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

The Padres (48-59) scored fewer runs than the Minnesota Twins (51-54), 5-2 yesterday afternoon at Petco Park.

Luis Perdomo (5-6, 4.92) gave up five runs on seven hits and two walks with four strikeouts in six innings. In the second inning, Ervin Santana hit a two-run single to drive in Miguel Sano & Jorge Polanco and Eduardo Escobar drove in Jason Castro & Santana. Sano added the fifth run with a leadoff solo home run in the sixth inning.

Santana (11-7, 3.37) went the distance, allowing two runs on four hits and a walk while striking out nine in a complete game. In the fourth inning, Cory Spangenberg had the first Padres hit of the game and Jose Pirela hit a two-run home run.

The Padres travel to Heinz Field to start a three game series against the Pittsburgh Pirates (52-56) tomorrow evening at 4:05pm PDT. Travis Wood (1-3, 6.42) starts the first game against Ivan Nova (10-8, 3.75).
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Sometimes things get a little fuzzy when you are working during the game that started at 9:10 am PDT.  So here’s a friendly reminder of what you might have missed while you were drinking orange juice and/or coffee.

The Padres (46-59) were shutout by the Atlanta Braves (57-48) 2-0 at Turner Field yesterday.  Jason Lane (0-1, 0.87) was tagged with the loss despite only giving up one run in six innings on six hits and no walks with two strikeouts.  That one run came off a home run by Evan Gattis in the seventh.  Lane was called up from AAA El Paso to start for Ian Kennedy, who has a sore oblique but is expected to make his next scheduled start on Saturday.

Ervin Santana (10-6, 3.63) shut the Padres’ batters down in his eight innings.  Santana struck out a personal best eleven batters while giving up just five hits and no walks.  But he had some defensive help from Andrelton Simmons, who made a couple of great plays at shortstop.

Tonight, the Friars are back home at Petco Park to take on the St Louis Cardinals for three games.  Tyson Ross (9-10, 2.65) starts the opener tonight at 7:10 pm PDT against Lance Lynn (11-7, 3.05) on Taco Tuesday.  It’s also the Dog Days of Summer, so there will probably be more poop than usual in the Park at the Park.

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Yesterday morning Ervin Santana signed a 1-year contract for $14.1MM with the Atlanta Braves. It’s a good deal for Ervin Santana. He didn’t have a job before yesterday. It’s a good deal for the Braves who have seen injuries to pitchers Brandon Beachy and Kris Medlen, the latter of which, may require Tommy John surgery. Ervin Santana has a contract and the Braves filled a hole in their rotation, and everyone wins. Or do they?

Ervin Santana didn’t want a 1-year contract. Ervin Santana wanted a Many-year contract. This is an understandable desire. Averaging 210 IP over each of the previous 4 seasons, Ervin Santana has shown himself to be a reliable starter, and at 31 years of age, was seeking what could be his last chance to get a big payday. But because the Kansas City Royals gave Santana a Qualifying Offer at the end of the 2013 season for 1 year at $14.1MM there were restrictions to the right-hander’s impending free-agency. Santana could either accept the offer or seek a multi-year offer elsewhere. Once he rejected the Qualifying Offer any team that signed him would be required to forfeit its first pick in the 2014 June Amateur Draft. This caveat to signing Santana appears to have scared off a good many suitors but when teams get desperate they make deals happen – and along came the Atlanta Braves. By signing Santana the Braves will add payroll and forfeit their 28th pick in the 2014 June Amateur Draft (Don’t feel too bad for the Braves – they have a pick at #31 as compensation for the loss of Brian McCann).

It took more than 200 words but we’ve finally arrived to Chase Headley. He of the expiring contract at the end of 2014, Chase Headley. Is a Qualifying Offer in Chase Headley’s future?

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