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 (50-62) scored more runs than the Cincinnati Reds (46-67) in the second of four games at Great American Ballpark, 7-3, last night.

Luis Perdomo (6-6, 4.81) gave up two runs on seven hits and four walks with seven strikeouts in six-plus innings. Tucker Barnhart hit a three-run home run off Jose Torres in the seventh inning.

Sal Romano (2-4, 5.35) allowed five runs in six innings on nine hits and two walks while striking out two. Carlos Asuaje came home on Yangervis Solarte‘s groundout and a wild pitch to Wil Myers allowed Jose Pirela to score in the first inning. Cory Spangenberg scored on Dusty Coleman‘s sacrifice fly in the second inning. In the fifth inning, Pirela scored on a Myers’ sacrifice fly. Austin Hedges led off the sixth inning with a home run. Solarte hit a two-run home run in the seventh inning.

Travis Wood (2-3, 6.49) gets the start in the third game against Asher Wojciechowski (2-1, 4.15) beginning this evening at 4:10pm PDT.
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Hey, the Hangover is back too. 

The last time we talked about Carter Capps it was back in June, and Capps had just finished a showdown with an umpiring crew in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

After missing all of 2016 due to Tommy John surgery, Capps spent the first few months of this season in the minors, mostly in Triple-A El Paso, with good but not great results. In 27 2/3 innings, he struck out 30, walked 11, and allowed just one home run. Over his final 9 2/3 innings on his extended rehab, he struck out 15 and walked just one, showing the Padres that he was ready for another test.

Last night, in Cincinnati, Capps made his return to a big-league mound. There were, as you might expect, some positives and negatives.

Positive No. 1: His velocity was down, but not way down.

According to Brooks Baseball, Capps’ four-seamer averaged 93.3 mph last night, but he pumped one in there at 96 and a couple of others at 95-plus. Back in 2015, the peak Capps experience, he was averaging 98-plus, and that doesn’t include the extra perceived speed his delivery adds. So the velocity is clearly down, but it’s still just his first appearance on a big-league mound in two years. The positive here is that he was able to get it up to 96, which maybe indicates that he’ll be up to 95-plus on the reg by the time this season’s over.

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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 (49-62) scored fewer runs than the Cincinnati Reds (46-66), 11-3, in the first game of a four-game series at Great American Ballpark last night.

Jhoulys Chacin (11-8, 4.15) gave up five runs on five hits and three walks with five strikeouts in six innings. Billy Hamilton led off the game with a triple and scored on Joey Votto‘s single in the first inning. Votto hit a two-run home run in the third inning. In the sixth inning Adam Duvall hit a two-run home run. Zack Cozart added another two-run home run in the seventh inning. In the eighth inning Patrick Kivlehan hit a grand slam home run.

Tim Adleman (5-9, 5.35) allowed two runs on six hits and a walk in four and two-thirds inning with four strikeouts. Jose Pirela was the Padres offense, hitting two home runs: a two-run shot in the fourth inning and a solo in the eighth inning.

Luis Perdomo (5-6, 4.92) starts tonight’s second game against Sal Romano (2-3, 4.88) with first pitch scheduled for 4:05pm PDT.
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Earlier this season, I defended Dinelson Lamet‘s changeup, noting that its early effectiveness was better than advertised. While the pitch didn’t have the traditional speed differential from the fastball that you’re looking for, Lamet was locating it well, and he had used it to induce plenty of whiffs, including a couple from lefty masher Michael Conforto.

As the season has progressed, a couple of things have become more clear. Lamet’s changeup has indeed revealed itself to be a work in progress; the speed differential isn’t there, but neither is the downhill, fading movement that accompanies most good changes. Further, the command that Lamet showed in his first few starts—dotting the pitch where he wanted it—has predictably ebbed and flowed, and a changeup high in the zone at 92 mph plays like a beach volleyball to any big-league hitter.

Rather than continuing to tinker with a subpar pitch at the big-league level, Lamet smushed his changeup into a discarded bottle and sent it down the San Diego River.

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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 (49-61) scored fewer runs than the Pittsburgh Pirates (54-57) in twelve innings yesterday at PNC Park, 5-4.

Clayton Richard (5-12, 5.17) allowed four runs — all unearned — in six innings on five hits and a walk with five strikeouts. In the third inning, Andrew McCutchen singled to score Chris Stewart and Jose Osuna hit a bases-loaded double to drive in Starling Marte, McCutchen, and David Freese. Sean Rodriguez led off the twelfth inning with a game-winning home run off Buddy Baumann.

Jameson Taillon (6-5, 4.60) gave up two runs on two hits and two walks while striking out eight in six and a third innings. Cory Spangenberg singled to drive in Manuel Margot and, after a single by Wil Myers, Taillon threw a wild pitch to Hunter Renfroe that brought Spangenberg home in the first inning. Margot hit a two-run single in the ninth inning to drive in Renfroe and Matt Szczur.

The Padres begin a four-game series against the Cincinnati Reds (45-66) at Great American Ballpark tonight at 4:10pm PDT. Jhoulys Chacin (11-7, 3.99) starts the first game against Tim Adleman (5-9, 5.42).
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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 (49-60) scored more runs than the Pittsburgh Pirates (53-57) last night at PNC Park, 5-2.

Dinelson Lamet (6-4, 5.12) shutout the Pirates on one hit and three walks with five strikeouts in five and two-thirds innings. In the seventh inning, Josh Harrison led off with a home run and Adam Frazier‘s bases-loaded single drove in Francisco Cervelli.

Gerrit Cole (9-8, 4.00) gave up three runs on eight hits and two walks in six innings while striking out five. Wil Myers‘ RBI double in the third inning drove in Cory Spangenberg. Myers hit a two-run home run in the fifth inning. Dusty Coleman hit a two-run home run in the eighth inning.

Clayton Richard (5-12, 5.40) starts today’s series finale against Jameson Taillon (6-5, 4.74) with first pitch scheduled for 10:35am 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 (48-60) scored fewer runs than the Pittsburgh Pirates (53-56) last night, 10-6, in the first of three games at PNC Park. The start of the game was delayed for two hours and five minutes because of weather.

Travis Wood (1-3, 6.49) allowed four runs on six hits and two walks over five innings with five strikeouts. Ivan Nova hit a sacrifice bunt that Austin Hedges threw away to allow Francisco Cervelli to score and Josh Harrison singled to drive in Jordy Mercer in the fifth inning. David Freese led off the sixth inning with a home run and Jose Osuna scored on an Adam Frazier single. In the seventh inning, a three-run home run by Gregory Polanco, a Frazier sacrifice fly, and a two-run single by Harrison put the final nails in the Padres coffin.

Nova (10-8, 3.75) gave up four runs (one earned) in six innings on four hits and two walks while striking out five. In the fifth inning, Wood reached on an error that allowed Hedges to score and Carlos Asuaje hit a two-run home run (that actually hit a fan at the fence in the crotch). Yangervis Solarte hit a leadoff home run in the sixth inning. Manuel Margot hit a solo home run and Cory Spangenberg drew a bases loaded walk to score Asuaje in the seventh inning.

Dinelson Lamet (5-4, 5.62) starts tonight against Gerrit Cole (9-7, 3.97) beginning at 4:05pm PDT.
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This is a good question, but it feels like a trap. There are like a million potential answers, but none of them jump right out. It feels like one of the countless recently signed/acquired international players is going to be the answer, but I’ll take a stab with Luis Campusano. Although he’s by no means a good defensive catcher yet, he at least has a shot to stick at the position, being just 18 and with enough tools to learn the trade. So far he’s already cracked three homers with nine walks in 12 games in the AZL, which doesn’t mean much, of course, but doesn’t hurt either. The power is the carrying tool here, and he might have enough of it to make him interesting even if he doesn’t turn into a good defensive backstop (or stick at the position altogether).

Yikes, that’s really close. It’s close enough where I’ll lean Luis Urias, just because he’s a position player. The concern there is probably just the ceiling, with the size and lack of punch potentially limiting the upside. But the dude makes enough good contact to hit .300-plus every year, he’s always young for his leagues, and he’s working on his fourth straight season of more walks than strikeouts. I’m interested to see what it looks like at the big-league level.

I know Quantrill got roughed up in the Futures Game, but I thought he looked pretty good. Those are good hitters he was facing, for one, but he was also hitting like 95 and I thought the change looked solid. Overall, his performance has been kind of uneven, but shoot, he’s averaging nearly a strikeout an inning with solid peripherals across the board, and he’s already reached Double-A. Not sure there’s obvious ace potential here, but there usually isn’t. Everyone needs solid mid-rotation guys.

But, yeah, gimme Urias by a nose.

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what's brewing on the padres farm system

Michel Baez, RHP, Single-A Fort Wayne

I’ve been trying to work Baez into the lyrics of Jimmy Dean’s “Big Bad John for the better part of a month, but two things: 1) I’m not Geoff Young and 2) it’s not easy to compare the story of a pitcher from Cuba to that of a coal miner from Louisiana.

Point is, Baez is big—he stands 6-foot-8 and weighs 225—and he’s bad, and you get the sense that his sole purpose on the mound is to find new ways to embarrass Midwest League hitters. Heading into his sixth start of the year on Monday, Baez had already transformed himself from unheralded international signing to bonafide prospect. Over his first four starts in the Midwest League he pitched 23 innings while allowing just two runs, with 33 strikeouts, three walks, and 17 spoken words to teammates.

On Monday, Baez upped the ante by striking out 14 and walking none in a 6 2/3 innings masterpiece against the Dayton Dragons, a team that demoted itself to the Pioneer League five minutes after the game ended to avoid a potential rematch. Somewhere, a wise prospect sage is hollering TINSTAAPP, warning us never to get too excited about a pitching prospect with six professional starts. I’ll wait until Baez gives up three runs in an outing before tempering my expectations.

/Big bad Baez. (Sac Bunt Dustin)

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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 (48-59) scored fewer runs than the Minnesota Twins (51-54), 5-2 yesterday afternoon at Petco Park.

Luis Perdomo (5-6, 4.92) gave up five runs on seven hits and two walks with four strikeouts in six innings. In the second inning, Ervin Santana hit a two-run single to drive in Miguel Sano & Jorge Polanco and Eduardo Escobar drove in Jason Castro & Santana. Sano added the fifth run with a leadoff solo home run in the sixth inning.

Santana (11-7, 3.37) went the distance, allowing two runs on four hits and a walk while striking out nine in a complete game. In the fourth inning, Cory Spangenberg had the first Padres hit of the game and Jose Pirela hit a two-run home run.

The Padres travel to Heinz Field to start a three game series against the Pittsburgh Pirates (52-56) tomorrow evening at 4:05pm PDT. Travis Wood (1-3, 6.42) starts the first game against Ivan Nova (10-8, 3.75).
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