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

The Padres (29-44) scored more runs than the Chicago Cubs (36-35) yesterday, 3-2, at Wrigley Field.

Miguel Diaz (1-1, 6.82) didn’t allow a run before being pulled because of a forearm strain after two and a third innings. Craig Stammen gave up two runs on an Ian Happ 2-run home run in the fourth inning. Phil Maton recorded his first Major League win after a perfect seventh inning.

Eddie Butler (3-2, 4.19) pitched four innings, allowing one run on five hits and three walks while striking out four. Jose Pirela‘s RBI single in the fifth inning drove in Stammen. Erick Aybar hit a solo home run in the sixth inning. In the eighth inning, Luis Torrens drew a bases-loaded walk to score Wil Myers with the go-ahead run.

The Padres travel back to San Diego today and start three games against the Detroit Tigers (32-38) tomorrow at 7:10pm PDT. Dinelson Lamet (2-2, 7.50) starts Friday night against Michael Fulmer (6-5, 3.45).
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Sometimes things can get a little fuzzy after an evening at the pub. Here’s a friendly reminder of what you may have missed while you were drinking.

The Padres (28-44) scored fewer runs than the Chicago Cubs (36-34), 4-0, at Wrigley Field last night.

Jhoulys Chacin (6-6, 4.95) allowed two runs on five hits and three walks in six innings with six strikeouts. Anthony Rizzo led off the bottom of the first with a home run. In the fourth inning, a single by Addison Russell drove in Kris Bryant, who had been hit by a pitch. Ian Happ hit a solo home run to lead off the Cubs’ eighth inning and Javier Baez scored before Albert Almora was thrown out at third base trying to stretch his double.

Mike Montgomery (1-3, 2.26) gave up three hits and no walks with four strikeouts while shutting the Padres out over six innings.

This afternoon’s series finale has Miguel Diaz (1-1, 7.36) getting the start at 11:20am PDT against Eddie Butler (3-2, 4.41).
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Sometimes things can get a little fuzzy after an afternoon at the pub. Here’s a friendly reminder of what you may have missed while you were drinking.

The Padres (27-40) scored more runs than the Cincinnati Reds (29-36) in yesterday’s series finale at Petco Park, 4-2.

Jhoulys Chacin (6-5, 5.10) allowed two runs on five hits and a walk in seven inning while striking out four. Jose Peraza led off the game with a home run in the first inning. Joey Votto hit a solo home run in the fourth inning.

Amir Garrett (3-5, 6.91) pitched six innings, giving up two runs on seven hits and two walks with eight strikeouts. Hunter Renfroe hit a monstrous two-run home run in the sixth inning. In the seventh inning, Franchy Cordero‘s single scored Matt Szczur and Jose Pirela scored on Renfroe’s groundout.

The Padres are off today as they travel to Miller Park to take on the Milwaukee Brewers (34-32) for three game starting tomorrow at 5:10pm PDT. Miguel Diaz (1-1, 6.92) starts Friday’s game against Junior Guerra (1-1, 2.45).
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In the fifth inning of yesterday’s game, Chase d’Arnaud tried to steal third base with one out and Luis Torrens at the plate. This is the story of that play, as told by those most closely involved with it (all interviews may or may not be real).

Chase d’ArnaudI’m just trying to get to third base with one out. Look, love Torrens, but—this isn’t on the record, right?—there’s no way he’s getting a hit there. [laughs] I stole second just before that, and I thought I had a pretty good read on [Jacob] Turner, plus their third baseman was playing way off the bag. My job is to get to third so Torrens can drive me in just by putting the ball in the air. With Jhoulys Chacin on-deck, I’m thinking our best chance of scoring is for me to get to third ASAP. That’s all I’m thinking about. Well that and kicking my brother’s ass in some ping pong over the all-star break. [laughs]

Brian Goodwin: Yeah, I’ve had that happen a few times before. As soon as that ball’s hit, I’m just thinking catch it, catch it, catch it. It’s an easy two outs for my guy Turner there, and it helps us get out of the inning without any further damage. That guy’s a hard-nosed scrapper, but you can file that under “shit happens.”

Wilmer Difo: Don’t tell Goodwin, but he could have made a better throw there. Almost ate me up.

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

The Padres (15-28) scored fewer runs than the Milwaukee Brewers (24-18), 4-2, yesterday at Petco Park.

Jarred Cosart (0-1, 2.70) gave up just one run on five hits and a walk with three strikeouts in five innings pitched, a Eric Sogard single to drive in Orlando Arcia in the fifth inning, but the Padres’ bullpen blew it once again. This time, Ryan Buchter allowed two runs that were charged to Kevin Quackenbush to cross the plate. In the seventh inning, Sogard doubled in Keon Broxton and Arcia.  Broxton scored again in the ninth inning on a Jonathan Villar groundout.

Zach Davies (5-2, 5.44) pitched six innings, giving up two runs on five hits and two walks while striking out three. Hunter Renfroe hit a solo home run in the second inning. Luis Torrens ground into a double play in the fifth inning and Cory Spangenberg scored from third base.

The Arizona Diamondbacks (24-18) come to Petco Park for three games starting at 7:10pm PDT tonight. Jered Weaver (0-4, 6.05) takes the mound against Taijuan Walker (3-3, 3.91) in the first game.

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

The Padres (8-14) scored less runs than the Arizona Diamondbacks (14-8) last night, 9-3, at Chase Field.

Clayton Richard (2-3, 4.45) gave up six runs on eight hits and three walks in just three and two-thirds innings, with two strikeouts. Paul Goldschmidt hit a solo home run in the first inning. In the second inning, Nick Ahmed and A.J. Pollock scored on Chris Owings‘ triple and Goldschmidt’s single drove in Owings. In the fourth inning, Ahmed scored on a double by Pollock and Owings’ single drove Pollock in. Daniel Descalso hit a solo home run in the fifth inning. In the sixth inning, Goldschmidt doubled and took third on a Jabari Blash error and drove in Pollock. Yasmany Tomas‘ sacrifice fly brought Goldschmidt home.

Patrick Corbin (2-3, 3.10) pitched seven innings, allowing two runs on eight hits and two walk while striking out nine. Wil Myers doubled and scored on Yangervis Solarte‘s single in the third inning. Blash hit his first home run of 2017, a solo shot in the seventh inning. In the eighth inning, Hunter Renfroe doubled, took third on a line drive out by Luis Torrens, and scored on Luis Sardinas single.

Tonight’s third game of the series matches Trevor Cahill (1-2, 3.44) against Zack Godley (0-0) starting at 6:40pm PDT.

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Sometimes things can get a little fuzzy after an evening at the pub, especially when you have to be up at 4:30am to take someone to the airport. Here’s a friendly reminder of what you may have missed while you were drinking.

The Padres (5-10) scored fewer runs than the Arizona Diamondbacks (10-5), 11-2, in the first of three games last night at Petco Park.

Jarred Cosart (0-1, 3.24) came out after three and two-thirds innings with a right hamstring strain, after giving up three runs (one earned) on two hits and two walk while striking out two. Craig Stammen, Zach Lee, Christian Bethancourt, and Erick Aybar (yes, that Erick Aybar) combined to give up another eight runs (six earned) over the last five and a third innings.

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Shelby Miller (2-1, 3.50) pitched seven and a third innings, surrendering one run on four hits and two walks with five strikeouts. Wil Myers‘ single drove in Travis Jankowski in the third inning for the Padres’ first run. The Padres’ other run came in the ninth inning when Luis Torrens singled – his first Major League hit – to drive in Allen Cordoba for his first Major League RBI. That’s it.

Tonight’s game at Petco Park, starting at 7:10pm PDT, has Jhoulys Chacin (1-2, 7.80) taking the mound against Zack Greinke (1-1, 4.32).

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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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As we speculated last night, the Padres were active in today’s Rule 5 draft, although they didn’t grab any of the players we suggested (outside of a brief encounter with Justin Haley). A series of trades netted San Diego the top three players selected in the draft, an unprecedented Rule 5 romp. Here are those players:

Miguel Diaz, RHP, Brewers

Diaz is a 22-year-old righty who spent spent four years in rookie ball before jumping to Single-A last season. The results were largely impressive: in 94 2/3 innings, Diaz posted a 3.14 strikeout-to-walk ratio while surrendering just seven home runs. Ultimately, with young players and limited pro experience, scouting reports often provide a better glimpse than the stats. Grant Jones scouted Diaz back in June at Baseball Prospectus, clocking him at 95-96 with the fastball (he touched 98) while handing out positives marks on both the slider and change.

It’s not a surprising pick. As we discussed last night, Preller and the Padres love power arms, and Diaz definitely qualifies. While it makes some sense to slot Diaz right into the starting rotation, if he sticks, it wouldn’t be surprising if the Padres started him off in the bullpen, where they can more easily limit high-stress innings and keep the pressure low.

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