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 (9-16) scored fewer runs than the San Francisco Giants (9-15), 4-3, last night in the first of three games at AT&T Park.

Luis Perdomo (0-0, 4.96) is still looking for his first victory of 2017. Perdomo pitched six innings, giving up three runs (one earned) on six hits and no walks while striking out five. In the first inning, Christian Arroyo reached on an error, allowing Joe Panik to score, and Brandon Belt scored on a Conor Gillaspie single. Belt scored on a Michael Morse sacrifice fly in the fifth inning. Arroyo led off the eighth inning with a home run.

Jeff Samardzija (0-4, 7.40) is also looking for his first victory of 2017. Samardzija surrendered three runs (two earned) in seven innings on four hits and a walk with five strikeouts. Ryan Schimpf hit a two-run home run and Cory Spangenberg scored on a Austin Hedges single in the fifth inning.

At AT&T Park tonight, starting at 6:05pm PDT, Jhoulys Chacin (2-3, 5.90) gets the start versus Matt Cain (2-0, 2.42).

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Ryan Schimpf hit a game-winning home run on Wednesday night, and then added another one last night:

I was trying to think of a creative way to explain why Schimpf, despite hitting .125 on the season, deserves a much longer look, but it really boils down to two simple numbers:

Walk Rate: 18.5 percent
ISO: .234

Schimpf’s still walking a ton and he’s hitting for power. He’s also striking out a lot, but his 32.1 percent K-rate shouldn’t make him unplayable. So far this year, two really solid hitters, Chris Davis and Joey Gallo, are striking out at a similar rate, and a number of fringier guys are around that level. Last year, Davis, Chris Carter, and Mike Napoli all posted wRC+’s above 100 while whiffing at least 30 percent of the time, and they did it in Schimpf-ian fashion, with walks and power.

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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 evening at the pub. Here’s a friendly reminder of what you may have missed while you were drinking.

The Padres (9-14) scored more runs than the Arizona Diamondbacks (14-9), 8-5, at Chase Field last night.

Trevor Cahill (1-2, 4.50) gave up all five Diamondbacks’ runs over five and two-thirds innings on nine hits and four walks while striking out nine. Paul Goldschmidt had RBI singles to score A.J. Pollock in the first and third innings. Also in the third inning, Jake Lamb singled to drive David Peralta in and Goldschmidt scored on a Chris Owings groundout. Goldschmidt also doubled to drive in Peralta in the fourth inning for the Diamondbacks’ final run.

Zack Godley (0-0, 3.60) pitched five innings, giving up two runs on four hits and three walks with six strikeouts. In the fourth inning, Erick Aybar hit a solo home run and Cahill doubled to drive in Jabari Blash, who had walked. Hunter Renfroe led off the sixth inning with a home run. In the ninth inning, Ryan Schimpf hit a three-run home run and Yangervis Solarte hit a two-run double.

Tonight’s series finale pits Jered Weaver (0-1, 3.91) against Taijuan Walker (2-1, 4.57) starting at 6:40pm PDT.

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I didn’t get a chance to catch any of yesterday’s game in real time, so last night I queued up MLB.tv’s condensed game feature instead. Here are some random observations from 16 minutes and 25 seconds of footage.

The first inning

The opening action of the condensed game is Bartolo Colon striking out Travis Jankowski on an 0-2 fastball, which leads us to two points . . .

. . . Holy cow, Bartolo Colon is almost 44 years old. The funny thing is, Colon isn’t just a novelty act. He’s led the league in walk rate for two years running, he strikes out six guys per nine, and he’s posted an ERA+ of 105 since he turned 40. Colon, in his forties, is the very definition of a league-average innings eater (no, he does not actually eat the innings).

He also does it almost exclusively with the fastball. According to Brooks Baseball, 72 of his 85 pitches yesterday were either two- or four-seam fastballs, with 10 sliders and three changeups mixed in for good measure. That’s Colon’s MO, as he throws some version of the heater 80-plus percent of the time.

This pitch to Jankowski is like the perfect two-strike fastball, off the plate outside but enticing enough to induce a halfhearted hack. It’s a purpose pitch, with the purpose of getting someone out.

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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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Ryan Schimpf collected a pair of walks last night against the Braves, giving him a league-leading 11 on the young season. He’s hitting well south of .200 so far, but he’s still been an effective offensive player because he’s walking like Barry Bonds circa 2003. His slash line—.148/.375/.370—isn’t one you see everyday, but it still works.

In his first at-bat against Julio Teheran, Schimpf didn’t swing at a single pitch.

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And that’s kind of his thing.

He just doesn’t swing the bat. According to the numbers at Baseball Prospectus, Schimpf’s swing rate—simply the percentage of pitches he offers at—is second-lowest in all of baseball at 32.5 percent, trailing only Logan Forsythe‘s 30 percent. Since 2010, the only hitters with a lower swing rate in a season (minimum 400 pitches) than Schimpf’s current mark are Nick Johnson, Brett Gardner, and George Kottaras.

For the most part, Schimpf’s done an excellent job simply waiting out pitchers. In the at-bat referenced above, note that second pitch. That’s a strike, but it’s a pitcher’s pitch, a backdoor slider that catches the outside part of the plate in a fastball count. It’s a hittable pitch, but up 1-0 in the count, it’s probably not what Schimpf is looking for. Rather than swinging at it, he takes it for a strike and lives to see another pitch. Teheran would go on to miss three straight times with fastballs, giving Schimpf first base and starting a two-run rally.

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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 (5-5) scored more runs than the Colorado Rockies (6-4) yesterday, 6-0, at Coors Field.

Zach Lee (1-0, 0.00) started in place of Luis Perdomo (0-0, 8.44), who was placed on the disabled list with shoulder issues. Lee shutout the Rockies over five and one-third innings on two hits and four walks with three strikeouts. Jose Torres, Ryan Buchter, Jake Esch, and Brandon Maurer combined over the final three and two-thirds innings to finish the shutout on one hit (Buchter) and two walks (Esch) with four more strikeouts.

Kyle Freeland (1-1, 5.91) gave up all six runs on eight hits and three walks while striking out two. Wil Myers drove in Manuel Margot with a double in the first inning, then scored on Yangervis Solarte‘s single, and Ryan Schimpf hit a two-run home run. In the fifth inning, Hunter Renfroe singled to score Myers and Schimpf drove in Solarte with a sacrifice fly.

The Padres travel to Atlanta for the opening of SunTrust Park to take on the Atlanta Braves (1-6) for four games starting tomorrow at 4:35pm PDT. Jhoulys Chacin (1-1, 8.10) takes the mound tomorrow with Julio Teheran (0-0, 0.00) starting for the Braves.

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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 (4-4) scored more runs than the Colorado Rockies (5-3) at Coors Field, 5-3, as Wil Myers hit for the second cycle in Padres history.

Jarred Cosart (0-0, 3.86) threw 70 pitches in four innings as he started the game in place of Trevor Cahill, who was placed on the disabled list Sunday evening. Cosart gave up five hits and a walk while striking out two and not allowing a run. DJ LeMahieu hit a solo home run off of Jose Torres in the sixth inning. And Mark Reynolds hit a two-run home run with Gerardo Parra on base off of Brandon Maurer in the ninth inning.

Tyler Chatwood (0-2, 6.35) allowed four runs on seven hits and three walks with seven strikeouts in five and a third innings. Myers hit a single in first inning, an RBI double to drive in Manuel Margot in the second inning, a solo home run to lead off the sixth inning, and tripled to complete the cycle in the eighth inning, scoring on a Yangervis Solarte sacrifice fly. Hunter Renfroe hit a two-run home run in the sixth with Ryan Schimpf on base.

Tonight, Jered Weaver (0-1, 7.20) gets the start against Antonio Senzatela (0-0, 0.00) at Coors Field starting at 5:40pm PDT.

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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 (1-1) scored more runs than the Los Angeles Dodgers (1-1) last night, 4-0, at Dodger Stadium.

Clayton Richard (1-0, 0.00) shutout the Dodgers over eight innings, striking out five and giving up five hits and two walks. Brad Hand pitched a perfect ninth inning to finish the game.

Kenta Maeda (0-1, 5.40) gave up three runs on six hits and two walk while striking out four. Yangervis Solarte drove in two runs, the first on a first inning single to score Travis Jankowski and the second on a solo home run with one out in the third inning. Wil Myers was involved with the other two runs, scoring on a Ryan Schimpf sacrifice fly in the the first inning and driving in Manuel Margot in the eighth inning on a single.

Trevor Cahill (0-0) makes his Padres debut tonight against Rich Hill (0-0) at Dodger Stadium with first pitch scheduled for 7:10pm PDT.

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