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

The Padres (65-69) scored more runs than the Los Angeles Dodgers (75-58), 10-7, in the first of four games at Petco Park.

Colin Rea (2-2, 5.47) pitched five innings, allowing two runs on four hits and two walks with six strikeouts. In the fifth inning, Corey Seager‘s first Major League hit was a double to right field. Pinch-hitter Scott Schebler ground out, sending Seager to third base, and a single by Joc Pederson gave the Dodgers their first run. A double by Chase Utley immediately followed to score Pederson. In the sixth inning, Odrisamer Despaigne faced three batters without getting an out, loading the bases. Marc Rzepczynski came into the game and got Scott Van Slyke to ground out, scoring Justin Turner from third base. Seager’s second hit plated Carl Crawford and Yasmani Grandal, and Seager made it to second on the throw home. Pinch-hitter Justin Ruggiano singled to score Seager, and Ruggiano took second base on the throw home. After Pederson popped out to first base, Utley bunted and Rzepczynski’s throw missed the first base bag and rolled into the right field corner. Utley made it to third and Ruggiano scored.

Mat Latos (4-9, 4.92) gave up four runs on eight hits and no walks with three strikeouts in just four innings. In the first inning, Yangervis Solarte led off with a double and advanced to second base on a sacrifice bunt [In the first inning AND with a man already in scoring position? Really?] by Cory Spangenberg. After a strikeout by Matt Kemp, Justin Upton came to bat and hit a double, scoring Solarte. Upton then came home on a single by Jedd Gyorko. In the second inning, Kemp hit a two-RBI single to score Derek Norris and Solarte. Norris doubled to score Upton in the sixth inning. Solarte hit a towering shot into the top deck of the Western Metal Building for a home run in the seventh inning to make it a one-run game. A two-run home run by Gyorko gave the Padres the lead in the eighth inning. Norris singled and scored on a Melvin Upton Jr. pinch-hit triple, followed by Solarte with another double.

Tonight is the final pregame Beerfest of the season at Petco Park. James Shields (10-6, 3.78) takes the mound at 7:10pm PDT again Mike Bolsinger (5-3, 2.83) in the second game of the series.

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

The Padres (47-52) scored more runs than the Miami Marlins (40-58) yesterday afternoon, 3-2, to take three of their four games at Petco Park.

Odrisamer Despaigne (4-7, 4.76) allowed just one run on two hits and two walks with three strikeouts in six innings. An Ichiro Suzuki sacrifice fly scored J.T. Realmuto in the fifth inning. The other Marlins’ run came in the seventh inning, when Realmuto hit a one-out solo home run off Brandon Maurer. Joaquin Benoit pitched a perfect eighth inning and Craig Kimbrel shut the Marlins down in the ninth inning for his 29th save.

Mat Latos (4-7, 4.48) pitched six innings, allowing all three Padres’ runs on six hits, no walks, and five strikeouts. Justin Upton led off the second inning with his 16th home run of the season. After a Yonder Alonso single, a Derek Norris strikeout, and a Jedd Gyorko single, Alexi Amarista‘s sacrifice fly scored the second run of the game and the inning. In the sixth inning, Matt Kemp ground into a fielder’s choice that scored Will Venable, who reached base on a leadoff double and took third on a Yangervis Solarte sacrifice bunt.

The Friars are off today as they travel to New York for a three-game series with the Mets (51-48) at Citi Field. James Shields (8-3, 3.77) gets the start versus Noah Syndergaard (4-5, 2.97) tomorrow at 4:10pm PDT.

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Here it is! All of the Padres bobbleheads that I own, in one single post! 57  168 (!!!!) different Padres, Chihuahuas, Beavers, Stars, BayBears, Quakes, Storm, Wizards, TinCaps, Emeralds, managers, announcers, mascots, dreamboats, skaters and sleepy voiced ex-owners. I’ve written in depth about many of these already, so if you have any questions feel free to ask in the comments below and I’ll fill you in on them.

Some Additional Notes:

-The Tony Gwynn set of 5 was not a Padres affiliated giveaway and was reportedly a set that Alicia Gwynn teamed up with another company on. I can’t recall the year, or if they were given away somewhere or sold, but I’m about 99.9% sure that it was in 2001.

-I found out that the set that features Trevor Hoffman, Ryan Klesko, Mark Kotsay and Phil Nevin was indeed given away at a game on August 4th, 2002, but was for kids only. You could also go to Carl’s Jr. every Saturday for 5 consecutive weeks and purchase a combo meal to buy a different bobblehead for $4.99 though, which is what I did. My cholesterol levels have never been the same.

-The Jerry Coleman bobblehead was a San Diego National Bank item from 2001 and was given away to “special friends of the bank” only.

-A HUGE thank you to the Fort Wayne TinCaps for providing the Rymer Liriano, Mat Latos, Matt Wisler, Josh Van Meter & Burt Hooton bobbleheads to the collection!!

-Another HUGE thank you to the El Paso Chihuahuas for providing the Manuel Margot & Austin Hedges bobbleheads!

-For more info on the Chris Denorfia unreleased bobblehead, go here.

-I’ve never seen the 1980’s Twin Enterprises bobblehead before, but I scooped it up. It’s in the 1985-1990 uniform, however I have never seen any of these holding a baseball. Perhaps it was a custom one?

If you have any bobbleheads that aren’t listed here, that you’d like to contribute to my sickness the cause, then shoot me an e-mail.

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

The Padres (36-47) pulled out the win with only one hit for the second time this season, defeating the Cincinnati Reds and Mat Latos (1-1, 2.45) by a score of 1-0.  What’s more, the lone Padres run was scored on a sacrifice fly by Everth Cabrera.  The Padres ended up hitting .171 for the month of June.  Which is pathetic, to say the least.

There were some excellent defensive plays from Carlos Quentin and Cameron Maybin to keep the shutout intact last night, though.

Jesse Hahn (4-1, 1.95)  pitched five innings with three hits and two walks to go with nine strikeouts.  Blaine Boyer, Dale Thayer, Joaquin Benoit, and Huston Street (22nd save) each threw a shutout inning to preserve the win.

Tonight Ian Kennedy (5-9, 4.01) takes the hill against Mike Leake (6-6, 3.41) and the Reds at 7:10 pm PDT in the second game of the series.  It’s Taco Tuesday again, so I hope you’re hungry if you’re going.

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On December 17, 2011, the Edinson Volquez Experience opened to tepid reviews.  Mostly because he directly replaced Mat Latos, the best Padre pitcher since Jake Peavy.  This past Saturday the curtain rang down a final time, after an all-too-familiar ineffective start.

Edinson Volquez has as many Padre career wins as Greg Maddux (20).

Well we’re two years removed from Josh Byrnes’ first major trade as the GM.  How does that trade look today?  Not too good.  As a reminder, Latos went to Cincinnati in exchange for Volquez, Brad Boxberger, Yonder Alonso, and Yasmani Grandal.

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There was a time, somewhat recently, where every five games the Padres played I mentally chalked up as a win. When Jake Peavy was anchoring the Padres staff there was no game I looked forward to more than a Jake Peavy start. Seeing Peavy as the probably starter meant I was already mentally penciling in a win for that day (a habit that made the days they did not win all that much more difficult to handle). A similar experience took place when Mat Latos took over the mantle of “staff ace.” It was a glorious time that I now remember through a fog of time.

Alas, they are no longer here.

I could make the argument here that the need for a true “staff ace” is overstated. 3 solid starters and 2 middling ones will likely get yourself into the post-season. But that’s for another time. Nevertheless, it’s a nice weapon to have. One guy that you can count on to stop a losing streak, to win that win-or-go-home game. There’s little question that as I write this the Padres currently do not have one.

Or do they?

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I’m probably one of the only people in the world who collects Padres programs. I love them mainly because I can look back in the old ones and find articles about upcoming prospects or seasons of promise. Us Padres fans know better than to believe these articles and know who the real prospects are nowadays but back in the 80’s and 90’s we got excited by these. The programs listed here are newer though. I’ve been going to Peoria regularly for the past 4 years now. Before that I had a couple seasons scattered around but it wasn’t until 2010 where the trip was mandatory every year. Let’s take a look back at the last 4.


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Spring Training has sprung, so it’s just a matter of time before we find out about injuries that seem odd, weird, or flat out stupid.

We’ve already had Andrew Cashner get stabbed in the hand by his friend while cleaning a deer carcass in December. And that got me thinking about other Padres’ players who have managed to injure themselves in strange, asinine or even ironic ways.

Believe it…or not!

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