Sometimes things get a little fuzzy while coping with a losing streak.  Here’s a friendly reminder of what you might have missed while you were drinking.

Mired in a four game losing streak, the Padres looked for encouragement.  Perhaps they found some from a large contingent of United States Marines.  More likely they trusted in the right arm of Brendan Morrow (1-0, 2.67).  Behind seven innings of 5-hit ball, San Diego ended their skid, defeating Scott Baker (0-1, 3.86) and the Los Angeles Dodgers (11-7) 3-1.  Coupled with a Rockies loss, the Padres moved back into a tie for second in the NL West.

San Diego (11-9) will continue the home stand tomorrow when they welcome in the Houston Astros (11-7) for a 3-game set.  You might not have noticed, because they’ve been horrible for years, but Houston currently leads the AL West.  James Shields (2-0, 3.24 ERA, 3.47 FIP) will square off against Collin McHugh (3-0, 2.41 ERA, 1.74 FIP)

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Sometimes things get a little fuzzy after an evening binge-drinking $5 beers in the Park At The Park and Padres Beerfest. Here’s a friendly reminder of what you might have missed after you blacked out and woke up under the swing set in a playground in Ramona.

The Padres (10-8) scored less runs than the Los Angeles Dodgers (10-6) last night. In fact, they didn’t score any runs, dropping the first game of the home stand 3-0. Zack Greinke (3-0, 1.35) shut down the Padres hitters over his seven innings, giving up just four hits and three walks with seven strikeouts.

Andrew Cashner (1-3, 2.63) looked good, but seemed to have trouble hitting his spots again, surrendering two runs on six hits and a walk with six strikeouts. Carl Crawford hit a leadoff home run to start the seventh inning off Cashner that increased the Dodgers lead to 2-0. Kevin Quackenbush was called up from AAA El Paso and made his 2015 debut, pitching one and a third innings. Joc Pederson knocked in Yasmani Grandal with a sacrifice fly in the ninth inning off Quackenbush for the Dodgers final run.

Tonight has Ian Kennedy (0-0, 0.00) returning from the disabled list to face the Dodgers and Brandon McCarthy (2-0, 4.50) at 5:40pm PDT in the second game of the three-game series at Petco Park.

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

The Padres (6-4) once again scored more runs than the Arizona Diamondbacks (4-5) last night at Petco Park, winning 3-2. Justin Upton extended his hitting streak to start the season to 10 games with a single in the second inning and then scored the Friars’ first run on a double by Yonder Alonso. He then hit another monster shot to left field in the eighth inning to break a 2-2 tie. Craig Kimbrel then came in to close out the game in the ninth inning for his third save.

Brandon Morrow (0-0, 1.20) had some trouble early, giving up a two-run home run in the first inning to Paul Goldschmidt. But he settled down and pitched well through the seventh, retiring 10 in a row before Aaron Hill singled. Morrow relieved by Joaquin Benoit in the eighth and Benoit was the pitcher of record when Upton hit his bomb.

Chase Anderson (0-0, 4.09) pitched six innings for the D-Backs. Newly called-up Yasmany Tomas made his Major League debut, pinch-hitting for Anderson in the seventh and grounding out in his only appearance of the game.

The Padres are off today, travelling to Chicago to face the Cubs at Wrigley Field on Friday at 11:20am PDT. James Shields (1-0, 2.08) will take the mound against the Cubs and Jason Hammel (1-0, 4.50).

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

The Padres (5-4) scored more runs than the Arizona Diamondbacks (4-4) last night, 5-1, as Odrisamer Despaigne (1-0, 0.00) pitched another gem, this time as a starter. Despaigne lasted seven innings while only allowing one run on two hits and two walks with three strikeouts. Joaquin Benoit relieved him in the eighth, getting out of the inning with some help defensively from a double play turned by SS Alexi Amarista & 2B Yangervis Solarte that was rather impressive.

Jeremy Hellickson (0-2, 6.55) was knocked around for six and two-thirds innings, surrendering five runs on seven hits and three walk with six strikeouts. Justin Upton hit his second home run of the season in the bottom of the fifth inning with a towering solo shot to left field that landed underneath the scoreboard in the first row of the second deck. Matt Kemp tripled in the bottom of the seventh that RF Mark Trumbo misplayed.

Dale Thayer pitched the ninth inning to wrap up the Friars victory.

Brandon Morrow (0-0, 0.00) takes the hill versus Chase Anderson (0-0, 5.40) tonight at 6:10pm PDT at Petco Park. It’s College Night, which doesn’t mean anything to me. Maybe it does for you.

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

The Padres (4-4) lost the opener of a three-game series to the Arizona Diamondbacks (4-3) by a score of 8-4 last night at Petco Park. Andrew Cashner (0-2, 4.09) was saddled with the loss despite not giving up an earned run and getting nine strikeouts in his six innings. However, the second inning was ugly, as a Yangervis Solarte throwing error (that could have also been an error on Yonder Alonso‘s part) helped the Diamondbacks score four runs.

Rubby De La Rosa (2-0, 7.15) also pitched six innings, surrendering three runs on six hits and a walk with five strikeouts. Yonder Alonso hit his first home run of the season in the bottom of the second inning into the Beach in right-center field.

Tonight at 7:10pm PDT the Friars send Odrisamer Despaigne (0-0, 0.00) to the mound — in the place of the injured Ian Kennedy — against the Diamondbacks’ Jeremy Hellickson (0-1, 6.23). It’s the first Taco Tuesday of the season.

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

The Padres (4-3) defeated the San Francisco Giants (3-4) yesterday afternoon by a score of 6-4, taking the Opening Series with their third win in a row.

Backup catcher Wil Nieves took advantage of his start with his first career Grand Slam home run in the fourth inning. Tyson Ross (1-0, 3.75) gave up three runs in six innings on five hits and four walks with eight strikeouts. Will Venable crushed a solo home run to right field against Yusmeiro Petit in the bottom of the seventh inning. Craig Kimbrel pitched a 1-2-3 ninth inning for his second save as a Padre.

Alexi Amarista and Matt Kemp each added a triple to the Padres hit total and Justin Upton hit his second double of the season.

Giants’ starter Jake Peavy (0-1, 9.00) made his first ever start in Petco Park as a visitor and only lasted four innings surrendering four runs on four hits, three walks, and five strikeouts. Buster Posey hit a solo home run off of Dale Thayer in the top of the seventh inning.

Andrew Cashner (0-1, 9.00) is scheduled to start tonight at 7:10pm PDT when the Friars start a three-game series against the Arizona Diamondbacks, who will start Rubby De La Rosa (1-0, 10.13).

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

The Padres (3-3) defeated the San Francisco Giants (3-3) handily last night by a score of 10-2. The Friars collected twenty hits, tying their Petco Park high.

James Shields (1-0, 2.08) pitched seven innings, giving up one run on three hits and a walk with seven strikeouts. The one run was thanks to a Joaquin Arias home run to left field in the fourth inning.

Madison Bumgarner (1-1, 5.40) lasted just three innings, surrendering five runs on ten hits with no walks and four strikeouts. Ryan Vogelsong relieved Bumgarner and didn’t fare much better, giving up another five runs (four earned) in three and two-thirds innings on nine hits and a walk with two strikeouts.

Every starting player for the Padres had at least one hit after Shields singled in the sixth inning. Justin Upton, Will Middlebrooks, and Wil Myers each had two RBI in the game.

This afternoon at 1:10pm PDT the Padres will send Tyson Ross (0-0, 3.00) to the mound against old friend Jake Peavy (0-0, 0.00) in the series finale with the Giants.

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Sometimes things get a little fuzzy after an afternoon at the pub avoiding Dickhats in and around San Diego. Here’s a friendly reminder of what you might have missed while you were drinking.

The Padres (1-3) lost the 2015 home opener to the San Francisco Giants (3-1), 1-0 in 12 innings. Ian Kennedy (0-0, 0.00) pitched just two and a third innings (2 hits, 2 walks, and 2 strikeouts) before coming out of the game with a hamstring strain. Odrisamer Despaigne relieved Kennedy and pitched four and two-third perfect innings with a strikeout.

Tim Hudson (0-0, 0.00) started for the Giants with six and a third innings pitched with five hits, five walks, and a strikeout. The lone run came for the Giants in the top of the 12th inning when Brandon Crawford scored on a single by Justin Maxwell.

Tonight at 7:10pm PDT the Friars have Brandon Morrow (0-0, 0.00) taking the mound against the Giants and Tim Lincecum (0-0, 0.00) in the second game, aka the Tony Gwynn Opener, of the four-game Opening Weekend series at Petco Park.

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This year Petco Park celebrated it’s 10th anniversary, which you already knew. It a good time to talk about how old we all are, which you might have known but it will be brought to your attention every time someone mentions this was the 10th anniversary of Petco Park.

Inspired by jbox’s post from Opening Night 2004, published below for your viewing pleasure is a photo gallery from a trip to the ballpark with my parents and sister on June 20th of that year.

Baseball reference tells me Brian Lawrence of the Padres put together a nice outing, pitching 8 innings, striking out 6 with no walks, and allowing 2 runs.

Rod Beck was the opposite of that. He pitched two thirds of the 9th, continuing his crazy swing from living in the outfield of a minor league park in 2002, to dominating closer in 2003, then to not too good of a reliever in 2004. If only we knew about FIP at the time, as his 3.39 xFIP in 2003 indicated a somewhat hollow performance. Beck’s 5.35 xFIP the following year was, well still not great, but it was better than the 6.38 ERA made it seem.

I digress. Photos!

 

It’s been an exciting offseason, hasn’t it? That being said, there are a few things that we here at Padres Public haven’t necessarily been on top of.

Okay, the fact is that Dustin and Nate do a great job of recapping & analyzing trades and roster moves. I, on the other hand, do not. Other than complaining about Alexi Amarista playing center field, I tend to focus on the ballpark experience, media, and public relations.

I guess what I’m saying is that by “we,” I mean me. I haven’t been on top of things.

So, here’s a couple of items that have come up in the last week or so.

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