Earlier today the Padres traded Trevor Cahill, Brandon Maurer, and Ryan Buchter to the Kansas City Royals for Esteury Ruiz, Matt Strahm, and Travis Wood.

Woo-hoo, a trade!

Trades are hard to write about these days. The more credit we’ve given to teams for getting smarter and smarter, the easier it is to look at a deal and nod along: “yup, yup, makes sense. yup.” It’s really no different with this deal. The Padres had obvious trade candidates like Cahill, picked up for pennies and reconfigured into a legitimate starter, Maurer, a still-pretty-young reliever who’s consistently shown better peripherals and stuff than surface stats, and Buchter, something of a throw-in who offers some value as an always coveted lefty with good strikeout numbers, so they traded them. In return the Padres got back a pair of younger, interesting players and in the process made the major-league team worse for an anticipated, and choreographed, second-half swoon.

The Padres got back three players. One of them, Travis Wood, is unlike the others. He’s a 30-year-old veteran having an absolutely miserable year. So far in 41 2/3 innings out of the Royals ‘pen, Wood’s posted a gaudy 8.49 DRA, seventh-worst in all of baseball (min. 20 innings.). In fact, among pitchers with at least half their innings in relief, Wood is dead last in the majors. His cFIP, 112, offers some hope for non-disastrous performance going forward, but he’s fallen a long way since masquerading as a league-average starter a few years back with the Cubs.

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

The Padres (24-40) scored fewer runs than the Kansas City Royals (28-34), 8-3, yesterday at Petco Park.

Dinelson Lamet (2-2, 8.50) gave up seven runs on six hits and a walk while striking out six in five innings. Mike Moustakas hit two home runs: a two-run shot in the first and a leadoff solo shot in the ninth inning. Alex Gordon hit a solo home run in the fourth inning. Eric Hosmer hit a two-run home run in the fifth inning. On the plus side, Phil Maton made his Major League debut, going 1-2-3 in the eighth inning while ringing up Lorenzo Cain for his first career strikeout.

Jake Junis (2-0, 4.67) surrendered three runs on six hits and a walk with six strikeouts in seven innings. All three Padres’ runs came via solo home runs. Cory Spangenberg hit one in the fourth inning and led off the seventh inning with another. Jose Pirela led off the eighth inning with the third.

The Cincinnati Reds (29-33) come to Petco Park for three games starting tonight at 7:10pm PDT. Luis Perdomo (0-3, 5.30) starts the first game tonight against Bronson Arroyo (3-4, 6.25).
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Sometimes things can get a little fuzzy after an afternoon at the pub. Here’s a friendly reminder of what you may have missed while you were drinking.

The Padres (24-39) scored fewer runs than the Kansas City Royals (27-34) at Petco Park yesterday, 12-6.

Miguel Diaz (1-1, 6.92) started his first game in the Major Leagues and allowed no runs on one hit and three walks with one strikeout in two innings. Craig Stammen, Jose Torres, and Kirby Yates combined to allow three runs in relief. Then Brad Hand and Jose Valdez came into pitch and allowed nine runs (eight earned) in one and two-thirds innings, with the final blow coming on a grand slam home run by Lorenzo Cain in the eighth inning.

Ian Kennedy (0-6, 5.40) pitched six innings, giving up four runs on six hits and two walks while striking out five. Jose Pirela led off the first inning with a solo home run. In the fifth inning, Pirela hit a two-run double and Yangervis Solarte hit a run scoring single. Solarte singled again in the seventh inning to drive in Pirela. Erick Aybar hit an RBI single in the eighth inning.

This afternoon’s series finale will have Dinelson Lamet (2-1, 6.92) going up against Jake Junis (1-0, 5.23) starting at 1:40pm PDT.
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Sometimes things can get a little fuzzy after an evening at the pub. Here’s a friendly reminder of what you may have missed while you were drinking.

The Padres (24-38) scored more runs than the Kansas City Royals (26-34), 6-3, at Petco Park last night in the first of three games.

Jhoulys Chacin (5-5, 5.35) gave up two runs on three hits and two walks in seven innings while striking out six. Salvador Perez hit a two-run home run in the fifth inning. In the ninth inning, Mike Moustakas‘ sacrifice fly scored Lorenzo Cain.

Eric Skoglund (1-1, 5.59) lasted just one and a third innings, giving up two runs on seven hits and two walks with one strikeout. In the first inning, Wil Myers scored on Austin Hedges‘ RBI single. Chacin hit a double in the second inning, driving in Erick Aybar. Matt Szczur hit a pinch-hit solo home run in the seventh inning. In the eighth inning, a double by Franchy Cordero drove in Aybar and Szczur, and Yangervis Solarte popup was misplayed for a single, scoring Cordero.

This afternoon, Miguel Diaz (1-1, 7.50) gets his first Major League start against former Padre Ian Kennedy (0-6, 5.33). The game will be broadcast on Fox Sports 1 starting at 1:10pm PDT.
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Sometimes things get a little fuzzy after an evening in the pub. This was after an afternoon at work…definitely if you were at the ballpark. So here’s a friendly reminder of what you might have missed while you were workingdrinkingworking.

The Padres (15-20) lost 8-0 to the Kansas City Royals (16-17) in a regulation 9 inning match. Andrew Cashner  pi-you know what? A DINOSAUR THREW OUT THE FIRST PITCH!

A TYRANNOSAURUS REX THREW OUT THE FIRST PITCH! (MLB.com)

A TYRANNOSAURUS REX THREW OUT THE FIRST PITCH! (MLB.com)

Anyway, Andrew Cashner (2-5) started for the Friars, surrendering 7 hits and 4 runs (2 earned) over 4 tough innings. The first inning is basically the story of this game. Two Everth Cabrera errors extended the inning, allowing the Royals to take an early 3-0 lead. That, combined with an unusual 9-pitch battle with opposing starter James Shields, Andrew Cashner was worked for a 43-pitch inning. The latter part of the first saw Cashner pumping in two-strike fastballs (a velocity which has hovered around 93-94 in 2014) at 97 and 98 MPH. Things devolved from there: the offense was stifled, the defense was sloppy. Hector Ambriz made his Padres debut, giving up 2 hits and 2 runs in 2 innings.  Cashner took the loss, James Shields the winner (4-3, 7 IP, 0 R).

Poor baserunning had been on display all series, and today was no exception. In the second inning, Cameron Maybin was thrown out after over-running second base on a ball that initially appeared to get past Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer. A TOOTBLAN, if you will. Interestingly enough, Maybin appeared to be safe upon returning to second after Alcides Escobar somehow missed the tag. Ultimately, the initial ruling of out at second base was upheld upon review.

The Miami Marlins come to town tonight, 7:10 P.M. Jacob Turner (0-0, 9.90 ERA) faces Ian Kennedy (2-4, 3.43 ERA), and a dinosaur is not likely to be throwing out the first pitch.

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

The Padres (15-19) lost 3-1 to the Kansas City Royals (15-17) in 11 innings.  Robbie Erlin pitched 7 innings and only surrendered 1 run on 3 hits and 4 walks with 5 strikeouts.  But the Friars’ offense regressed against Jeremy Guthrie, who only gave up 4 hits — the big one being a solo home run from Yasmani Grandal in the 4th for the Padres only run — and a walk in 8 innings.  Nick Vincent was saddled with the loss after giving up 2 runs in the top of the 11th.

This afternoon Andrew Cashner takes the mound and will try to stop the bleeding* against the Royals and James Shields in the rubber game at 12:40 pm PDT.

*Pun intended

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Sometimes things get a little fuzzy after sitting through a 3-hour in game infomercial for the On Deck Suite that you will likely never be able to afford buying tickets to for even one game.  Then, when that was finally done, there was still another hour left.  So here’s a friendly reminder of what you might have missed while you were drinking and screaming at the television trying to get them to get back to the game.

The Padres (15-18) pulled out an extra-inning win over the Kansas City Royals (14-17) in the bottom of the 12th with a 2-run walk-off single by Will Venable.  Jedd Gyorko tied up the game at 4-4 in the bottom of the 9th with his third home run.  Yasmani Grandal got the Friars on the board in the sixth with a 3-run home run, also his third of the season, to tie the game up at 3.

Padres’ starter Eric Stults was hit hard early by singles, lasting just 4 2/3 innings while giving up 3 runs (all earned) on 11 hits and no walks with only 2 strikeouts.  Royals’ starter Yordano Ventura was impressive, pitching 6 innings with 3 runs (all earned) on 5 hits, no walks, and 11 strikeouts.

By the time the 12th inning started, Bud Black had used all of his position players after Rene Rivera came in to pinch hit for Joaquin Benoit in the bottom of the 11th.

Tonight, the Padres will send out Robbie Erlin (1-4) against Jeremy Guthrie (2-2) at 7:10 pm PDT.  No word yet on what the Padres will try the entire game to sell us at the time of publishing.

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