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

The Padres (53-74) scored fewer runs than the Chicago Cubs (81-45), 6-3, yesterday afternoon in the finale of three games at Petco Park.

Paul Clemens (2-3, 5.06) allowed five runs (four earned) on seven hits and no walks in five and a third innings, while striking out six. In the first inning, Ben Zobrist‘s triple scored Dexter Fowler and Kris Bryant and a sacrifice fly from Jorge Soler drove Zobrist in. An error by Luis Sardinas in the sixth inning allowed Addison Russell to get to second base and Bryant and Zobrist to score. Willson Contreras‘ solo home run to lead off the seventh ended the Cubs’ scoring.

Kyle Hendricks (12-7, 2.19) gave up two runs in six innings on four hits and two walks with eight strikeouts. Ryan Schimpf scored on a sacrifice fly by Brett Wallace in the second inning. In the third inning, a Wil Myers triple drove Travis Jankowski in. Schimpf doubled in the eighth inning to drive in Alex Dickerson.

The Padres travel to Miami to take on the Marlins (66-60) for three games starting tomorrow at 4:10pm PDT. Jarred Cosart (0-1, 4.54) gets the start in the first game versus his former team and David Phelps (7-6, 2.28).

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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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Sometimes things get a little fuzzy after a having an extra long lunch break in the pub. Here’s a friendly reminder of what you might have missed while you were drinking.

The Padres (7-4) scored more runs, 5-4, than the Chicago Cubs (5-4) yesterday afternoon at Wrigley Field. The game also marked the debut of the Cubs’ third-baseman, former USD Torero Kris Bryant, who went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts to start out his debut and a groundout to third in his last at-bat to end it.

James Shields (2-0, 2.84) did just enough to get the win, surrendering four runs (three earned) on five hits and two walk with nine strikeouts in six innings.  Shields didn’t look particularly good in the third and fifth innings. Shields committed a throwing error to first base and threw a wild pitch (that really should have been scored a passed ball on Derek Norris) in the third that resulted in two runs for the Cubs. And in the fifth, a Jorge Soler comebacker and a Anthony Rizzo double to right resulted in the other two Cubs runs.

Cubs starter Jason Hammel (1-0, 5.11) pitched six and a third innings, giving up four runs on seven hits and a walk with five strikeouts. Hammel gave up the first two runs on a Will Middlebrooks home run in the fourth inning. The other two were charged to Hammel after he left the game with two on in the seventh and Wil Myers hit a three-run home run off of Brian Schlitter. Even though it could be argued (and Joe Maddon did, unsuccessfully) that Myers had been struck out to end the inning on the pitch before the home run.

Craig Kimbrel pitched the ninth inning for his fourth save of the season.

The Padres once again face-off against the Cubs at Wrigley Field today at 11:20am PDT. Tyson Ross (1-0, 3.75) takes the mound against the Cubs and Kyle Hendricks (0-0, 10.38).

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