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 (53-72) scored fewer runs than the Chicago Cubs (79-45) last night, 5-1, in the first of three games at Petco Park.

Edwin Jackson (3-4, 5.71) gave up five runs on seven hits — including three home runs — and four walks with two strikeouts in five innings. Addison Russell hit a solo home run in the second inning. Dexter Fowler scored in the third inning on a Russell sacrifice fly. Kris Bryant led off the fifth inning with a solo home run and Jason Heyward hit a two-run home run with Anthony Rizzo on base.

Jon Lester (14-4, 2.81) pitched six innings, allowing one run on five hits and two walks while striking out eight. In the seventh inning, Ryan Schimpf struck out on a Justin Grimm wild pitch and made it to first base, allowing Alex Dickerson to score the Padres’ only run.

Tonight, Christian Friedrich (4-9, 4.69) takes the mound against Jake Arrieta (15-5, 2.75) starting at 7:10pm PDT.

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Sometimes things get a little fuzzy during a morning at the office, sneaking in a Padres game in between customer calls and sips of the scotch you hid in your desk drawer. Here’s a friendly reminder of what you may have missed while you were pretending to work.

The Padres (14-20) scored more runs than the Chicago Cubs (25-7), 7-4, at Wrigley Field this morning in the make-up game of Monday’s rainout.

Colin Rea (3-1, 4.24) allowed all four runs in five innings pitched on seven hits and four walk with three strikeouts. An Anthony Rizzo single in the first inning scored Ben Zobrist, who had an RBI single in the second inning. In the fourth inning, back-to-back doubles by Addison Russell and Tim Federowicz scored two more runs for the Cubs. Carlos Villanueva pitched a shutout inning of relief in the sixth and was credited with the win.

Kyle Hendricks (2-2, 3.03) pitched six and two-thirds innings, allowing three runs on six hits and a walk while striking out eight. Wil Myers reached and advanced to second base on a throwing error in the first inning, allowing Travis Jankowski to score. Matt Kemp then followed with a single to plate Myers. With two outs in the seventh inning, Myers singled to score Jankowski again, Kemp walked, and Brett Wallace hit a three-run home run to put the Padres ahead for good. A Kemp sacrifice fly in the eighth inning plated Adam Rosales and added an insurance run.

In the series finale and second game today, Drew Pomeranz (3-3, 2.12) takes the mound against John Lackey (4-1, 4.02) at 5:05pm 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 (13-20) scored fewer runs than the Chicago Cubs (25-6) in the first of three games at Wrigley Field. Monday’s game was rained out.

Cesar Vargas (0-2, 3.54) gave up six runs on ten hits and three walks and a strikeout in just four innings. In the second inning, Ben Zobrist scored on an Addison Russell double. On the throw from Matt Kemp, Russell  was tagged out between second and third base in a weird-looking play that I still haven’t quite figured out yet. A Kris Bryant double in the third inning scored Dexter Fowler and Jason Heyward. Bryant later came home on a single by Zobrist. Russell hit a two-run triple in the seventh inning to score Anthony Rizzo and Zobrist.

Jon Lester (4-1, 1.96) pitched six innings, giving up three runs on four hits and a walk while striking out four. Melvin Upton Jr. hit a solo home run with two outs in the fourth inning to give the Padres their first run of the night. In the fifth inning, a double by Alexei Ramirez (who would eventually leave the game with a right hamstring cramp) scored Jose Pirela, followed one out later by a double by Jon Jay to score pinch-runner Adam Rosales. With the bases loaded and two out in the eighth inning, Alex Dickerson hit his first Major League home run, a grand slam, driving in Derek Norris, Upton, and Pirela.

Today, the Padres and Cubs will play a day/night doubleheader. In the first game, starting at 10:05pm PDT, Colin Rea (3-1, 3.82) takes on Kyle Hendricks (2-2, 3.10). In the second game, Drew Pomeranz (3-3, 2.12) takes the mound against John Lackey (4-1, 4.02) at 5:05pm PDT.

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The natives have become quite restless.

As the 2015 off-season enters the 2nd half of it’s 2nd month, while it has seemed like nearly every major transaction of this winter hot stove season has involved one of the other teams in the NL West, the Padres have basically the same holes with which they entered the off-season. They’ve made some moves, yes, but because those have been moves meant to add depth, clear payroll, and rebuild the team’s depleted farm system, there has been little done to add to the major league roster for 2016. After last off-season, everyone is waiting for the sequel to start.

The phrase of the year appears to be “contend and rebuild.” The Padres, wary of losing revenue in the short-term for what could be a better chance at success in the long-term, are unwilling as an ownership group to commit to a complete tear down and rebuild, such as what we’ve seen recently from the Astros and the Cubs. The club’s majority/minority owner Peter Seidler, by way of the Union-Tribune’s Dennis Lin this past summer, and brought back to the forefront by Chris from Padres Public’s own The Sacrifice Bunt just last week, is talking about “competing year after year after year.” Whether you fear or hope for a complete rebuild, this is not ownership’s vision for the franchise.

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