Crowdsourcing is the latest fad in seemingly every endeavor.  From Kickstarter to Storify, it seems gathering money or ideas from others and using it for your own benefit has become commonplace.

I’m not immune.  Occasionally I use it to figure out topics to write about that you people would like to read.  This is one of those occasions.  That I chose something to write about, not necessarily that you would like to read.

In Episode 13 of the Padres And Pints podcast, Rick revealed he was drinking not the standard beer, but rather Cran-Grape juice.  This caused a certain degree of ridicule from me some.  So, of course, when I decided to take suggestions for topics, Rick decided to get back at me us a little bit.

Here’s the thing:  I have little to no shame.  And I’m a little desperate to write about something Padres-related.  Challenge accepted.

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

The Padres (58-64) lost 7-6 to the St Louis Cardinals (65-57) in the final game of their four-game series at Busch Stadium.  It took 42 pitches for Odrisamer Despaigne (3-4, 3.26) to get through the first two innings, giving up five runs in the process.  Which, when the opposing pitcher is Adam Wainwright (15-7, 2.40), is pretty much a nail in the coffin for any team.

But, the Friars managed to scrap their way back into the game against Wainwright, scoring four runs (three earned) off of him before he left after seven innings.  And they managed to score the other two runs off of reliever Seth Maness after Trevor Rosenthal loaded the bases in the ninth inning.  But it wasn’t quite enough.

The Padres have today off as they travel to Los Angeles to face the Dodgers in a three-game series.  Ian Kennedy (9-10, 3.54) faces off against Kevin Correia (1-0, 1.50) at 7:10 pm PDT tomorrow night.

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Sometimes things get a little fuzzy after spending your evening at the pub — only to find out the pub doesn’t have Fox Sports One on their TV package either.  So here’s a friendly reminder of what you might have missed while you were watching Jaws: The Revenge on Spike…and drinking.

The Padres (58-63) defeated the St Louis Cardinals (64-57) in a rain-delayed game last night, 9-5.  Starters Jesse Hahn (7-3, 2.96) and Shelby Miller (8-9, 4.25) were left with no decisions, as the Padres came back from deficits of 4-0 and 5-4 to win.

Jake Goebbert hit a bases-loaded triple in the Padres’ four-run third inning.  Jedd Gyorko had five RBI, four of which came via his second grand slam home run of the year and third of his career to put the Friars ahead for good in the seventh inning.  After a one hour and 45 minute rain delay, Seth Smith added the ninth and final run in the eighth with an RBI single to drive in Yangervis Solarte.  And then Smith was thrown out trying to stretch that single into a double.  But, in the end, it didn’t matter.

Today at 11:15 am PDT the Padres will go up against Adam Wainwright (14-7, 2.34) in the final game of the series.  Hopefully, Odrisamer Despaigne (3-3, 2.72) can overcome his recent troubles and help the Padres split the series.

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Kyle Blanks’ long, mostly enigmatic San Diego Padres career came crashing to an end last week, as he was dealt to the Oakland A’s for outfielder Jake Goebbert and a player to be named later or cash considerations.

A draft-and-follow from the 42nd round of the 2004 draft, Blanks raked at every level in the Padres minor league system. Blanks’ prospect breakout came in 2007 when he hit .301/.380/.540 and popped 20 home runs in High-A Lake Elsinore. He solidified that performance in 2008 when, as a 21-year-old, he hit .325/.404/.514 in pitcher-friendly Double-A San Antonio. By 2009, Baseball America rated him as the No. 1 prospect in the Padres system and 50th in all of baseball.

At that point, the only thing blocking Blanks from a full-time job in San Diego was Adrian Gonzalez, who just so happened to play Blanks’ natural position of first base. Even that wasn’t much of a roadblock, as the nimble-for-his-size Blanks, who stands at 6’6’’ and weighs somewhere in the neighborhood of 275 pounds, was able to make a largely (no pun intended) seamless transition to the outfield, splitting time between left and right field for the Padres in 2009. He also hit .250/.355/.514 that year as a 22-year-old rookie, smashing 10 home runs in just 172 plate appearances. Season-ending plantar fasciitis in September both put an end to Blanks’ fantastic rookie season and foreshadowed an injury-plagued future.

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