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 (27-41) scored fewer runs than the Milwaukee Brewers (37-32), 6-5 in ten innings, last night in the first of three games at Miller Park.

Junior Guerra (1-1, 2.84) gave up four runs on two hits and four walks with three strikeouts in six innings. In the first inning, Wil Myers hit three-run home run and Hunter Renfroe hit a solo home run. Yangervis Solarte hit a solo home run in the eighth inning.

Miguel Diaz (1-1, 7.36) pitched three and a third innings, allowing four runs on five hits and a walk while striking out five. Travis Shaw hit a solo home run in the second inning. Keon Broxton hit a three-run home run in the fourth inning. Manny Pina tied up the ballgame with a solo home run in the eighth inning. And Eric Thames‘ walk-off solo home run ended the game in the tenth inning.

This afternoon Dinelson Lamet (2-2, 8.50) gets the start against Chase Anderson (5-2, 2.83) starting at 1:10pm PDT.
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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 (24-39) scored fewer runs than the Kansas City Royals (27-34) at Petco Park yesterday, 12-6.

Miguel Diaz (1-1, 6.92) started his first game in the Major Leagues and allowed no runs on one hit and three walks with one strikeout in two innings. Craig Stammen, Jose Torres, and Kirby Yates combined to allow three runs in relief. Then Brad Hand and Jose Valdez came into pitch and allowed nine runs (eight earned) in one and two-thirds innings, with the final blow coming on a grand slam home run by Lorenzo Cain in the eighth inning.

Ian Kennedy (0-6, 5.40) pitched six innings, giving up four runs on six hits and two walks while striking out five. Jose Pirela led off the first inning with a solo home run. In the fifth inning, Pirela hit a two-run double and Yangervis Solarte hit a run scoring single. Solarte singled again in the seventh inning to drive in Pirela. Erick Aybar hit an RBI single in the eighth inning.

This afternoon’s series finale will have Dinelson Lamet (2-1, 6.92) going up against Jake Junis (1-0, 5.23) starting at 1:40pm PDT.
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(Patrick Brewer did a good comparison of Miguel Diaz and Luis Perdomo the other day over at EVT, but what the heck. I’ve got a streak to protect here.)

It’s really easy to compare Luis Perdomo and Miguel Diaz. Both are right handers of similar size, both are Rule 5 picks plucked out of A-ball, and both struggled big time upon entering the major leagues. Take a look at how similar Perdomo and Diaz performed through May of their rookie seasons:

Player Innings Hits ERA HR/9 K% BB%
Perdomo 26 47 10.04 1.4 14.8 12.0
Diaz 22 2/3 21 7.15 2.0 16.0 12.0

Perdomo was actually worse, somehow, but if you just focus on the peripherals, they’re really similar. Let’s back up a bit further and compare these guys in the minors:

Player Innings Start % ERA HR/9 K% BB%
Perdomo 316 92.4 4.10 0.5 19.4 6.7
Diaz 236 48.6 3.61 0.4 22.0 8.9

The numbers are close again. Both guys suppressed homers while posting solid strikeout and walk numbers. Important to note that Perdomo was almost exclusively a starter in the minors, whereas only about half of Diaz’s appearances came as a starter. Also, Perdomo was pushed a bit more rapidly through the minors, so more of his performance came against slightly tougher competition. Still, similar profile.

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Jhoulys Chacin‘s struggles continue

The most often cited Chacin split is the home-road one, where he’s somehow posted a 0.67 home ERA this season and a 8.77 one on the road, and that doesn’t include last night’s clunker in New York. That Chacin split is explainable to a degree (Petco’s pitcher friendly, players perform better at home, etc.), but with that large a gap it’s mostly just a good helping of statistically noise. The more meaningful Chacin split is probably the lefty-right one (not that it’s bereft of noise), as he’s allowed .894 OPS against lefties this season, with six homers allowed, 10 walks, and 10 strikeouts in 99 plate appearances—and, again, that doesn’t include last night’s game.

If you watched Chacin’s 10-pitch battle with Michael Conforto (more on him in a second) to lead off yesterday’s game, it never felt like it was going to end well for Chacin. Conforto ultimately fouled off five straight pitches before taking a slider out to right field. Chacin will have to figure out how to not turn every lefty hitter into Bryce Harper (or Conforto) if he’s to turn things around this season.

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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 (12-20) scored fewer runs than the Los Angeles Dodgers (17-14), 10-2, Saturday evening at Petco Park.

Clayton Richard (2-4, 4.87) surrendered five runs on seven hits and six walks in five innings while striking out five. Cody Bellinger‘s RBI single in the fourth inning put the Dodgers on the scoreboard first, with Yasiel Puig batting a failed pickoff attempt by Austin Hedges allowed Franklin Gutierrez to score, and Puig singled to drive in Bellinger. A double by Enrique Hernandez in the fifth inning scored Chris Taylor and Justin Turner. In the ninth inning, a Miguel Diaz wild pitch let Joc Pederson cross the plate and Bellinger hit a grand slam home run.

Clayton Kershaw (5-2, 2.40) allowed one run on five hits and four walks with nine strikeouts in seven and a third innings. Ryan Schimpf hit a leadoff solo home run in the eighth inning. In the ninth inning, Jabari Blash scored as Cory Spangenberg reached on a throwing error.

This afternoon, Trevor Cahill (2-2, 3.60) starts the series finale opposite Brandon McCarthy (3-0, 3.10) with first pitch scheduled for 1:40pm PDT.

Update: Today’s game has been postponed due to rain. It has been rescheduled as part of a day/night doubleheader on September 2, 2017 at 12:40pm PDT, with the second game starting at 7:40pm PDT.

The Texas Rangers (13-18) come to Petco Park for two games starting tomorrow at 7:40pm PDT. Trevor Cahill (2-2, 3.60) gets the start tomorrow against Nick Martinez (0-1, 4.91).

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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 (9-15) scored fewer runs than the Arizona Diamondbacks (15-9) in the series finale at Chase Field last night, 6-2.

Jered Weaver (0-2, 4.71) pitched five and two-thirds innings, giving up five runs on six hits (including three home runs) and two walk with one strikeout. Chris Owings hit a solo home run in the third inning. In the fourth inning, Yasmany Tomas and Owings each had a solo home run. Tomas doubled home Paul Goldschmidt in the sixth inning. Miguel Diaz threw a wild pitch to Chris Herrmann in the eighth inning, allowing Jake Lamb to come home.

Taijuan Walker (3-1, 3.94) gave up two runs on four hits and no walks while striking out eleven in eight innings. In the first inning, Wil Myers scored on a Yangervis Solarte single. Ryan Schimpf hit a solo home run in the seventh inning.

The Padres head to San Francisco to take on the Giants (8-15) for three games at AT&T Park starting tonight at 7:15pm PDT. Luis Perdomo (0-0, 6.97) gets the start tonight against Jeff Samardzija (0-4, 7.40).

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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 (5-8) scored fewer runs than the Atlanta Braves (5-6), 9-2, yesterday at SunTrust Park.

Trevor Cahill (0-2, 4.76) pitched five and two-thirds innings, giving up four runs on four hits and three walk while striking out eight. Adonis Garcia scored on Tyler Flowers‘ single in the fifth inning. In the sixth inning, a single by Brandon Phillips drove in Ender Inciarte and Freddie Freeman. After Miguel Diaz balked in a run in the seventh inning, Inciarte hit a solo home run. In the eight inning, Freeman scored on a Nick Markakis double, Markakis scored on a Phillips single, and Phillips scored on Johan Carmago’s single.

Bartolo Colon (1-1, 4.24) gave up one run on one hit and a walk with six strikeouts in seven innings. Ryan Schimpf was the Padres’ offense, hitting a solo home run in the second inning and scoring on a passed ball on a walk to Erick Aybar in the eighth inning.

The Padres will attempt to avoid the four-game sweep in tonight’s series finale. Jered Weaver (0-1, 4.91) will take the mound against Jaime Garcia (0-1, 5.73) starting at 4:35pm PDT.

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The Hangover is a place to discuss a storyline or two from the previous day’s game.

Somewhere in the middle of another Opening Day mess, a hero emerged:

It took Miguel Diaz four years to get out of the rookie ball levels of the Milwaukee Brewers farm system, not necessarily a rarity for a young, international arm. Diaz finally reached the lower rung of Single-A ball last season, putting together an all-around fine season for a 21-year-old: 94 2/3 innings, 91 strikeouts, 29 walks, 7 home runs, a 3.71 ERA.

The likely plan, before the Padres got involved, probably involved Diaz reporting back to Low-A Wisconsin or High-A Carolina this spring and then, someday, Double-A Biloxi. If everything went smoothly at each stop—injuries were dodged, performance improved—Diaz would have had a shot at Triple-A, and maybe the majors, at some point in 2018. But everyone would be taking it one day at a time—er, one pitch at a time—in the relative anonymity of the minor leagues, dreams of The Show just ever-present background noise on long bus rides.

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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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