Sometimes, things get a little fuzzy after watching football on Sunday. Here’s a friendly reminder of what you may have missed While You Were Drinking.

Fear not, Padres fans – its almost over.

San Diego (73-83) dropped the rubber game, and so the series, 4-2 to Arizona (75-81), in front of an announced crowd of 27,115, most of whom were hiding in the shade. Can’t blame them. Arizona approached this game as a bullpen game.  Starter Zack Godley worked 3 shutout innings.  Jhoulys Chacin (2-1) was awarded the win despite allowing both Padre runs.  Brad Ziegler worked a scoreless ninth for his 29th save.  James Shields (13-7) took the loss.

All of the Diamondbacks offense came courtesy of the long ball.  David Peralta led off the fourth with a 414′ bomb to center.  One inning later Ender Inciarte hit a ball onto the #WhiskeyDeck for a 2-0 lead. After the Padres tied it up, Inciarte hit a 2-run shot in the seventh to put Arizona up for good.  The game marked the first ever multi-HR game for Inciarte.

San Diego had three looks at the game offensively.  The Padres got back-to-back singles with one out in the second from Brett Wallace (starting at 1B) an Jedd GyorkoDerek Norris then hit a ball in the LC gap that had no business being caught, yet Peralta ran it down.  I still have trouble believing he pulled that off – and I saw it live.  Statcast measured the distance from where Peralta started to where he caught the ball at 102 feet. After a wild pitch moved the runners up 90′, Godley intentionally walked Alexi Amarista to get to Shields, who struck out.

In the home fifth, Shields hit the double that he probably wished he had the previous at-bat.  Travis Jankowski followed that with a triple that nutmegged (soccer term) AJ Pollock as it bounced off the wall in center.  Cory Spangenberg ripped a line-drive single over a drawn-in infield to tie the game, which, ominously, would be the last base hit the Padres got.  Finally in the seventh, Andrew Chafin walked the first two hitters, and Jankowski bunted them into scoring position. But Spangenberg struck out swinging, and Matt Kemp grounded out weakly to third, ending the threat.  No other Padre reached base.

This game saw its share of good defense.  Besides the Peralta catch, Jankowski got a tremendous read on Yasmany Tomas‘ line drive leading off the second, robbing Tomas of a sure hit with a diving catch. Shields picked Inciarte off first in the third.  Kemp made another fine catch on Tomas’ line drive to end the seventh.

After the Monday off-day, San Diego will close out the home schedule with 3 against the Milwaukee Brewers.  Tyson Ross (10-11) will face Jorge Lopez, who is making his MLB debut.

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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…