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?
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).
Sometimes things get a little fuzzy during a morning at the office, sneaking in a Padres game in between customer calls and sips of the scotch you hid in your desk drawer. Here’s a friendly reminder of what you may have missed while you were pretending to work.
The Padres (14-20) scored more runs than the Chicago Cubs (25-7), 7-4, at Wrigley Field this morning in the make-up game of Monday’s rainout.
Colin Rea (3-1, 4.24) allowed all four runs in five innings pitched on seven hits and four walk with three strikeouts. An Anthony Rizzo single in the first inning scored Ben Zobrist, who had an RBI single in the second inning. In the fourth inning, back-to-back doubles by Addison Russell and Tim Federowicz scored two more runs for the Cubs. Carlos Villanueva pitched a shutout inning of relief in the sixth and was credited with the win.
Kyle Hendricks (2-2, 3.03) pitched six and two-thirds innings, allowing three runs on six hits and a walk while striking out eight. Wil Myers reached and advanced to second base on a throwing error in the first inning, allowing Travis Jankowski to score. Matt Kemp then followed with a single to plate Myers. With two outs in the seventh inning, Myers singled to score Jankowski again, Kemp walked, and Brett Wallace hit a three-run home run to put the Padres ahead for good. A Kemp sacrifice fly in the eighth inning plated Adam Rosales and added an insurance run.
In the series finale and second game today, Drew Pomeranz (3-3, 2.12) takes the mound against John Lackey (4-1, 4.02) at 5:05pm PDT.
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.
Sometimes things get a little fuzzy after an afternoon in the pub. Here’s a friendly reminder of what you might have missed while you were drinking.
The Padres (7-5) scored less runs, 7-6, than the Chicago Cubs (6-4) in 11 innings yesterday at Wrigley Field. After the Padres rallied in the ninth inning to tie the game at six, Starlin Castro had a walkoff RBI single off of the Padres’ Craig Kimbrel in the bottom of the eleventh inning.
Tyson Ross (1-0, 4.08) and the Cubs’ Kyle Hendricks (0-0, 6.10) started but neither figured in the decision. Matt Kemp put the Friars on the board with a two-run home run — his first home run as a Padre — in the first inning. Cubs’ catcher Miguel Montero had two home runs in consecutive at-bats, a solo shot in the sixth inning and a two-run one in the seventh inning.
The Padres finish the series against the Cubs at Wrigley Field today at 11:20am PDT. Andrew Cashner (0-2, 4.09) starts for the Friars versus the Cubs and Jon Lester (0-1, 7.84).
Sometimes things get a little fuzzy after spending an evening in the pub after hearing the Padres traded Chase Headley to the Yankees. So here’s a friendly reminder of what you might have missed while you were drinking.
The Padres (43-56) lost the first game of their three game series at Wrigley Field to the Chicago Cubs (41-57), 6-0. Eric Stults (3-12, 5.00) was Stults-like, giving up three runs in five innings on six hits and three walks with seven strikeouts. Former Padre Anthony Rizzo hit two solo home runs, one off of Stults in the third and the other — the second of back-to-back home runs with second baseman Arismendy Alcantara — in the seventh off of Blaine Boyer.
Cubs’ starter Kyle Hendricks (1-0, 2.77) pitched seven shutout innings with five hits and three walks while striking out five.
This evening Ian Kennedy (7-9, 3.62) goes up against Tsuyoshi Wada (0-0, 0.00) at 5:05 pm PDT from Wrigley Field.