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 (53-75) scored fewer runs than the Miami Marlins (67-61) in the first game of three at Marlins Park, 7-6, on a walk-off ground-rule double in the ninth inning by Chris Johnson.

Jarred Cosart (0-1, 4.23) pitched five innings, giving up two runs (one earned) on five hits and two walks with three strikeouts. Christian Yelich scored on Marcell Ozuna‘s double in the first inning. In the third, an RBI groundout by Yelich drove J.T. Realmuto in. Ozuna singled in the seventh inning and advance to second base on a fielding error by Patrick Kivlehan, allowing Realmuto to score. Martin Prado‘s single drove in Robert Andino and Yelich singled again to score Realmuto, again, in the eighth inning. Johnson’s two-out ground-rule double in the ninth inning scored Jeff Francoeur with the winning run.

David Phelps (7-6, 2.52) lasted just three and two-thirds innings, allowing four runs (three earned) on two hits and three walks while striking out six. Luis Sardinas‘ bases-clearing double in the fourth inning scored Alex Dickerson, Ryan Schimpf, and Kivlehan and Sardinas scored on an error by Phelps on a ball hit by Cosart. Schimpf hit a solo home run in the fifth inning. Sardinas hit a solo home run in the sixth inning.

This evening’s second game will have Clayton Richard (0-3, 4.44) taking the mound against Jose Urena (2-4, 6.33). First pitch is at 4:10pm 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 (24-35) scored more runs than the Atlanta Braves (16-41) last night, 7-2, in the first of three games at Petco Park.

Christian Friedrich (3-1, 2.57) allowed two runs on six hit and two walk while striking out seven in six and two-thirds innings. In the first inning, Jeff Francoeur ground out with runners on first and third base, scoring Ender Inciarte. An RBI single by Chase d’Arnaud in the seventh inning scored Kelly Johnson.

Williams Perez (2-2, 4.62) left after four and a third innings after injuring a tricep. Perez gave up six runs on seven hits and no walks with two strikeouts. A first inning sacrifice fly from Matt Kemp scored Jon Jay. In the third inning, Yangervis Solarte hit a three-run home run with Wil Myers and Kemp on base. A Kemp RBI double scored Myers and a ground out by Melvin Upton Jr. brought Kemp around in the fifth inning. Derek Norris‘ RBI double scored Alexi Amarista, who was pinch-running for Brett Wallace, who had hit a ground rule double in the eighth inning.

Tonight’s second game features Colin Rea (3-2, 4.85) against Aaron Blair (0-4, 7.55) starting 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 when you spend an evening in the pub.  So here’s a friendly reminder of what you might have missed while you were drinking.

The Padres (53-62) defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates (62-54) 2-1 at PNC Park last night in a game that had all kinds of goofy plays on the Padres’ side of the diamond.  From players sliding into bases awkwardly to screwy throws from the outfield to a batter getting beaned in the head.  Despite all of that, the Friars managed to get out of a couple of jams and still win.

Eric Stults (5-13, 4.76) pitched tremendously, going six and a third innings while giving up just one run on seven hits and no walks with six strikeouts.  Jedd Gyorko and Yasmani Grandal each had an RBI.  Joaquin Benoit earned his fifth save with a perfect ninth inning.

Pirates’ starter Francisco Liriano (3-8, 3.82) took the loss despite pitching seven innings with just three hits, a walk, and four strikeouts.

Today it’s Tyson Ross (10-10, 2.62) taking the mound against the Pirates and Charlie Morton (5-10, 3.43) at 10:35 am PDT from PNC Park for baseball brunch.  Because it’s too late for breakfast and too early for lunch, but you’ll still get a good meal.

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Sometimes things get a little fuzzy after spending 100 games watching awful baseball and your starting centerfielder getting suspended for 25 games.  So here’s a friendly reminder of what you might have missed while you were drinking.

The Padres (44-56) defeated the Chicago Cubs (41-58) by a score of 8-3 in the second game of a three game series at Wrigley Field. Ian Kennedy (8-9) was the winner for the Padres, Tsuyoshi Wada (0-1) was the loser for Chicago. Newcomers Jeff Francoeur and Yangervis Solarte each contributed immediately to the cause, driving in 2 runs and scoring 3 between them. Kevin Quackenbush, Alex Torres, and Ramona’s Nick Vincent combined for 2 innings pitched and were each rewarded with a “hold”, which is something.

The series wraps up today at 5:05 PM, with Tyson Ross (8-10, 2.70 ERA) going for San Diego vs. Chicago’s Edwin Jackson (5-10, 5.61 ERA).

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Thanks to johlac66, I got to see my second Padres game of 2014 on Saturday night. Mrs. Ducksnorts and I hung with him and Gaslamp Ball‘s jbox for the evening in a packed Petco Park.

We caught the tail end of Padres batting practice. Dave Roberts was pitching. Andrew Cashner and Cameron Maybin chatted with fans. Maybin, who would later make a ridiculous catch in right-center during the game to rob Junior Lake of extra bases, looks like he’s having fun even in warmups.

Then the Cubs batted. Lake and Mike Olt put on serious power displays. Former Padres first baseman Anthony Rizzo worked on hitting the ball to left field, then took some grounders at shortstop for fun. Manager Rick Renteria got a nice round of applause from those who remember his days as a Padres coach and perhaps even as skipper of the Lake Elsinore Storm.

Food: Tri-tip sandwich. Drink: Alesemith Speedway Stout, served on tap at Ryan Bros. Coffee stand. That a 12% ABV beer is poured at Petco Park borders on irresponsible, but I’m not complaining.

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Games! Data! La Forge! To celebrate the fact that the season is now 13 percent complete, here are 13 items of potential interest (stats are through April 22):

  • The difference between the top of the order and the heart has been staggering. Guys in the first two slots have hit .297/.333/.436 (these numbers were even better when I started writing this), while 3 through 6 are at .194/.257/.291 (lowest OPS in baseball, nearly 70 points worse than the Houston Astros). That isn’t the best way to score runs.
  • In an April 17 game at Petco Park, Colorado’s Troy Tulowitzki drew three walks, or one more than Everth Cabrera and Will Venable have drawn combined in 158 plate appearances.
  • In 44 plate appearances, Alexi Amarista has drawn more than three times as many walks as Cabrera and Venable. As others have noted, it’s hard to throw strikes to the 5’6” Amarista, although that hasn’t kept him from not drawing walks in the past.

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This edition of “Questions You were Too Afraid To Ask” covers the Padres three-headed catcher, the inevitable emergence of Austin Hedges, a couple of minor league transactions, and, you guessed it, contract extensions.

How long will the Padres carry three catchers? Who will be the odd man out?

As Corey Brock discussed on this past Sunday, Bud Black is trying to successfully juggle three catchers on the 25-man roster.

Most teams only carry two catchers because three simply isn’t an efficient use of roster slots when you have to field seven or eight other positions and catchers generally hit like, well, catchers. In fact, a quick scan of MLB Depth Charts reveals that only two other teams, the pitch framing obsessed New York Yankees and the Toronto Blue Jays, currently carry three backstops, and the Blue Jays are likely to trim one soon enough.

The Padres are in a unique situation, of course. Yasmani Grandal is clearly the No. 1 catcher, but he’s making an ahead-of-schedule return from ACL surgery and isn’t able to catch back-to-back nine inning games yet. Nick Hundley is just two years removed from an age-27 breakout which led to a three-year, $9 million extension that ends after this season. (The Padres have a $5 million option for 2015.) And journeyman Rene Rivera has found a home in San Diego as a defensive specialist and Andrew Cashner’s personal catcher. To further complicate matters, the Padres can’t send Rivera or Hundley to the minor leagues without risk of losing them – Rivera because he’s out of options and Hundley because he’s surpassed five years of service time.

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