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

The Padres (33-36) scored more runs than the Oakland A’s (29-40), 3-1 yesterday at Coliseum, to prevent a sweep and end their four game losing streak.

Ian Kennedy (4-5, 5.43) allowed just the one Athletics’ run in six innings on four hits and a walk with four strikeouts. Josh Phegley hit a solo home run with no outs in the sixth inning.

Kendall Graveman (3-4, 4.02) arguably pitched a better overall game than Kennedy, allowing two runs in seven innings on five hits and a walk with six strikeouts. Graveman’s only mistakes were solo home runs from Matt Kemp with two outs in the fourth inning and Derek Norris‘ leadoff shot in the sixth inning. The Padres third run came in the seventh inning when Justin Upton flied out to the first baseman in foul territory and Melvin Upton Jr. tagged up from third base.

The Friars travel to Phoenix to play three games against the Arizona Diamondbacks (32-33) at Chase Field. James Shields (7-0, 3.59) takes the hill at 6:40pm PDT against Rubby De La Rosa (5-3, 5.27) this evening.

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The Padres beat the Oakland A’s 3-1 on Thursday, salvaging one piece from an otherwise ugly four-game set. In the series — we’re calling it one series — the Padres were outscored 32-11, which is bad enough against any team, but it happened against the 29-40 last-place A’s. As Geoff Young said earlier this week:

If the Padres are serious about contending this year, they need to start dominating bad teams. The A’s are a bad team. Although anything can happen in a short series, it would behoove the Padres to take three out of four.

They certainly didn’t do that.

Here’s the thing. The A’s aren’t that bad. Like, maybe, they aren’t even bad at all. They might even be good. So far this season they’ve outscored their opponents — not by a few runs, but by 36 runs, which gives them the seventh-best run differential in the majors. By Baseball Prospectus’ third-order winning percentage, which uses underlying statistics and adjusts for strength of opponent, the A’s .591 mark ranks even better, fifth in the majors. (The Padres’ figure is a scary-bad .407, by the way.)

The A’s have good players, one of the prerequisites to fielding a good team. Stephen Vogt and Josh Reddick rank 17th and 18th in the majors in wRC+, respectively. Billy Burns, Ben Zobrist, Brett Lawrie, Billy Butler, and Marcus Semien round out a solid if not spectacular lineup. The pitching staff includes Sonny Gray and Jesse Chavez at the top, and Scott Kazmir and Jesse Hahn in the middle, hardly a weak spot. The bullpen, as Geoff mentioned, is the real weak link (along with the defense) and probably a major cause for the A’s 5-18 mark in one-run games. Hey, Geoff also mentioned the A’s positive run differential. Why am I writing this?

Anyway, the Padres played really poorly in the series, that much is obvious. Even if those same four games happened against the Dodgers or Cardinals or Astros (wait, the Astros?) or some other legitimately good team with a good win-loss record and everything, you certainly wouldn’t be happy with it. But at least you might take some solace in losing to a better team.

I’m not saying the A’s are a better team than the Padres, but it seems clear that they are significantly better than their early season record. It was an ugly series no matter how you look at it, but at least the A’s aren’t, like, the Phillies or something. The Padres can recover from this.

Plus we found out Alexi Amarista can pitch.

Sometimes things get a little fuzzy after an evening at the pub. And then, right before you pass out, you see Alexi Amarista taking the mound to pitch. Here’s a friendly reminder of what you might have missed while you were unconscious. And your friends were drawing penises on your face.


The Padres (32-36), 2. The Oakland A’s (29-39), 16.


Odrisamer Despaigne (3-5, 4.79), six innings, eight hits, one walk, two strikeouts, and six runs.


Jesse Chavez (3-6, 2.52), seven innings, three hits, one walk, ELEVEN strikeouts, and one run.


Frank Garces, two-thirds of an inning, three hits, one walk, no strikeouts, and three runs.


Cory Mazzoni, two-thirds of an inning, eight hits, one walk, one strikeout, and SEVEN runs.


Alexi Amarista, one-third of an inning, no hits, no walks, no strikeouts, and no runs. That’s right, THE FIVE FEET NOTHING TALL SHORTSTOP PITCHED!


Just click on any of the recaps below for more details. This game was so bad that if I think any more about it my brain will explode and ooze out of my ears.

The Padres try to salvage their dignity in the final game of the series this afternoon at 12:35pm PDT. Ian Kennedy (3-5, 5.84) takes the hill against the Athletic’s Kendall Graveman (3-3, 4.22).

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

The Padres (32-35) scored fewer runs than the Oakland A’s (28-39), 6-5, yesterday at Petco Park in Pat Murphy‘s debut as the Padres’ interim manager.

Andrew Cashner (2-8, 4.45) surrendered five runs in five innings on five hits and three walks with three strikeouts. The sad strange part was he kept the A’s hitless through the first four innings until Max Muncy‘s double to right field with one out in the fifth. Ben Zobrist hit a two-run home run with no outs in the sixth inning to break a 3-3 tie and drive Cashner from the game.

Scott Kazmir (3-4, 2.84) also pitched five innings, giving up three runs (two earned) on five hits and a walk with six strikeouts. Austin Hedges hit his first Major League home run with a solo shot to left field with one out in the third inning. With one out in the fourth inning, Clint Barmes drove in Justin Upton from third base with a bunt single. In the fifth inning, Melvin Upton Jr. scored on an attempted steal of home that turned into a balk for Kazmir. In the eighth inning, J Upton ground into a double play that allowed M Upton to score from third base. Matt Kemp then followed by hitting his first home run at Petco Park with a two-out solo shot to left center.

Craig Kimbrel pitched the ninth with a tie game at 5-5, and Eric Sogard singled to drive in Billy Burns from second base for the final run of the game. Tyler Clippard struck out Will Venable, Cory Spangenberg, and pinch-hitter Derek Norris to end the game.

The Friars now race to try to beat the Athletics to Oakland, with another two games with the A’s at Coliseum starting tonight at 7:05pm PDT. Odrisamer Despaigne (3-4, 4.38) gets the start tonight against Jesse Chavez (2-6, 2.64).

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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 (32-34) scored fewer runs than the Oakland A’s (27-39), 9-1, last night in the first of two games at Petco Park.

Tyson Ross (3-7, 4.02) gave up four run on seven hits and five walks with six strikeout in five innings of work. In the third inning, Josh Reddick started the scoring with an RBI single with one out to score Eric Sogard. Ben Zobrist then walked and Stephen Vogt singled to left field to score Reddick. Zobrist then scored on a single by Brett Lawrie. In the fifth inning, Lawrie drove in Zobrist again with one out.

In the eighth inning, with Cory Mazzoni on the mound for the Padres, Marcus Semien walked and Billy Butler singled. Billy Burns then, still with no outs, drove in Semien with a single. Mazzoni got Sogard to line out to center field and Reddick to fly out to left field. Then, after a single by Zobrist, Mazzoni served up a grand slam to Vogt, who ended up with five RBI.

Jesse Hahn (4-5, 3.62) pitched six and two-third innings, giving up just the one Padres’ run on three hits and two walks with four strikeouts. Will Venable drove in Alexi Amarista with an RBI single in the third inning after it was determined he was not hit by a pitch that appeared to hit his pant leg, even after acting manager Dave Roberts called for a replay challenge.

This afternoon at 12:40pm PDT, the Padres will send Andrew Cashner (2-8, 4.16) to the mound against the Athletics and Scott Kazmir (3-4, 2.79) in the second game at Petco Park.

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Since I watch a fair number of A’s games, I thought I’d share some observations with you in advance of tonight’s first pitch. Do with these what you will.


The A’s are solid from top to bottom. The weak links are Eric Sogard and Billy Butler. In Sogard’s case, he has never hit much, while Butler is just struggling. Plus he makes Yonder Alonso look like Billy Hamilton and can be thrown out from almost anywhere on the field.

Stephen Vogt and Josh Reddick, both left-handed hitters, have been Oakland’s biggest threats for most of the year. Vogt is having a rough June, but when he’s on, he works counts and drives the ball hard. Right now he is expanding his zone and not making contact.

Unlike Vogt, whose platoon splits exist but are fairly mild, Reddick can be beaten by good southpaws. And if the Padres had any, that might help, since he mashes right-handed pitching: .369/.438/.631 in 176 plate appearances through June 14.

Billy Burns has been a catalyst at the top of the order since his May recall. He is a pest who fouls pitches off, makes good contact, and can drive the ball harder than you might expect from a guy listed at 5’9”, 180. He also runs well and is one of the A’s few threats to steal.

The other guy worth mentioning is Brett Lawrie, who hacks at everything and occasionally hits one real far. He’s also a bit intense. Lawrie has been known to scream while rounding the bases after a home run and launch epic F-bombs after striking out. Whatever the case, it’s nothing personal. That’s just what he does, like those crazy people on Broadway.

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The Padres announced their 2015 regular season schedule this morning, along with every other MLB team.  If you want to read about all the Dodgers and when the Padres will face them in 2015, see the Padres Friarwire article here.  At least, it seems to me that’s what that article mostly focuses on.

The Friars will open their 2015 season with three games against the Dodgers in Los Angeles before starting their home schedule on April 9 against the San Francisco Giants.

The interleague schedule will feature games against teams from the American League West.  And with their Vedder Cup rivals, the Seattle Mariners, with two-game series in Seattle (May 12-13) and in Petco Park (June 30-July 1), of course.

The Houston Astros come to San Diego for the first time as an American League team August 27-29.

The Padres 2015 interleague schedule also includes home series against Oakland (June 15-16) and Texas (August 31-September 2). The Padres will also travel to Texas, Oakland, and Anaheim.

Times have not yet been announced.

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This edition of “Questions You Were Too Afraid To Ask” focuses on the finalization of the Kyle Blanks trade and the Nick Hundley-Troy Patton swap.

The Padres received Ronald Herrera last week from the Oakland A’s to complete the Kyle Blanks trade. He’s just 19 years old and currently boasts a 3.30 ERA in the Midwest League. Is it okay to be excited about this pickup?

We discussed the Blanks trade two weeks ago, noting that the player to be named later set to come the Padres way might be something of value:

While PTBNLs are often just bit pieces, it seems possible, if not likely, that the Padres will get something decent back here, if only because Blanks has plenty more value than Goebbert as far as role players go.

By PTBNL standards, Herrera seems like a pretty nice acquisition. Signed out of Venezuela for $20K in 2011, Herrera has progressed nicely through Oakland’s system, rolling through the Dominican Summer League and Arizona Rookie League in 2012 and 2013, respectively. He’s currently stationed in Single-A Fort Wayne, sporting a 3.30 ERA in 57 1/3 innings, along with a 3.6 strikeout-to-walk ratio and just under a home run allowed per nine innings. (Most of that work was done in Oakland’s system, of course.)

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Kyle Blanks’ long, mostly enigmatic San Diego Padres career came crashing to an end last week, as he was dealt to the Oakland A’s for outfielder Jake Goebbert and a player to be named later or cash considerations.

A draft-and-follow from the 42nd round of the 2004 draft, Blanks raked at every level in the Padres minor league system. Blanks’ prospect breakout came in 2007 when he hit .301/.380/.540 and popped 20 home runs in High-A Lake Elsinore. He solidified that performance in 2008 when, as a 21-year-old, he hit .325/.404/.514 in pitcher-friendly Double-A San Antonio. By 2009, Baseball America rated him as the No. 1 prospect in the Padres system and 50th in all of baseball.

At that point, the only thing blocking Blanks from a full-time job in San Diego was Adrian Gonzalez, who just so happened to play Blanks’ natural position of first base. Even that wasn’t much of a roadblock, as the nimble-for-his-size Blanks, who stands at 6’6’’ and weighs somewhere in the neighborhood of 275 pounds, was able to make a largely (no pun intended) seamless transition to the outfield, splitting time between left and right field for the Padres in 2009. He also hit .250/.355/.514 that year as a 22-year-old rookie, smashing 10 home runs in just 172 plate appearances. Season-ending plantar fasciitis in September both put an end to Blanks’ fantastic rookie season and foreshadowed an injury-plagued future.

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