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

The Padres (41-51) scored more runs than the San Francisco Giants (57-36) yesterday afternoon, 5-3, to complete a three-game series sweep at Petco Park. It was the first series sweep of 2016 for the Padres.

Edwin Jackson (1-1, 4.76) had a no-hitter through six and a third innings in his Padres debut, until Conor Gillaspie hit a three-run home run with one out in the seventh inning. That was the only hit against Jackson, who struck out four with five walks and two batters reaching on errors, for three runs (two earned). Ryan Schimpf had a throwing error in the second inning and Jackson misplayed a soft chopper in the seventh inning.

Johnny Cueto (13-2, 2.64) pitched five innings, giving up four runs on six hits and three walks while striking out four. Matt Kemp led off the fourth inning with a solo home run and Christian Bethancourt added his own solo home run two outs later. RBI singles in the sixth inning by Schimpf and Jackson added two more runs. Yangervis Solarte hit a solo home run in the seventh inning.

The Friars begin a ten-game road trip tonight at 5:15pm PDT against the St Louis Cardinals (47-44). Christian Friedrich (4-5, 4.50) gets the start against Mike Leake (6-7, 4.14) in the first of four games at Busch Stadium.

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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 (40-51) scored more runs than the San Francisco Giants (57-35) last night, 7-6 in 10 innings on a walk-off balk, in the second game of three at Petco Park.

Luis Perdomo (3-4, 7.36) pitched four and two-thirds innings, giving up three runs on eight hits and no walks with two strikeouts. Angel Pagan put the Giants on the scoreboard with a two-run home run in the third inning. In the fifth inning, an RBI double by Buster Posey scored Denard Span. Mac Williamson and Ramiro Pena each hit a solo home run in the sixth inning. And Posey hit a solo home run in the tenth inning.

Jeff Samardzija (9-5, 4.05) surrendered five runs (four earned) on five hits and four walks while striking out four. Travis Jankowski stole third base and scored on a throwing error by Posey in the first inning. Ryan Schimpf hit a solo home run in the second inning. In the third inning, Matt Kemp hit a leadoff home run and Alex Dickerson scored on a two-out Schimpf triple off the right center field wall. In the tenth inning, Dickerson scored on Adam Rosales single and Derek Norris came in from third base on a balk called on Santiago Casilla.

Edwin Jackson (0-1, 5.91) makes his Padres debut this afternoon against Johnny Cueto (13-1, 2.47). The series finale starts at 1:40pm 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 (39-51) scored more runs than the San Francisco Giants (57-34) last night, 4-1, in the first of three games at Petco Park.

Andrew Cashner (4-7, 5.05) gave up one run on four hits and no walk while striking out nine batters in six innings. Conor Gillaspie drove in Brandon Crawford on a single in the second inning. In the ninth inning, Brandon Belt was ejected for arguing balls and strikes and was quickly joined in the clubhouse by Bruce Bochy.

Madison Bumgarner (10-5, 2.12) pitched six innings, surrendering four runs on seven hits and a walk with nine strikeouts. Yangervis Solarte doubled to score Wil Myers in the first inning. An RBI single by Matt Kemp drove in Derek Norris in the third inning. In the fourth inning, Adam Rosales hit a solo home run. And Myers hit a solo home run in the fifth inning.

Tonight at 5:40pm PDT, Luis Perdomo (3-4, 7.48) gets the start versus Jeff Samardzija (9-5, 3.91) in the second game at Petco Park.

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Brought to you in part by Sycuan Casino and CW 6 San Diego

As you may or may not know, I won two tickets to the All-Star Home Run Derby from Sycuan Casino. They were really nice seats right above the National League dugout. Shortly after finding out I won those tickets, my brother — who was coming with me — find out he had won two tickets for the All-Star FanFest from CW 6 San Diego. So we had ourselves a full day ahead of us.

The following are some of the photos I took. You can see the rest in the album on Flickr.

All-Star FanFest at the San Diego Convention Center

We jumped on the trolley around 8am and headed downtown. We ended up in line at 8:30am or so, half an hour before the doors opened.

All-Star FanFest

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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 American League All-Stars scored more runs than the National League All-Stars, 4-2, in the 2016 All-Star Game at Petco Park.

Chris Sale (0-0, 9.00) pitched one inning, allowing just one run on one hit and no walks with one strikeout. Kris Bryant hit a solo home run with two outs in the first inning. Marcell Ozuna singled off Aaron Sanchez to score Buster Posey in the fourth inning.

Both San Diego Padres representatives got into the game. Wil Myers started the game at designated hitter and was 1-for-3 with a double and a strikeout. Drew Pomeranz threw a scoreless fourth inning, allowing a hit.

Johnny Cueto (0-1, 16.20) pitched one and a third innings, giving up three runs on five hits and no walks with one strikeout. In the first inning, 2016 All-Star Game MVP Eric Hosmer hit a solo home run and Salvador Perez followed with a two-run home run with Mookie Betts on base. Hosmer singled in the fourth run in the third inning to score Edwin Encarnacion.

The next All-Star Game will be played on July 11th, 2017 in Miami’s Marlins Park at 5:00pm PDT.

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Last week I had the pleasure of touring some of Petco Park’s television production facilities. These aren’t the first photos I’ve published: in 2009 I posted photos from inside the Cox Channel 4 broadcast trailer back at the original Sacrifice Bunt. Hard to believe it’s been seven years.

This tour has more going for it: bigger, better photos, more locations, and a special, secret spot I’ve never seen of a tour visit. You’ll have to wait patiently to see what it is though. Or scroll to the bottom of this article, I guess.

First up is the trailer used by the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network (MASN) to cover the Orioles broadcast:

padres masn production trailer

This the MASN trailer that houses the producers who tell everyone what to do, and display graphics on screen. Behind this photo is a sign with a flamingo on it that says “No Flamingo’ing.” I thought “Flamingo’ing” was some sort of technical jargon, but it just means “Don’t lean with your foot on the wall.”

 

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

The Padres (35-47) scored fewer runs than the New York Yankees (40-41) yesterday afternoon, 6-3. The Padres were denied yet again for their first sweep of 2016 remaining 1-for-∞ on Sundays.

Andrew Cashner (3-6, 4.42) came off the disabled list and threw ninety pitches in six innings. Cashner allowed two runs (one earned) on six hits and two walks while striking out six. Didi Gregorius reached on an error by Alexei Ramirez in the second inning. and eventually came around to score on Ronald Torreyes’ double play ground ball. Gregorius hit a solo home run in the fourth inning. Mark Teixeira hit two home runs — the 400th and 401st of his Major League career — a solo one in the eighth and a two-run one with Brett Gardner on base in the ninth. Gardner knocked in Jacoby Ellsbury on his ninth inning single.

Chad Green (1-1, 4.09) earned his first win, surrendering one run in six innings on three hits and no walks with eight strikeouts. Yangervis Solarte went 4-for-4, coming a triple short of the cycle, and put the Padres on the scoreboard with his solo home run in the second inning. Solarte then scored in the ninth inning on Alex Dickerson‘s two-run home run.

The Friars travel to Phoenix to face the Arizona Diamondbacks (37-47) for three games starting tonight at 6:10pm PDT. Luis Perdomo (2-3, 8.49) gets the start in the first game against Archie Bradley (3-3, 4.50).

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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 (35-46) scored more runs than the New York Yankees (39-41), 2-1, on a walkoff home run by Melvin Upton Jr. last night at Petco Park.

Drew Pomeranz (7-7, 2.65) pitched seven innings, giving up one run on five hits and no walks with seven strikeouts. Jacoby Ellsbury led off the sixth inning with a double. Brett Gardner then bunted for a single and Ellsbury moved to third base. Starlin Castro ground out to Ryan Schimpf, but Ellsbury scored.

Ivan Nova (5-5, 5.06) surrendered one run on four hits and a walk in five and a third innings while striking out seven. Wil Myers walked, stole second base, and later scored on a Matt Kemp double in the sixth inning. Leading off the ninth inning, Upton Jr., hit the first pitch he saw from Andrew Miller into the left field seats for the walkoff win.

The series finale is this afternoon at 1:40pm PDT at Petco Park. Andrew Cashner (3-5, 4.75) gets the start against Chad Green (0-1, 7.20).

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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 (34-46) scored more runs than the New York Yankees (39-40) in the first game of three, 7-6, last night at Petco Park.

Colin Rea (5-3, 4.79) pitched six innings, giving up two runs (one earned) on four hits and a walk with five strikeouts. In the second inning, a Jacoby Ellsbury single drove-in Didi Gregorius. Brian McCann hit a solo home run in the sixth inning. In the ninth inning, the Padres nearly threw the game away, literally. Matt Thornton started the inning by walking McCann and hitting Starlin Castro with pitch. Pinch-hitter Alex Rodriguez then singled to bring McCann in. Brandon Maurer then came in to pitch — and give up a double to Gregorius that drove-in Castro. Aaron Hicks ground out to shortstop, but Rodriguez scored. The Yankees then had Carlos Beltran pinch-hit for Anthony Swarzak, and Maurer threw a wild pitch that allowed Gregorius to score. After Beltran doubled, Maurer got the last two outs for his first Major League save.

Nathan Eovaldi (6-6, 5.54) surrendered six runs on seven hits and three walks while striking out two in four and one-third innings. In the first inning, a single by Melvin Upton Jr. scored Wil Myers and Derek Norris followed that up with a double to bring Yangervis Solarte and Upton Jr. across the plate. Ryan Schimpf hit his first major league home run, a solo shot to right center field, in the second inning. Myers hit a two-run home run with Travis Jankowski on base in the fifth inning. With Swarzak pitching to Norris in the seventh inning, a passed ball by McCann let Solarte come in from third base.

Tonight starting at 7:10pm PDT, Drew Pomeranz (7-7, 2.76) takes the mound against former Padres’ farmhand Ivan Nova (5-5, 5.32) in the second game at Petco Park.

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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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