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 (6-10) scored fewer runs than the Pittsburgh Pirates (8-8), 11-1, at Petco Park last night.

James Shields (0-3, 4.15) gave up three runs in six innings on five hits and two walks with five strikeouts. The real problem happened in the seventh inning, when Leonel Campos took over for Shields. Campos gave up seven runs (five earned) on four hits and a walk with only one strikeout, which was the only out Campos got. Brad Hand relieved Campos and the Pirates scored another run off him before the inning finally ended. Hand pitched the eighth inning as well. Brandon Maurer was the lucky one, pitching the ninth inning in mop-up duty.

Gerrit Cole (1-2, 2.70) also pitched two innings, but with only four hits and no walks against seven strikeouts, the Padres were unable to score. Their one run came in the eighth inning on a Jon Jay single to score Adam Rosales, who reached base after getting hit with a pitch and advanced on Jabari Blash‘s groundout.

Tonight at 7:40pm PDT, the St Louis Cardinals come to Petco Park for three games. Andrew Cashner (0-1, 5.40) gets the start tonight while the Cardinals send out Adam Wainwright (0-2, 8.27).

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He’s weighing those options now, working through some decisions.

He said he was 100 percent, he was fine.

Then just that freak incident on the steps.

He had the bat in his hand and he felt something in his forearm.


We have to hope for the best in the future.


He’s structurally intact.

He’s feeling better, and he’s doing fine.

It’s just been a slower recovery for him than most.

He just ran out of season.

Let’s get him as strong as possible.


He was a soccer player and didn’t quite understand what he needed to do.

It was a great learning year for him in a lot of areas.

He wasn’t quite there yet.


There were stretches of really good pitching.

Maybe he needed that bigger stage to totally focus.


We wanted to err on the side of caution.

He came in and was quite honest.

Nip this in the bud instead of trying to push something.


His at-bats can be conducted a little bit better.

He’s got to be ready for the fastball, be ready in fastball counts.

Here, he’s let some good fastballs go without a swing.

We know he’s got the raw power.


He needs to gain experience, which takes time.

There is going to be a time where he’s no longer a secret.

He’ll have to make adjustments.


He showed determination through his time here.

It’s been great to witness him grow up.

Always could be counted on to do the right thing.

Let’s hope that it happens for him here.

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 (66-72) were defeated by the Arizona Diamondbacks (58-81) by a score of 6-1. Andrew Cashner, the losing pitcher, gave up 5 hits and 4 runs (2 earned) over 7 innings. He struck out 5 while walking 2. A controversial play in the 5th inning helped lead to a three-run inning, with Buddy Black challenging a call on a play at home. Cory Spangenberg threw home to Rene Rivera, who appeared to possibly tag Alfredo Marte. The play was ruled safe, and was upheld on the challenge.

Josh Collmenter was the winning pitcher for Arizona, who also went 7 while allowing 5 hits. He struck out 3, walked 2, and gave up fewer runs than Cashner (1). Which is, you know, why he’s the winner. It’s the kind of tough luck that calls for a montage.


Leonel Campos and R.J. Alvarez made their Major League debuts out of the Padres bullpen last night.

The series concludes at Petco Park this evening at 6:10 P.M. Ian Kennedy (10-11, 3.65 ERA) toes the rubber for the Friars, while Randall Delgado (2-3, 5.85 ERA) scales the hill in the middle of the grass field in a stadium located in downtown San Diego for the Diamondbacks. Did I do that right? Regardless of outcome, my prediction for tonight’s game?


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Forgive the extended absence. Between writing the Padres chapter for Baseball Prospectus 2014 and editing BP’s Futures Guide 2014, I’ve been busy.

That didn’t stop me from watching a few spring training games. I saw two in person and three or four on, depending on whether you count the parts where I fell asleep.

I also saw some backfield practice sessions, although not as many as I’d have liked. If you ever go to spring training, be sure to hit those and watch the prospects do drill after drill as they hone their craft. For me, the practices are better than the games.

Anyway, I took notes:

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