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 on your day of rest.  Here’s a friendly reminder of what you may have missed while you were drinking.

The Philadelphia Phillies (45-67) completed the sweep of San Diego (52-60), 5-3, before 24,156 fans on a lovely Sunday afternoon.  Jerome Williams – who entered the game with an overall ERA over 6 and a road ERA over 8 – allowed one run on five hits over 7 innings.  Like yesterday’s game, the Padres trailed 1-0 after four hitters.  Andrew Cashner pitched reasonably well, allowing 8 hits and striking out four over his 6 and 2/3 innings, but was victimized by a lack of offense and a leaky bullpen.

Highlights of the game included Justin Upton‘s 421’ bomb in the sixth to get San Diego on the board; Alexi Amarista‘s ‘Husband and Wife’ (volleyball term) double in the eighth; Cody Asche robbing Derek Norris of a HR in the seventh; and an excellent snare of a line drive by the LF ball girl.

The Padres have now lost six in a row, and probably seen any hope of making the playoffs extinguished.

Monday the Cincinnati Reds come to town for three games.  Ian Kennedy (6-10, 4.49) will face David Holmberg (1-0, 3.27) in the opener.

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Vinnie Vincent Invasion was an ’80s hair band led by a former KISS guitarist named, as fate would have it, Vinnie Vincent. I’ve mentioned this before, but I once saw them open for Iron Maiden at Long Beach Arena. Pink amplifiers everywhere.

I’m still traumatized, thanks for asking.

Nick Vincent, on the other hand, is a reliever for the Padres. He traumatizes right-handed batters.

We’ll save the how and why for some other day. For now, let’s all revel in the glory that is Vincent. Here are pitchers with the lowest opponent OPS by right-handed hitters over 2013-2014, minimum 200 plate appearances (thanks, as always, to Baseball-Reference’s Play Index):

Player PA BA OBP SLG BB K
Craig Kimbrel 237 .125 .226 .188 24 87
Nick Vincent 231 .162 .199 .227 8 78
Greg Holland 217 .164 .218 .224 14 95
Jeurys Familia 203 .155 .251 .207 22 60
José Fernández 419 .163 .212 .258 22 135

First off, Fernández is a freak, or at least was before his injury. For baseball’s sake, here’s hoping he gets well soon.

Second, Vincent is sandwiched between two elite closers. It sort of makes you wonder if he might also be closer material. I mean, really, what’s the difference between Kimbrel, Vincent, and Holland?

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

The Padres (69-80) defeated the Philadelphia Phillies (69-81) 1-0 last night in a game that saw Andrew Cashner (4-7, 2.20) pitch a two-hit complete game on just 92 pitches.  Also known as a Maddux.  Cashner walked just one batter to go with his seven strikeouts.

Jerome Williams (5-7, 5.03) wasn’t too shabby himself, pitching seven and two-thirds innings with no earned runs on just three hits and two walks with six strikeouts.  The one run came in the second inning when Cashner reached first base on an error, allowing Rene Rivera to score from third base.

As with most superb pitching performances, there were some great plays on defense.  Seth Smith combined with Alexi Amarista to double up Marlon Byrd on a Domonic Brown fly ball in the eighth inning.  And Amarista made a play that I’m still not sure actually happened to retire Grady Sizemore for the second out in the ninth inning.

Tonight Ian Kennedy (10-13, 3.77) goes against A.J. Burnett (8-16, 4.34) at 7:10 pm PDT.  It’s Taco Tuesday of course and Fiesta Padres happens before the game at the Park at the Park.

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