Sometimes things get a little fuzzy after spending an EVENING LISTENING TO THAT PA SYSTEM AT DODGER STADIUM. WHAT? SHOUTING!? YAHOOOO-OOOOOOOH YEAH BABY SORRY ABOUT THAT!  So here’s a friendly reminder of what you might have missed while you were drinking.

The Padres (58-65) lost 8-6 to the Los Angeles Dodgers (71-56) to open up a three game series at Chavez Ravine. The fortunes of the Padres were reversed from how most of the season, with the pitching struggling and the offense picking up the slack. The top of the first gave us a promising start, with Abraham Almonte doubling with one out, Seth Smith following up with a walk, and Jedd Gyorko driving both gentlemen and himself in with his 9th home run of the season. Not a good night for fans of pitching, as each starter went five innings surrendering 8/7 hits and 4/5 earned runs (Correia/Kennedy). While neither pitcher was on their game, Kennedy wasn’t helped by Padres defense. Jake Goebbert looked every bit a guy playing his 38th career game at 1B, needlessly cutting off a throw that could have nailed Matt Kemp at the plate, throwing another ball away. Another error was charged to Yangervis Solarte, and there was some further suspect defense by the likes of Seth Smith.

Approximation of Padres defense

Approximation of Padres defense

The series continues today at 7:10 P.M. with San Diego’s Eric Stults (5-13, 4.64 ERA) facing off against LA’s Roberto Hernandez (1-0, 2.25 ERA).

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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 after spending an evening in the pub.  And then Bud Black pinch-hits for Yasmani Grandal in the seventh inning with Cameron Maybin just so Maybin can not get the bunt down on the first two pitches and then fly out to shallow center on the third.  So here’s a friendly reminder of what you might have missed while you were drinking.

The Padres (21-25) lost last night to the visiting Minnesota Twins (22-21) by a score of 5-3.  Overall, it was a game filled with questionable strategy from Bud Black and poor performances at the plate and in the field from the Friars.

Ian Kennedy (2-6, 3.79) started for the Padres, pitching 6 2/3 innings giving up 4 runs on 6 hits and 2 walks with 6 strikeouts, and driving in a run at the plate.  Former Padre Kevin Correia (2-5, 6.52) started for Minnesota, lasting 6 innings while giving up 3 runs on 4 hits and a walk with 6 strikeouts.

This evening at 6:10 pm PDT, the Padres will have Tyson Ross take the mound against the Twins and Phil Hughes.

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The Edinson Volquez era finally ended on Tuesday, when the Padres released the erratic right-hander three days after designating him for assignment. A lot went wrong during his nearly two seasons in San Diego after coming over from the Reds as part of the package for Mat Latos. Pitching coach Darren Balsley noted that Volquez overthrew in games, which “led to mechanical breakdowns,” which led to disastrous results.

He had his moments, such as the near no-hitter in 2012 and, well, that’s about it. Bryant investigated Volquez’s “quest for control” back in March and called the pitcher an “infuriating combination of top-level talent with lackluster results.” As Padres Trail more recently put it, “So long and thanks for all the walks.”

Volquez tied for the MLB lead in walks in his first season with the Padres. This year he cut his walk rate from 5.2 to 4.4 and compensated by increasing his hit rate from 7.9 to 10.6. Oh, he found the plate all right. He led MLB in runs allowed at the time of his release, which is no small achievement given his home venue. Read More…