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 (24-39) scored fewer runs than the Kansas City Royals (27-34) at Petco Park yesterday, 12-6.

Miguel Diaz (1-1, 6.92) started his first game in the Major Leagues and allowed no runs on one hit and three walks with one strikeout in two innings. Craig Stammen, Jose Torres, and Kirby Yates combined to allow three runs in relief. Then Brad Hand and Jose Valdez came into pitch and allowed nine runs (eight earned) in one and two-thirds innings, with the final blow coming on a grand slam home run by Lorenzo Cain in the eighth inning.

Ian Kennedy (0-6, 5.40) pitched six innings, giving up four runs on six hits and two walks while striking out five. Jose Pirela led off the first inning with a solo home run. In the fifth inning, Pirela hit a two-run double and Yangervis Solarte hit a run scoring single. Solarte singled again in the seventh inning to drive in Pirela. Erick Aybar hit an RBI single in the eighth inning.

This afternoon’s series finale will have Dinelson Lamet (2-1, 6.92) going up against Jake Junis (1-0, 5.23) starting at 1:40pm PDT.
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Ahh, the good ol’ qualifying offer. Of the 34 players that have received a qualifying offer since new rules were implemented in 2012, not a single one has accepted the deal.

There are incentives for teams to send qualifying offers to good departing players, first because those teams get draft pick compensation if the player elects free agency and second because, even if the player accepts, it’s usually not a bad thing: $15 or $16 million for–let’s say–Justin Upton, that ain’t so bad. In fact, it’d be a terrific one-year, low-risk deal for a star player.

That’s why the Padres will skip and jump down to the qualifying offer office next month and file one for Upton, who will almost certainly counter by rejecting it while skipping and jumping to the land of free agency. The Padres, however, will happily accept their draft pick and use it to start restocking the farm system. Everybody wins–sort of, anyway.

But what about Ian Kennedy? Should the Padres offer him a QO? They’d probably like to, if only they knew Kennedy would reject it, which would allow the Padres to add another draft pick to the stockpile for next June.

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

The Padres (74-85) scored more runs than the Milwaukee Brewers (68-91), 3-1, yesterday afternoon in the final home game of the 2015 season at Petco Park.

Ian Kennedy (9-15, 4.28) — making his last start of 2015, and possibly his last in a Padres’ uniform — pitched six innings, allowing the one run and striking out eleven with five hits and no walks. Shane Peterson hit a pinch-hit solo home run to lead off the sixth inning.

Taylor Jungmann (9-8, 3.77) lasted just three innings, giving up three runs on four hits and four walks with two strikeouts. Yangervis Solarte hit a two-run home run in the third inning. Cory Spangenberg‘s RBI single in the fourth added an insurance run.

Wil Myers left the game in the fourth inning because of left wrist soreness. The same wrist he had surgery on earlier this season that caused him to miss 98 games during his recovery.

The Padres travel all the way to Los Angeles to take on the Dodgers (89-70) for the final three-game series of 2015. Casey Kelly (0-1, 9.00) gets another start and will face Alex Wood (4-6, 4.55) tonight at 7:10pm PDT.

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Sometimes things get a little fuzzy after a night at the pub.  Or perhaps you get distracted thanks to four pitching changes in the span of six hitters – twice.  Here’s a friendly reminder of what you missed while you were drinking.

The Padres (72-81) took the rubber game and the 3-game series from San Francisco (79-73), 5-4, on a walk-off single by Alexi AmaristaCraig Kimbrel (4-2) was awarded the win for a scoreless inning of relief.  Mike Broadway (0-2) took the loss after allowing a leadoff double to Derek Norris in the ninth.  An announced crowd of 31,137 watched the proceedings, and a surprisingly good chunk of them stayed the whole Three Hours and Thirty-Three minutes it took to play.

Ian Kennedy started for San Diego and managed to escape damage in the first only because Angel Pagan forgot how to round third.  His squared-off turn would have made a Drill Instructor happy, but it enabled Melvin Upton Jr. and Wil Myers to complete the relay to Norris, nabbing Pagan at the plate.  The Giants jumped to an early lead anyway on Brandon Crawford‘s home run to lead off the second.  Madison Bumgarner, who had throttled the Padres the last time he faced them, walked Justin Upton to start the second, allowed Jedd Gyorko to single, and then surrendered a 3-run HR to Norris that juuust cleared the wall in RC.  3-1 San Diego.

San Francisco got on back on Alejandro De Aza‘s RBI single in the second, and tied the game in the fifth on Marlon Byrd‘s RBI single.  The Giants forged ahead thanks to a wild pitch (that moved runners to second and third), and a balk that allowed Brandon Crawford to score.  Pat Murphy came out to argue to no avail.

It stayed that way until Bumgarner left the game after seven.  Former lights-out closer Sergio Romo hung a pitch to Matt Kemp, who lined it into the LF corner for a double.  When the left-field foul pole turned into a pinball flipper, knocking the ball away from De Aza, Cory Spangenberg scored easily from first.  In the ninth, Norris’ double was followed by Melvin Upton’s perfect sacrifice bunt; an intentional walk to Brett Wallace; and the RBI single from Amarista against a drawn in infield and outfield.

And so we bid farewell to the legions of invading orange-clad fans for another year.

Tomorrow NL West foe Colorado Houston Cincinnati Atlanta Los Angeles Arizona makes its final appearance at Petco for 2015.  Casey Kelly will face Rubby De La Rosa at 7:10.

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

The Padres (69-79) scored fewer runs than the Colorado Rockies (62-85) last night, 7-4, in the first of three games at Coors Field in Denver, CO. The loss ended any chance of the Padres getting into the postseason, which no one really expected to happen at this point anyway.

Ian Kennedy (8-15, 4.29) threw 110 pitches in six innings, allowing four runs (three earned) on six hits and a walk with five strikeouts. An RBI single from Corey Dickerson followed by a two-run double by Dustin Garneu in the second inning opened the scoring for the Rockies. Justin Morneau‘s RBI double in the third inning made it 4-1. Jay Jackson and Marc Rzepczynski allowed the other three runs in a combined two-thirds of an inning in relief in the seventh inning. Jose Reyes hit a two-RBI single and Nolan Arenado hit an RBI single two-batters later.

Chad Bettis (8-5, 4.46) allowed one run in five innings on four hits and a walk while striking out six. In the third inning, a groundout by Justin Upton allowed Wil Myers to score from third base to put the Padres on the board. Myers then hit a solo home run in the seventh inning. A single by Cory Spangenberg plated J Upton and Melvin Upton Jr. scored on a throwing error by Charlie Blackmon.

This evening at 5:10pm PDT, Robbie Erlin gets his first start of 2015 for the Padres against Yohan Flande (3-3, 4.95).

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

The Padres (67-76) scored fewer runs than the San Francisco Giants (74-68) last night, 8-0.

Ian Kennedy (8-14, 4.28) got knocked around in four and two-thirds innings, allowing seven runs on seven hits and three walks with two strikeouts. Angel Pagan led off the fifth inning with a solo home run. Brandon Belt hit another solo home run off Frank Garces with one out in the seventh inning.

Madison Bumgarner (17-7, 3.05) was perfect until two outs in the eighth inning when Melvin Upton Jr. hit a ground ball up the middle into center field for the Padres first and only hit and baserunner of the night.

This afternoon Odrisamer Despaigne (5-8, 5.65) gets the start due to Colin Rea‘s sore forearm. The Giants will send Mike Leake (9-8, 3.70) to the mound. First pitch is scheduled for 1:05pm PDT.

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

The Padres (64-69) scored fewer runs than the Texas Rangers (70-62), 4-3 in ten innings last night at Petco Park,

Ian Kennedy (8-12, 3.88) struck out twelve and allowed two runs on five hits and two walk in seven innings. But the Padres bullpen could not hold the one run lead Kennedy left in their hands. Joaquin Benoit walked Shin-Soo Choo and Prince Fielder singled, bringing up Adrian Beltre, who hit a sacrifice fly to tie the game at three in the eighth inning. In the 10th inning, Bud Norris gave up a single to Elvis Andrus and Mitch Moreland hit a double that brought Andrus around to score the go-ahead run.

Cole Hamels (2-1, 3.70) also threw seven innings, allowing three runs on eight hits and a walk with eight strikeouts. Clint Barmes hit a two-RBI double in the fourth inning to scored Jedd Gyorko and Matt Kemp. In the sixth inning, Justin Upton and Brett Wallace hit back-to-back singles and Upton scored on a Barmes ground out Fielder’s Choice.

Tonight, the Los Angeles Dodgers (75-57) come to Petco Park for four games. Colin Rea (2-2, 5.95) gets the ball against Mat Latos (4-9, 4.76) at 7:10pm PDT.

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

The Padres (62-66) scored fewer runs than the Philadelphia Phillies (51-78), 7-1, in the first of three games at Citizens Bank Park.

Ian Kennedy (8-12, 3.94) threw 118 pitches in six and two-thirds innings, allowing two runs on two hits and five walks with seven strikeouts. Bud Norris finished the seventh inning by getting Cesar Hernandez to ground out. Marc Rzepczynski started the eighth inning and gave up a single to Odubel Herrera, an RBI triple to Aaron Altherr, struck out Ryan Howard, and hit Andres Blanco with a pitch. Odrisamer Despaigne came in to pitch and pinch-hitter Jeff Francoeur hit an RBI double and Cameron Rupp hit a monstrous three-run home run.

Aaron Nola (5-1, 3.26) allowed the one Padres’ run on two hits and two walk with six strikeouts in seven innings. Justin Upton hit a solo home run with one out in the fourth inning. Jerome Williams recorded the save by pitching two scoreless innings.

Colin Rea (2-1, 5.52) gets the start tonight at 4:05pm PDT against Adam Morgan (4-4, 4.43) in the second game.

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

The Padres (61-62) scored more runs than the St Louis Cardinals (77-45) last night in the second game of three at Petco Park, 8-0.

Ian Kennedy (8-11, 4.01) pitched six shutout innings, allowing seven hits and a walk with a season high ten strikeouts. In the seventh inning. Brandon Moss doubled and Tommy Pham singled off Kennedy to get Moss to third. Shawn Kelley, Marc Rzepczynski, and Bud Norris each faced and struck out one batter in relief of Kennedy.

Carlos Martinez (12-6, 2.85) kept it a close game, allowing just one run through the first six innings. Derek Norris led off the fourth inning with a triple, Cory Spangenberg reached on an infield single, Kennedy laid down a sacrifice bunt to get Spangenberg to second base, and Travis Jankowski hit into an RBI groundout to bring Norris home.

The seventh inning was a nightmare for the Cardinals. Alexi Amarista led off with a pinch-hit single, Jankowski bunted for a single, then Yangervis Solarte sacrifice bunted the runners over. Randy Choate relieved Martinez and proceeded to walk Yonder Alonso to load the bases. Seth Maness then came in to pitch and gave up a two-run single to Matt Kemp. Then a two-run double to Justin Upton. After getting Jedd Gyorko to ground out, Derek Norris reached on an error. Clint Barmes then doubled to drive in Upton and Amarista came up again and singled to score Norris. Maness was replaced by Tyler Lyons and Jankowski singled to drive in Barmes.

And now I need a break from typing.

This afternoon, Colin Rea (2-0, 4.22) takes the mound against Michael Wacha (14-4, 2.85) with first pitch scheduled for 1:10pm PDT.

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Sometimes things get a little fuzzy after spending a Sunday afternoon at the Gameday Sports Bar & Grill at Sycuan Casino. Here’s a friendly reminder of what you may have missed while you were drinking.

The Padres (56-62) scored fewer runs than the Colorado Rockies (48-68) yesterday, 5-0, in the final game of a three-game set at Coors Field.

Ian Kennedy (7-11, 4.20) pitched six and two-thirds innings, giving up four runs (one earned) on four hits and a walk with eight strikeouts. Carlos Gonzalez hit a solo home run in the fourth inning. The Rockies scored three unearned runs with two outs in the seventh. Nolan Arenado reached on an error by Derek Norris, who was playing at first base. Ben Paulsen doubled. DJ LeMahieu was intentionally walked. A double by Michael McKenry cleared the bases and drove in Arenado, Paulsen, and LeMahieu. Even though replays clearly showed Austin Hedges tagged LeMahieu at the plate, the call was not reversed.

Chris Rusin (4-5, 3.99) threw a complete game shutout — the first shutout by a Rockies’ starter since Tyler Matzek beat (you guessed it) the Padres, 3-0 on September 5, 2014 — with five hits, a walk, and four strikeouts. The only real threat from the Padres came in the sixth inning, when Rusin loaded the bases with two outs. Facing Jedd Gyorko, the second base umpire called a balk on Rusin and Norris came in to score. But, then the umpires got together and decided it was not a balk and the 1-0 count to Gyorko never happened. Pat Murphy was ejected trying to get an explanation of what happened.

The Friars return home to Petco Park and take on the Atlanta Braves (53-64) for three games starting tonight at 7:10pm PDT. Colin Rea (1-0, 5.40) goes against Williams Perez (4-3, 4.21) in his second Major League start.

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