The Edinson Volquez era finally ended on Tuesday, when the Padres released the erratic right-hander three days after designating him for assignment. A lot went wrong during his nearly two seasons in San Diego after coming over from the Reds as part of the package for Mat Latos. Pitching coach Darren Balsley noted that Volquez overthrew in games, which “led to mechanical breakdowns,” which led to disastrous results.

He had his moments, such as the near no-hitter in 2012 and, well, that’s about it. Bryant investigated Volquez’s “quest for control” back in March and called the pitcher an “infuriating combination of top-level talent with lackluster results.” As Padres Trail more recently put it, “So long and thanks for all the walks.”

Volquez tied for the MLB lead in walks in his first season with the Padres. This year he cut his walk rate from 5.2 to 4.4 and compensated by increasing his hit rate from 7.9 to 10.6. Oh, he found the plate all right. He led MLB in runs allowed at the time of his release, which is no small achievement given his home venue. Read More…

Last night Eric Stults hit a three-run homer to give the Padres an early lead.  The lead didn’t last, as seemingly per usual, but the Padres did rally to win, which is not been the norm in 2013 and was a welcome change.  Stults’ HR prompted a question – when was the last time a San Diego pitcher hit a 3-run jack?  Thank goodness for Baseball Reference.  Prior to Stults’ epic blast, five Padre pitchers had knocked in three with one swing.  Two had ties to last night.

  • Sean Bergman vs Reds, 6-12-96, third inning.  This gave the Padres a 3-2 lead in a game they’d eventually lose 9-4.
  • Calvin Schiraldi at Dodgers, 9-23-89, fourth inning.  He hit this one off Fernando Valenzuela.  Schiraldi, better known for his Game 6 pitching while with the Red Sox three years before, toiled for the Padres in 1990 as well before being released just prior to the start of the 1991 season.

Schiraldi got the win, Bergman did not figure in the decision.  Bryce Florie took the loss in 1996.  Rest of the list after the jump.

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