacrifice fly by Stephen Drew to score Wilson Ramos. Back-to-back home runs by Bryce Harper and Ramos in the third inning added three more runs. In the sixth inning, Anthony Rendon added solo home run. Clint Robinson‘s sacrifice fly in the seventh inning added to the Nationals’ lead. And a throwing error by Christian Bethancourt allowed Ben Revere to score in the ninth inning.

Tanner Roark (6-4, 3.14) pitched six innings, surrendering four runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out five. In the first inning, Matt Kemp opened up the scoring with an RBI single to bring Travis Jankowski across the plate. One out later, Wil Myers scored on an RBI single by Melvin Upton Jr. Myers hit a solo home run with one out in the fifth inning. A Bethancourt RBI groundout in the sixth inning scored Upton Jr. And a Kemp sacrifice fly in the ninth scored Jankowski for the final run.

Tonight’s matchup pits Christian Friedrich (3-1, 2.12) against former Padres’ prospect Joe Ross (5-4, 3.01). First pitch is scheduled for 7:40pm PDT.

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Sometimes things get a little fuzzy during an afternoon at the pub. Here’s a friendly reminder of what you may have missed while you were drinking.

The Padres (26-37) scored fewer runs than the Colorado Rockies (29-33), 5-3, during yesterday afternoon’s second game of three at Coors Field.

Erik Johnson (0-3, 7.71) made his Padres debut after being acquired last Saturday from the Chicago White Sox for James Shields. Johnson gave up all five Rockies’ runs on nine hits and two walks with three strikeouts in four and two-thirds innings. A Carlos Gonzalez three-run home run in the first inning with Charlie Blackmon and DJ LeMahieu on base put the Rockies on the board. Blackmon led off the fifth inning with a solo home run and Gonzalez hit an RBI single for the Rockies’ fifth run of the game.

Tyler Chatwood (8-4, 2.89) pitched six and two-thirds innings, giving up three runs on six hits and three walks while striking out two. The Padres jumped out to a 2-0 lead after batting in the first inning. A Yangervis Solarte ground out scored Wil Myers and an RBI single by Melvin Upton Jr. scored Matt Kemp. In the fifth inning, a single by Jon Jay scored Alexi Amarista, but Jay was caught in a rundown between first and second bases to end the inning.

The series finale is this afternoon starting 1:10pm PDT. Christian Friedrich (2-1, 2.57) gets the start against Eddie Butler (2-3, 5.48) Tyler Anderson, who is making his Major League debut.

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When the Padres signed James Shields toward the end of A.J. Preller’s “rockstar GM” phase, I noted that they were putting the future on hold. The Shields acquisition, at the time, represented yet another bet on that team, on the present, on winning. That team’s still together, somewhat, but they’re still mostly failing and they’re starting to come unglued.

Shields is in Chicago now, sent away with money in a deal that returned Erik Johnson, a fringy 26-year-old right hander, and Fernando Tatis Jr., a Dominican shortstop who was not yet four months old when this happened. The timing for the deal is somewhat odd—it came just four days after Shields surrendered 10 runs in Seattle, bumping his ERA up over a full run, and three days after Ron Fowler’s radio rant, in which he specifically called Shields “embarrassing.” So much for dealing players at peak value.

Ignoring some potential trade value lost from one really bad start and a public tear-down by the team’s executive chairman—and the too-obvious irony of Fowler calling somebody else embarrassing—and maybe this was just what the Padres needed to kickstart a rebuilding process that seems plainly obvious from the outside. The Plan didn’t work, in part because it probably wasn’t a very good plan and in part because baseball’s baseball. We all kind of stink at predicting it, even the executives and general managers and scouts and analysts who are paid real money—sometimes real good money—to chronically obsess over it, study it, and put their jobs on the line for it. Players get hurt and players under-perform and other teams do smart things and randomness is always sitting in the corner, ominously waiting to pounce when things are finally going well. Oh, yeah, and sometimes non-baseball ops people get involved in baseball decisions.

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