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 (33-46) scored fewer runs than the Baltimore Orioles (47-30), 12-6, getting swept in a quick two-game series at Petco Park.

Christian Friedrich (4-3, 3.96) gave up six runs (four earned) in five innings on five hits and two walks while striking out seven. Jonathan Schoop doubled in the fourth inning to score Adam Jones. Schoop then scored on a Manny Machado single and Machado then scored on a Mark Trumbo two-run home run. In the fifth inning, a throwing error charged to Friedrich brought Yovani Gallardo and Schoop in to score. Andy Green came out to argue that Chris Davis was out of the basepaths and was thrown out of the game. Brad Hand relieved Friedrich in the sixth inning and gave up another run on Jones’ single to score Francisco Pena. Ryan Buchter started the ninth inning and had five runs scored against him: Two on a Machado ground-rule double and two more on another double by Trumbo. Trumbo then scored when Joey Rickard ground into a fielder’s choice.

Gallardo (3-1, 5.77) pitched six innings, surrendering three runs on three hits and three walks with six strikeouts. Brett Wallace hit a three-run home run in the sixth inning with Melvin Upton Jr. and Wil Myers on base. In the ninth inning, Alexei Ramirez doubled to score Derek Norris. Myers then doubled to bring Alex Dickerson and Ramirez home.

The Padres are off today. The New York Yankees (37-39) come to Petco Park for three games starting tomorrow at 7:40pm PDT. Colin Rea (4-3, 5.05) takes the mound against TBD.

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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 (33-45) scored fewer runs than the Baltimore Orioles (46-30) in the first of two games last night, 11-7, at Petco Park.

Erik Johnson (0-6, 8.33) gave up four runs on seven hits and no walks with two strikeouts. Adam Jones led off the game with a solo home run in the first inning. Jonathan Schoop scored on a Chris Davis sacrifice fly in the fourth inning. A two-run home run by Hyun Soo Kim with J.J. Hardy on base came in the fifth inning. Carlos Villanueva came in to pitch the sixth inning, and the Orioles scored seven runs off him in just two-thirds of an inning.


Ubaldo Jimenez (5-7, 6.63) pitched five innings, surrendering one run on three hits and four walks while striking out five. Melvin Upton Jr. led off the bottom of the first with a solo home run that hit the batter’s eye in center field and made two spectacular catches, the first of which robbed a home run from Hardy in the second inning. Wil Myers hit a three-run home run with Alexei Ramirez and Ryan Schimpf on base in the seventh inning. In the bottom of the ninth inning, Travis Jankowski and Myers scored on Adam Rosales‘ double and Rosales came home on a double by Yangervis Solarte.

This afternoon’s game has Christian Friedrich (4-2, 3.60) taking the mound against Yovani Gallardo (2-1, 6.04). First pitch is scheduled for 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 (30-43) scored fewer runs than the Baltimore Orioles (41-30) last night, 7-2, splitting their two game series in Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

Erik Johnson (0-5, 8.54) gave up six runs on nine hits and a walk while striking out three over four innings. Mark Trumbo led off the second inning with a solo home run. In the third inning, a Jonathan Schoop RBI double scored Adam Jones. A Matt Wieters RBI single in the fourth inning brought Trumbo in for another run. Johnson gave up a leadoff home run to Ryan Flaherty and loaded the bases with no outs in the fifth before being pulled for Carlos Villanueva. Villanueva hit Chris Davis with a pitch to bring Jones across the plate and Wieters’ sacrifice fly drove in Schoop. Hyun Soo Kim singled in the sixth inning to drive in Flaherty.

Ubaldo Jimenez (4-7, 6.97) pitched six innings, allowing two runs on four hits and four walks with seven strikeouts. RBI singles by Matt Kemp to drive in Travis Jankowski in the first and fifth innings accounted for both Padres’ runs.

The Padres tonight face the Cincinnati Reds (28-43) at 4:10pm PDT at Great American Ballpark. Christian Friedrich (3-2, 3.15) faces off against John Lamb (1-4, 4.75) in the first of four games.

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


The Padres (15-15) scored zero runs against the Arizona Diamondbacks (13-14) last night at Chase Field, 11-0. And you can’t win games when you don’t score any runs. It’s just math.

Odrisamer Despaigne (2-1, 5.13) gave up eight runs on ten hits and one walk with one strikeout in five innings. Home runs by Mark Trumbo and Paul Goldschmidt were really the only hits the Diamondbacks needed, though.

Rubby De La Rosa (3-2, 4.38) pitched seven shutout (obviously) innings giving up only three hits and two walk with seven strikeouts.

Oh, and Yonder Alonso left the game in obvious pain after landing hard on his right shoulder while diving for a ground ball in the eighth inning. Other than that, nothing special happened for the Friars.


Tonight’s matchup pits James Shields (3-0, 3.72) against Jeremy Hellickson (1-3, 5.20) at 6:40pm PDT.

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Sometimes things get a little fuzzy after spending an evening in the pub that you’re only in because Fox Sports One isn’t carried on your cable package.  So here’s a friendly reminder of what you might have missed while you were drinking.

The Padres (68-79) were smacked around by the Arizona Diamondbacks (60-88) by a score of 10-4 last night in Chase Field.  Tyson Ross (13-14, 2.81) took the brunt of it, giving up six runs (four earned) in just three innings on five hits and two walks with four strikeouts.  All six runs off of Ross were scored in the first two innings.  Mark Trumbo had three RBI and two runs scored on three hits over the course of the game.

Chase Anderson (9-6, 3.70) pitched five innings for the Diamondbacks to earn the win, surrendering two runs on four hits and three walks with five strikeouts.  Yasmani Grandal hit a solo home run off of Anderson in the fourth inning.  Yangervis Solarte connected with a pitch from Oliver Perez for another solo home run in the seventh.  Alexi Amarista had the other two RBI with two run-scoring singles.

This afternoon at 1:10 pm PDT Odrisamer Despaigne (3-6, 3.55) starts for the Padres against the Diamondbacks’ Trevor Cahill (3-11, 5.23).

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In a Saturday morning article, Time for the Padres to get bold, the U-T San Diego’s Matt Calkins advocated surrendering the farm system’s pitching depth for an impact bat. Calkins’ suggestions centered around the addition of either Giancarlo Stanton or Mark Trumbo, “the Angel with a lifetime OPS of .768 over four seasons.”

These players have been mentioned before during this off-season and rather than rehashing the pros and cons of adding their bats right now I would rather focus on Calkins’ idea about how the Padres should compete with today’s behemoths of the game:

The Padres aren’t anywhere close to a team like the Dodgers, Red Sox, or Yankees, who can bulldoze their way to the postseason with sheer force. They, however are one that can pirouette their way in with some good fortune and a critical extra piece.

Now’s the time to get that piece. Now’s the time for the index finger to stop wagging “no” and instead pull the trigger.

This is an interesting approach and it begs the question: When is the right time for a team like the Padres (i.e. limited resources and less margin for error) to push all in and go for it?

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What is the most realistic method for the Padres to add talent this winter? While there exists a good number of attractive free agents on the market, is it even feasible for a team like the Padres to add talent in such a way? The Padres may be adding approximately 20% to their payroll this off-season but that still doesn’t leave much to make a big splash. I apologize for having more questions than answers.

Last week, the Angels’ Mark Trumbo was named as a possible player suited for the Padres in 2014. The prospect of adding a first baseman who finished 2013 with 34 HRs, excited a lot of power starved fans here in San Diego. Others however, were nonplussed. The fans in the latter category cited Trumbo’s OBP (.294) and high strikeout rates (184 in 2013) as a reason not to consider giving up any young pitching for his corner infield bat. Maybe there’s something to that argument – despite the HR totals (34), Trumbo’s WAR (2.2) was only 1 better than that of current Padre, Yonder Alonso (1.2).

Truth be told . . . aside from scrolling through to scan numbers, I don’t know too much about Mark Trumbo. So I decided to ask someone who knows: Sam Miller of Baseball Prospectus.

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