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 (54-66) scored more runs than the Philadelphia Phillies (43-75), 3-0, at Petco Park yesterday to complete a three-game sweep.

Clayton Richard (6-12, 4.84) pitched a shutout on three hits and a walk with six strikeouts in a complete game. No one from the Phillies got farther than second base.

Nick Pivetta (4-8, 6.25) allowed three runs on five hits and three walks while striking out eleven over five innings. Wil Myers singled Carlos Asuaje in, stole second base, then stole third base, and came home on a double steal with Austin Hedges in the fourth inning. In the sixth inning, Hunter Renfroe doubled to drive in Cory Spangenberg.

The Washington Nationals (71-47) head to Petco Park for four games beginning tonight at 7:10pm PDT. Jhoulys Chacin (11-8, 4.06) starts tonight against Edwin Jackson (3-2, 3.86).
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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 (53-66) scored more runs than the Philadelphia Phillies (43-74) at Petco Park last night, 8-4, in the second of three games.

Dinelson Lamet (7-4, 4.78) allowed two runs on three hit and a walk with seven strikeouts in seven innings. Jorge Alfaro hit a two-run home run in the fifth inning, his first Major League home run. Rhys Hoskins hit a two-run home run in the ninth inning.

Mark Leiter (1-3, 4.38) gave up eight runs (four earned) in five innings on seven hit and three walks while striking out one. Yangervis Solarte‘s double drove in Carlos Asuaje and Cory Spangenberg doubled to score Solarte and Wil Myers in the first inning. Spangenberg led off the fourth inning with a home run. Spangenberg ground into a fielder’s choice in the fifth inning to drive in Asuaje, Solarte came in to score on a throwing error on Spangenberg’s steal of second base, and Hector Sanchez hit a two-run home run.

Clayton Richard (5-12, 5.14) starts this afternoon’s series finale against Nick Pivetta (4-7, 6.29) beginning at 12:40pm 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 (52-66) scored more runs than the Philadelphia Phillies (43-73) last night, 7-4, in the first of three games at Petco Park.

Travis Wood (2-4, 6.46) allowed two runs on six hits and two walks in five innings with three strikeouts. Odubel Herrera singled to drive in Cesar Hernandez but the third inning was ended by a great throw and tag, relay, and throw by Manuel Margot, Carlos Asuaje, and Austin Hedges to get Freddy Galvis at home. Rhys Hoskins hit a solo home run — his first as a Major Leaguer — in the fourth inning. Hernandez reached on a fielding error and Tommy Joseph came home in the sixth inning. Hoskins hit his second home run in the seventh inning.

Jerad Eickhoff (3-7, 4.33) gave up two runs (one earned) in five innings on five hits and three walks while striking out five. An Hedges sacrifice fly in the second inning drove in Wil Myers. Cory Spangenberg scored when Margot reached base on a throwing error in the fourth inning. In the sixth inning, Spangenberg scored on a Hedges single, Hedges took second base on the throw, Matt Szczur scored on Asuaje’s sacrifice fly, and Jose Pirela singled to drive in Hedges and Margot. Spangenberg led off the seventh inning with solo home run.

Dinelson Lamet (6-4, 5.00) gets the start in tonight’s second game of the series against Mark Leiter (1-2, 4.08) with first pitch set for 7:10pm PDT.
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Sometimes things can get a little fuzzy after a Sunday afternoon at the pub. Here’s a friendly reminder of what you may have missed while you were drinking.

The Padres (51-66) scored fewer runs than the Los Angeles Dodgers (83-34) yesterday, 6-4, in the finale of three games at Dodger Stadium.

Luis Perdomo (6-7, 4.95) gave up five runs on four hits and a walk in six innings while striking out one. Justin Turner hit a three-run home run and Yasmani Grandal hit a two-run home run in the fourth inning. Turner hit a solo home run off Jose Valdez in the eighth inning.

Kenta Maeda (11-4, 3.76) allowed four runs (three earned) over five and a third innings on four hits and a walk with eight strikeouts. Cory Spangenberg hit a solo home run and Jose Pirela scored on a Wil Myers sacrifice fly in the first inning. Spangenberg hit a two-run home run in the sixth inning.

The Padres head home to face the Philadelphia Phillies (43-72) for three games beginning tonight at 7:10pm PDT. Travis Wood (2-4, 6.71) starts tonight against Jerad Eickhoff (3-7, 4.45).
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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 (51-65) scored fewer runs than the Los Angeles Dodgers (82-34), 6-3, last night at Dodger Stadium.

Jhoulys Chacin (11-8, 4.06) gave up one run on four hits and four walks while striking out three in five innings. Chris Taylor scored on a Justin Turner sacrifice fly in the first inning. Corey Seager‘s bases-loaded single in the sixth inning scored Yasmani Grandal, Chase Utley, and Yasiel Puig. Cody Bellinger hit a solo home run to lead off the seventh inning. Taylor hit a solo home run in the eighth inning.

Hyun-Jin Ryu (4-6, 3.63) allowed three runs in five innings on seven hits and two walks with five strikeouts. Jose Pirela scored on a double by Hunter Renfroe in the third inning. Chacin singled in the fourth inning to drive in Yangervis Solarte. Wil Myers hit a solo home run in the fifth inning.

Luis Perdomo (6-6, 4.81) starts this afternoon’s series finale against Kenta Maeda (10-4, 3.69). First pitch is set for 1:10pm 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 (51-64) scored more runs than the Los Angeles Dodgers (81-34) last night, 4-3, in the first of three games at Dodger Stadium.

Clayton Richard (5-12, 5.14) allowed three runs on eight hits and four walks while striking out five in six innings. In the first inning, Justin Turner scored on a Cody Bellinger single but Bellinger was thrown out trying to take second base. Bellinger had another RBI single in the third inning to drive in Chris Taylor. Bellinger scored in the fifth inning on a double by Austin Barnes.

Rich Hill (8-4, 3.44) gave up two runs in six innings on five hits and three walks with nine strikeouts. Manuel Margot hit a solo home run and Carlos Asuaje scored on Cory Spangenberg‘s single in the third inning. Margot hit another solo home run in seventh inning. Jose Pirela led off the eighth inning with a home run.

Hill was grazed in the neck by a pitch while attempting a bunt in the fourth inning, but stayed in the game.

Jhoulys Chacin (11-8, 4.15) gets the start in tonight’s second game of the series against Hyun-Jin Ryu (4-6, 3.53) with first pitch set for 6:10pm PDT.
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Another Friday, another twitter mailbag.

Here’s how I’d rank the priorities of Andy Green this season, particularly for the last couple of months.

  1. Develop young players
  2. Develop older players/maximize their future trade value
  3. Keep good clubhouse moral and all that jazz
  4. Read at least one good book a week
  5. Go all-out to win games

On a contending team, those five things might be reversed (toss the books), but the Padres are 50-64, and they’re in no position to make any kind of run toward even the periphery of the playoff race. They’re not a winning team, and we essentially knew they weren’t going to be a winning team all season. They shouldn’t treat games the same way a winning team treats games.

Yesterday, in the seventh inning of a one-run game in Cincinnati, Green violated the hierarchy of priorities, putting no. 5 over no. 2 while brushing up against the warm fuzzies of no. 3 in the process, likely ticking off Kirby Yates. With runners on first and second, one out, and Joey Votto at the plate (in a 2-2 count!), Green yanked Yates for All-Star Brad Hand.

So, just to be clear here, Green brought Hand, an important future trade candidate, into a game in the middle of an at-bat against one of the best hitters in baseball to try to protect a one-run lead against direct tank competition.

What’s wrong with that move?

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

The Padres (50-64) scored fewer runs than the Cincinnati Reds (48-67) yesterday, 10-3, in the finale of four games at Great American Ballpark.

Dinelson Lamet (6-4, 5.12) gave up two runs on three hits and three walks in five innings with five strikeouts. Tucker Barnhart hit a two-run double in the second inning. In the seventh inning, with one out, Kirby Yates walked a batter, hit the next one, and went to two balls & two strikes against Joey Votto before Brad Hand was brought in. Hand walked Votto to load the bases and one out later Scooter Gennett hit a grand slam and Eugenio Suarez hit a solo home run back-to-back. In the eighth inning, Zack Cozart hit a two-run home run and Votto hit a solo home run back-to-back off Phil Maton.

Luis Castillo (2-5, 3.64) allowed three runs on six hits and three walks with four strikeouts in six innings. Wil Myers hit a solo home run in the fourth inning. In the fifth inning, Cory Spangenberg‘s double drove in Luis Torrens and Jose Pirela singled to drive in Spangenberg.

The Padres head to Dodger Stadium for three games against the Los Angeles Dodgers (80-33) beginning tonight at 7:10pm PDT. Clayton Richard (5-12, 5.17) gets the start tonight against Rich Hill (8-4, 3.47).
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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 (50-63) scored fewer runs than the Cincinnati Reds (47-67), 8-3, in the third of four games at Great American Ballpark last night.

Travis Wood (2-4, 6.71) gave up six runs (five earned) on seven hits and four walks while striking out seven in five innings. In the first inning, a bases-loaded single by Jose Peraza scored Joey Votto and Adam Duvall. Eugenio Suarez hit a two-run home run in the third inning. Stuart Turner hit a two-run home run in the fifth inning. In the sixth inning, Billy Hamilton scored on a Votto fielder’s choice and Votto came home on a Peraza single.

Asher Wojciechowski (3-1, 4.23) allowed three runs on seven hits and no walks in five and two-thirds innings with six strikeouts. Manuel Margot hit a solo home run to lead off the sixth inning and Wil Myers hit a two-run home run.

Dinelson Lamet (6-4, 5.12) starts the series finale today against Luis Castillo (2-5, 3.64) beginning at 9:35am PDT.
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When the Padres acquired Pedro Avila from the Nationals last December, he was just an ordinary prospect—or at least he was supposed to be one. You can’t expect to get a good prospect for Derek Norris, not after Norris put up a .222/.283/.370 slash line in two seasons in San Diego, bottoming out in 2016.

Since coming over to the Padres, however, Avila’s quietly been distancing himself from ordinary prospect territory, as Ryan Luz documented recently over at Padres Prospectus. He’s back at Single-A currently, after some moderate struggles with Lake Elsinore earlier this year, but he’s still struck out 28 percent and allowed just 0.4 HR/9 on the season, rosy numbers for a 20-year-old no matter the level.

Then, last night happened. Avila gathered his favorite loud noise instruments—his vuvuzelas and his fog horns and his trumpets—and ensured himself a little attention in a farm system packed with attention-hogging prospects. Facing the Great Lakes Loons, in front of 3,018 patrons at a place called Dow Diamond in Midland, Michigan, Avila struck out 17 and walked none in eight innings.

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