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

The Padres (32-34) scored fewer runs than the Oakland A’s (27-39), 9-1, last night in the first of two games at Petco Park.

Tyson Ross (3-7, 4.02) gave up four run on seven hits and five walks with six strikeout in five innings of work. In the third inning, Josh Reddick started the scoring with an RBI single with one out to score Eric Sogard. Ben Zobrist then walked and Stephen Vogt singled to left field to score Reddick. Zobrist then scored on a single by Brett Lawrie. In the fifth inning, Lawrie drove in Zobrist again with one out.

In the eighth inning, with Cory Mazzoni on the mound for the Padres, Marcus Semien walked and Billy Butler singled. Billy Burns then, still with no outs, drove in Semien with a single. Mazzoni got Sogard to line out to center field and Reddick to fly out to left field. Then, after a single by Zobrist, Mazzoni served up a grand slam to Vogt, who ended up with five RBI.

Jesse Hahn (4-5, 3.62) pitched six and two-third innings, giving up just the one Padres’ run on three hits and two walks with four strikeouts. Will Venable drove in Alexi Amarista with an RBI single in the third inning after it was determined he was not hit by a pitch that appeared to hit his pant leg, even after acting manager Dave Roberts called for a replay challenge.

This afternoon at 12:40pm PDT, the Padres will send Andrew Cashner (2-8, 4.16) to the mound against the Athletics and Scott Kazmir (3-4, 2.79) in the second game at Petco Park.

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Since I watch a fair number of A’s games, I thought I’d share some observations with you in advance of tonight’s first pitch. Do with these what you will.

Offense

The A’s are solid from top to bottom. The weak links are Eric Sogard and Billy Butler. In Sogard’s case, he has never hit much, while Butler is just struggling. Plus he makes Yonder Alonso look like Billy Hamilton and can be thrown out from almost anywhere on the field.

Stephen Vogt and Josh Reddick, both left-handed hitters, have been Oakland’s biggest threats for most of the year. Vogt is having a rough June, but when he’s on, he works counts and drives the ball hard. Right now he is expanding his zone and not making contact.

Unlike Vogt, whose platoon splits exist but are fairly mild, Reddick can be beaten by good southpaws. And if the Padres had any, that might help, since he mashes right-handed pitching: .369/.438/.631 in 176 plate appearances through June 14.

Billy Burns has been a catalyst at the top of the order since his May recall. He is a pest who fouls pitches off, makes good contact, and can drive the ball harder than you might expect from a guy listed at 5’9”, 180. He also runs well and is one of the A’s few threats to steal.

The other guy worth mentioning is Brett Lawrie, who hacks at everything and occasionally hits one real far. He’s also a bit intense. Lawrie has been known to scream while rounding the bases after a home run and launch epic F-bombs after striking out. Whatever the case, it’s nothing personal. That’s just what he does, like those crazy people on Broadway.

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Jesse Hahn has been a bright spot during a diappointing  season. Acquired in January from Tampa with Alex Torres for Logan Forsythe (among others), Jesse was not expected to contribute at the major league level in 2014.  But, injuries to the starting rotation afforded him an opportunity and he’s made the most of it.  At this point, though, he may have hit the wall.

The Padres have done a good job of limiting Hahn’s total pitches per game this season. He’s made only one start where he cleared 100 (101, July 6 against San Francisco).  For the vast majority of his starts, at least at the Major League level were we have data,  he’s thrown between 87 and 95 pitches.  But he’s starting to show signs of fatigue anyway.  Consider:

  • First 9 starts:  53 1/3 innings, 12 ER, 2:1 strikeout to walk ratio (54 K to 21 BB), 2 HR allowed, 2 HBP.
  • Last 3 starts:  16 1/3 innings, 11 ER, 1:1 strikeout to walk ratio (11 K to 8 BB), 2 HR allowed, 2 HBP.

It certainly looks like he’s starting to have trouble repeating his release point, causing a slight loss of control on his pitches.  He’s not as pinpoint as he was earlier in the year.

Another more obvious reason he’s tiring is all the innings he’s thrown this season.  Hahn has a well-documented history of arm trouble, which has limited his innings as a professional.  Looking at his total (major and minor league) stat line we find he threw 52 innings in 2012 and 69 innings last year.  This year, between AA and the Majors he’s thrown 110 1/3.  That’s a 37% jump in innings; by comparison, his workload increased 25% from 2012 to 2013.  It’s natural for him to be tired at this point; he’s thrown more innings this season than he probably had for 3 years, at least.

Losing 3 of 4 to St Louis (a most frustrating series, since the Padres could have won all 4 games) killed off any lingering hopes of a wild card berth this year.  With nothing to play for there’s no reason to keep running Hahn out there once we get to September.  He’s scheduled to get 2 more starts this month (8/22 at Arizona, 8/27 vs Milwaukee).  I’m guessing San Diego will shut him down for the year after that Milwaukee start.

Any relation to similar posts on the same subject is purely coincidential.

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

The Padres (55-62) beat the Colorado Rockies (46-72) 4-3 last night in the first game of three at Petco Park.  Neither starting pitcher, the Padres’ Jesse Hahn (7-3, 2.52) or Colorado’s Jordan Lyles (6-1, 3.70), figured in the decision, as the Friars came back from a 3-1.  A 2-run home run from Yangervis Solarte  in the seventh capped the comeback.

Rymer Liriano made his major league debut with a start in right field, going 0-for-2 with a strikeout and a sacrifice fly that yielded his first RBI.

Kevin Quackenbush struck out all three Rockies in the eighth inning and Joaquin Benoit struck out the side in the ninth for his sixth save.

Tonight at 7:10 pm PDT the Padres will send Odrisamer Despaigne (2-3, 3.10) out on the hill to face the Rockies and Yohan Flande (0-4, 5.77).  It’s Taco Tuesday sponsored by Cholula Hot Sauce, which seems to be rivaling National University and Sycuan Casino in the sheer number of Padres sponsorships.

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Sometimes things get a little fuzzy when you spend an evening in the pub trying to erase the possibility of Tom Werner, MLB Commissioner from your mind.  So here’s a friendly reminder of what you might have missed while you were drinking.

The Padres (51-61) lost to the Minnesota Twins (51-60),  3-1, in the first game of a two-game series in Minneapolis’ Target Field.  Jesse Hahn (7-3, 2.28) took the loss after hanging a curveball to Kennys Vargas for a three-run home run [Vargas’ first career home run, by the way] in the sixth inning, which was really Hahn’s only mistake.

Twins’ starter Phil Hughes (11-8, 4.01) gave up a solo home run to Yonder Alonso in the fifth inning for the Padres only run.  Alonso also had a double in the second inning, but Yasmani Grandal was thrown out at the plate on the play, ending the inning.

The Friars wrap up the short series with Minnesota at 10:10 am PDT today.  Odrisamer Despaigne (2-3, 2.68) tries to turn his recent luck around against the Twins’ [and former Padre] Kevin Correia (5-13, 4.96) before the Padres head to Pittsburgh for a three-game series against the Pirates on Friday.

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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 (48-59) dropped the hammer on the St Louis Cardinals (56-50) last night, winning 12-1.  The Friars were the beneficiaries of a solo home run to left field from Jedd Gyorko in the fourth inning.  Yangervis Solarte went 4-for-5 with two RBI and a run scored.  And Will Venable had a 3-run home run to right field that capped off an eight-run seventh inning.

Jesse Hahn (7-2, 2.01) pitched seven innings, giving up just one run on four hits and two walks with three strikeouts.  Oh, and it was his 25th birthday, too.  The Cardinals’ Joe Kelly was pulled after five innings, surrendering four runs on seven hits and a walk with five strikeouts.

This afternoon, at 12:40 pm PDT at Petco Park, the Padres will send Odrisamer Despaigne (2-2, 1.66) up against Shelby Miller (7-8, 4.20) in the final game of the series with the Cardinals.

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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 (46-56) won their third game in a row in the opener of their three-game unusual Friday thru Monday four-game series against the Atlanta Braves (55-48) at Turner Field by a score of 5-2.  Jesse Hahn (6-2, 2.12) triumphantly returned from a minor league stint to pitch six innings of 1-run ball with three hits and three walks while striking out four.  The Braves’ Alex Wood (7-8, 3.44) was roughed up in his five innings, giving up five runs on twelve hits and a walk with four strikeouts.

All told, the Padres collected thirteen hits — twelve singles and a double (from Carlos Quentin,who left the game after his third at-bat because his knees were acting up) — led by Tommy Medica with four hits.  Joaquin Benoit got the final four outs for his second save of the season, and first since he was named the Padres’ closer after the trade of Huston Street to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim last week.

This evening at 4:10 pm PDT Odrisamer Despaigne (2-1, 1.31) takes the hill against the Braves’ Julio Teheran (9-6, 2.64) in the second game at Turner Field.

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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 (41-52) defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers (52-43) 6-3 last night at Dodger Stadium.  Jesse Hahn (5-2, 2.21) and his curveball confused and confounded the Dodgers batters.  Over six innings, Hahn gave up just one run on three hits and four walks with six strikeouts.  The Dodgers’ Dan Haren (8-6, 4.23) surrendered four runs on six hits and two walk with five strikeouts in just four innings.

Alexi Amarista opened up the Padres scoring with a two-run home run in the second.  Chase Headley added a run with an RBI double in the fifth to score Seth Smith, followed up by another RBI double from Carlos Quentin to score Headley.  Quentin added two more RBI in the sixth inning with a bases loaded single to score Will Venable and Smith.

Huston Street pitched a perfect ninth inning for his 24th save on the season.

Tonight at Dodger Stadium the Friars send Ian Kennedy (7-9, 3.71) to the mound to face the dreaded TBD* at 7:10 pm PDT.

*It’s going to be Paul Maholm (1-4, 5.18.

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

The Padres (39-49) were defeated by the San Francisco Giants yesterday in the rubber game of their three-game series at PETCO Park.  Jesse Hahn (4-2, 2.34) was saddled with the loss despite allowing just three earned runs in seven innings while striking out five on five hits and two walks.  The problem once again was Tim Lincecum, who allowed just one run in 6 1/3 innings, striking out six with four walks and three hits, one of which was a solo home run by Brooks Conrad with one out in the seventh inning.

Yasmani Grandal got the Padres to within two runs with a two-out, tw0-run home run in the eighth inning off of Sergio Romo, but that was the extent of the Padres scoring.

The Friars travel to Denver to face the Colorado Rockies for three games starting tomorrow at 5:40 pm PDT.  Ian Kennedy (6-9, 3.87) starts the first game against Tyler Matzek (1-2, 4.25).

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