Saturday was the annual Padres FanFest. Originally, I was going to write a recap of my day. But I was so bored there I didn’t even bother taking any notes and only took a couple of photos. I’ll let Ryan sum up the rest of my feelings on the last few FanFests:

Now that we have¬†that (not unexpected) disappointment out of the way, I ended up going to Bub’s at the Ballpark with your good friend and mine, Nathan Zack. The plan was to meet Dave and Laura Perek there, which has become sort of an annual tradition for Nathan whenever he’s in town. I had never met Dave or Laura before, even though we’ve followed each other on Twitter for years, so I was excited to finally get to do that.

Over the course of the two hours we spent at Bub’s, I was introduced to a little game the three of them play amongst themselves where they make predictions about the upcoming season. I was intrigued, to say the least, so I joined them for this year’s edition.

What follows is all of our selections for this¬†game. We don’t know how it’s going to end yet, but I’m pretty sure I nailed every category. I’ve put my selections in bold.

There¬†are no stakes. There is no prize. It’s all for fun.

So, relax, let’s have some fun out here! This game’s fun, OK?

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

The Padres (53-73) scored fewer runs than the Chicago Cubs (80-45) last night last night at Petco Park, 5-3.

Christian Friedrich (4-10, 4.89) allowed five runs on seven hits and four walks in five and a third innings while striking out two. Kris Bryant hit a solo home run in the third inning. In the fifth inning, a Ben Zobrist double scored Bryant and Addison Russell followed Zobrist with a two-run home run. A sacrifice fly by Bryant scored Jake Arrieta in the sixth inning.

Arrieta (16-5, 2.62) gave up just two hits and three walks in eight innings, striking out six and facing just one batter over the minimum. The Cubs turned three double plays behind Arrieta. In the ninth inning, Luis Sardinas scored on a single by Wil Myers after a replay challenge showed Sardinas was safe. After Felix Pena was relieved by Aroldis Chapman, Myers advanced to second on defensive indifference and Yangervis Solarte‘s sacrifice fly scored Adam Rosales. Myers advanced to second on defensive indifference. Alex Dickerson drew a walk and Myers then scored on a wild pitch to Ryan Schimpf.

Today’s series finale pits Paul Clemens (2-2, 4.82) against Kyle Hendricks (11-7, 2.16) starting at 12:40pm PDT.

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

The Padres (53-72) scored fewer runs than the Chicago Cubs (79-45) last night, 5-1, in the first of three games at Petco Park.

Edwin Jackson (3-4, 5.71) gave up five runs on seven hits — including three home runs — and four walks with two strikeouts in five innings. Addison Russell hit a solo home run in the second inning. Dexter Fowler scored in the third inning on a Russell sacrifice fly. Kris Bryant led off the fifth inning with a solo home run and Jason Heyward hit a two-run home run with Anthony Rizzo on base.

Jon Lester (14-4, 2.81) pitched six innings, allowing one run on five hits and two walks while striking out eight. In the seventh inning, Ryan Schimpf struck out on a Justin Grimm wild pitch and made it to first base, allowing Alex Dickerson to score the Padres’ only run.

Tonight, Christian Friedrich (4-9, 4.69) takes the mound against Jake Arrieta (15-5, 2.75) starting at 7:10pm PDT.

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

The American League All-Stars scored more runs than the National League All-Stars, 4-2, in the 2016 All-Star Game at Petco Park.

Chris Sale (0-0, 9.00) pitched one inning, allowing just one run on one hit and no walks with one strikeout. Kris Bryant hit a solo home run with two outs in the first inning. Marcell Ozuna singled off Aaron Sanchez to score Buster Posey in the fourth inning.

Both San Diego Padres representatives got into the game. Wil Myers started the game at designated hitter and was 1-for-3 with a double and a strikeout. Drew Pomeranz threw a scoreless fourth inning, allowing a hit.

Johnny Cueto (0-1, 16.20) pitched one and a third innings, giving up three runs on five hits and no walks with one strikeout. In the first inning, 2016 All-Star Game MVP Eric Hosmer hit a solo home run and Salvador Perez followed with a two-run home run with Mookie Betts on base. Hosmer singled in the fourth run in the third inning to score Edwin Encarnacion.

The next All-Star Game will be played on¬†July 11th, 2017¬†in Miami’s Marlins Park at 5:00pm PDT.

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

The Padres (13-20) scored fewer¬†runs than the Chicago Cubs (25-6) in the first of three games at Wrigley Field. Monday’s game was rained out.

Cesar Vargas (0-2, 3.54) gave up six runs on ten hits and three walks and a strikeout in just four innings. In the second inning, Ben Zobrist scored on an Addison Russell double. On the throw from Matt Kemp, Russell ¬†was tagged out between second and third base in a weird-looking play that I still haven’t quite figured out yet. A Kris Bryant double in the third inning scored Dexter Fowler and Jason Heyward. Bryant later came home on a single by Zobrist. Russell hit a two-run triple in the seventh inning to score Anthony Rizzo and Zobrist.

Jon Lester (4-1, 1.96) pitched six innings, giving up three runs on four hits and a walk while striking out four. Melvin Upton Jr. hit a solo home run with two outs in the fourth inning to give the Padres their first run of the night. In the fifth inning, a double by Alexei Ramirez (who would eventually leave the game with a right hamstring cramp) scored Jose Pirela, followed one out later by a double by Jon Jay to score pinch-runner Adam Rosales. With the bases loaded and two out in the eighth inning, Alex Dickerson hit his first Major League home run, a grand slam, driving in Derek Norris, Upton, and Pirela.

Today, the Padres and Cubs will play a day/night doubleheader. In the first game, starting at 10:05pm PDT, Colin Rea (3-1, 3.82) takes on Kyle Hendricks (2-2, 3.10). In the second game, Drew Pomeranz (3-3, 2.12) takes the mound against John Lackey (4-1, 4.02) at 5:05pm PDT.

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

The Padres (20-22) were shutout by the Chicago Cubs (23-17), 3-0, last night at Petco Park, for the fifth time in their last sixteen games.

Odrisamer Despaigne (2-3, 6.11) pitched six innings while giving up two runs on six hits and two walk with four strikeouts. The two runs came in the first inning thanks to a leadoff walk of Dexter Fowler followed by a home run by Kris Bryant. The third Cubs’ run came in the seventh inning on an Addison Russell home run off Dale Thayer.

Kyle Hendricks (1-1, 4.14) threw a complete game, giving up five hits and no walks with seven strikeouts. Matt Kemp continued his hitting funk, going 1-for-4 with two strikeouts.

The Friars head up the freeway to take on the Los Angeles Dodgers for three games starting tonight at 7:10pm PDT. Andrew Cashner (1-7, 3.24) gets the start tonight for the Padres, with Zack Greinke (5-1, 1.52) taking the mound for the Dodgers.

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

The Padres (20-20) scored more runs than the Chicago Cubs (21-17) last at Petco Park, 4-3, in the first of three games at Petco Park.

Neither James Shields (5-0, 3.74) nor Jason Hammel (3-1, 3.11) figured into the decision. Shields pitched seven innings, giving up two runs on six hits and a walk while striking out eleven. Both runs came off of solo home runs in the third inning by Chris Coghlan and Dexter Fowler. Coghlan had a second solo home run off Craig Kimbrel in the ninth inning.

Hammel also pitched seven innings with two runs on three hits and no walks with eight strikeouts. Hammel was perfect through four¬†innings until Kris Bryant had a throwing error to first base to allow Justin Upton to get on base to lead off the fifth. Yangervis Solarte followed that up with the first Padres’ hit, scoring Upton from second base.

In the bottom of the seventh inning, the Friars tied the game at two with a Will Venable RBI single, scoring Solarte after Starlin Castro misplayed Solarte’s¬†ground ball for the Cubs’ second error.

The bottom of the eighth inning was strange, to say the least. Derek Norris hit a two-RBI double to score Clint Barmes and Cory Spangenberg. Barmes reached base on an error by Addison Russell and advanced to second base on a bunt single by Abraham Almonte. Spangenberg bunted and advanced Barmes while Almonte was forced out at second.

Kimbrel came in for the ninth inning to record his eleventh save.

Tonight, the Padres send out Tyson Ross (2-3, 3.94) at 7:10pm PDT to face Tsuyoshi Wada (0-0, 0.00), who is making his first appearance of 2015.

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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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One hazard of writing for a living is that people sometimes compliment (or criticize) articles you’d forgotten you ever wrote. Once you file something, it’s onto the next project. Always looking forward, never back.

This came up at Don and Charlie’s on the first night of the SABR Arizona Fall League conference, but it also applies to baseball. The second day brought with it two games, one back at HoHoKam and another at Salt River.

Teams rested their best players in preparation for the following evening’s All-Star Game, recently rebranded as the Fall Stars Game. That’s not what I would call it (seems better to catch a rising star than a falling star), but nobody asked me. The games were uneventful, allowing me to reconnect with industry friends that I see once or twice a year if I’m lucky. Read More…