Sometimes things get a little fuzzy during an evening at the pub, soaking up all the hot Vedder Cup action. Here’s a friendly reminder of what you may have missed while you were drinking.

The Padres (21-34) scored fewer runs than the Seattle Mariners (31-22), 16-13, last night in the finale of the 2016 Vedder Cup at Petco Park.

Wade Miley (5-2, 5.85) gave up nine runs in four and two-thirds innings on twelve hits and two walks while striking out two. The Padres scored seven runs off Miley and reliever Mike Montgomery in the fifth inning. It looked like this:

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It wasn’t so painful to watch.

Colin Rea (3-2, 4.85) pitched five and a third innings, giving up six runs (five earned) on six hits and a walk with three strikeouts. But Rea did not figure in the decision after the Padres bullpen of Ryan Buchter, Brandon Maurer, and Matt Thornton combined to give up nine runs in the seventh inning. The Padres went from being in the lead by a score of 12-7 to being behind 16-12 after one inning. It looked like this:

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It was painful to watch.

The Colorado Rockies (24-29) come to Petco Park for three games starting tonight at 7:40pm PDT. Drew Pomeranz (4-5, 2.48) gets the start tonight against Chris Rusin (1-3, 4.79).

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Sometimes things get a little fuzzy during an evening at the pub, soaking up all the hot Vedder Cup action. Here’s a friendly reminder of what you may have missed while you were drinking.

The Padres (21-33) scored more runs than the Seattle Mariners (30-22). A lot more runs. Like 14-6. Like put a really bad beating on them. Like.

Christian Friedrich (2-1, 2.53) pitched five innings, giving up four runs (three earned) on nine hits and four walks while striking out four. Robinson Cano hit a three-run home run with no outs in the first inning to put the Mariners on the board first. Kyle Seager scored in the fifth inning on a Luis Sardinas‘ double play with runners on first and third base. A Seth Smith RBI double in the eighth scored Sardinas. In the ninth inning, Chris Iannetta‘s RBI double brought Seager around to score the Mariners’ sixth and final run.

Felix Hernandez (4-4, 2.86) James Paxton (0-1, 7.32) came up from AAA Tacoma to replace Hernandez, who was placed on the disabled list before the game. Paxton surrendered eight runs (three earned) on ten hits and a walk with seven strikeouts in three and two-thirds innings pitched. The Padres decimated the Mariners’ pitchers, hitting four home runs. A solo shot from Wil Myers and a two-run from Adam Rosales came in the first inning. And Alexei Ramirez added two two-run home runs himself, one in the fourth inning and the other in the sixth inning. Myers ended up with three RBI and Ramirez had five.

Colin Rea (3-2, 4.47) gets the start tonight against Wade Miley (5-2, 4.95) in the final game of this year’s Vedder Cup. First pitch is scheduled for 6:10pm PDT.

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Sometimes things get a little fuzzy during an afternoon at the pub, soaking up all the hot Vedder Cup action. Here’s a friendly reminder of what you may have missed while you were drinking.

The Padres (20-33) scored fewer runs than the Seattle Mariners (30-21). A lot fewer runs. Like 16-4. Like got beat really bad. Like.

James Shields (2-7, 4.28) lasted just two and two-thirds innings, giving up ten runs on eight hits and four walks with only one strikeout. Kyle Seager hit a three-run home run off Shields in the second inning and Seth Smith added another three-run shot off Shields in the third inning. Luis Perdomo relieved Shields and gave up a two-run home run to Franklin Gutierrez in the fourth inning, a solo home run to Smith in the fifth inning, and a three-run home run to Adam Lind, also in the fifth inning. That’s twelve runs just from home runs. I don’t even remember how they got the other four runs. Doesn’t matter anyway.

Of particular note, Christian Bethancourt played four positions, including pitching two-thirds of an inning in the eighth. Wil Myers moved from first base to left field and Derek Norris came into play first base, hitting in designated hitter Matt Kemp‘s spot. Alexi Amarista, who had come in for Alexei Ramirez in the sixth inning, finished up that inning, moving Adam Rosales to shortstop so Bethancourt could play second base. Rosales had replaced Yangervis Solarte at second base in the fifth inning. If you’re completely confused, join the club. I can’t make this stuff up, people.

Hisashi Iwakuma (4-4, 4.41) was perfect for the first four innings, until Solarte led off the fifth inning with a single. Iwakuma ended his day after seven innings pitched, giving up four runs on five hits and no walks with five strikeouts. Travis Jankowski hit a two-run home run and Matt Kemp followed up with a solo shot two outs later in the sixth inning. Hector Sanchez led off the seventh inning with a solo home run. That was all she wrote for the Padres.

Tonight, the series switches to Petco Park for two games starting at 7:10pm PDT. Christian Friedrich (1-1, 1.65) draws the short straw against Felix Hernandez (4-4, 2.86).

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Sometimes things get a little fuzzy during Memorial Day at the pub, soaking up all the hot Vedder Cup action. Here’s a friendly reminder of what you may have missed while you were drinking.

The Padres (20-32) scored fewer runs than the Seattle Mariners (29-21), 9-3, in the first of two at Safeco Field.

Andrew Cashner (2-4, 4.87) started out well, throwing four scoreless innings and only giving up one hit. Cashner got out of trouble unscathed in the fifth when Kyle Seager walked and Adam Lind singled to begin the inning. Then the sixth inning happened. Nori Aoki reached on catcher’s interference with one out and scored on a Seth Smith double. After Robinson Cano struck out, Smith scored on Nelson Cruz‘s double. Seager then hit a two-run home run to right field. Cashner’s day ended after six and a third innings, four runs (three earned) scored on six hits and a walk, while striking out three. In the eighth inning, Brandon Maurer walked Cano, who advanced on a double by Cruz. Maurer then walked Seager and Lind singled to score Cano and pinch-runner Luis Sardinas. Dae-ho Lee then hit a three-run home run.

Nate Karns (4-1, 3.53) pitched six and two-thirds innings, giving up two runs on eight hits and a walk with six strikeouts. Designated hitter Christian Bethancourt‘s RBI single in the second inning put the Padres ahead 1-0. In the sixth inning, a Brett Wallace RBI double gave the Friars their second run. And, in the ninth inning, Alexei Ramirez singled to score Derek Norris for the Padres final run.

James Shields (2-6, 3.06) gets the start this afternoon against Hisashi Iwakuma (3-4, 4.33). First pitch at Safeco Field is at 12:40pm PDT.

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Sometimes things get a little fuzzy after spending an afternoon in the Park At The Park listening to a DJ set by Lil Jon. Here’s a friendly reminder of what you might have missed while you were drinking.

The Padres (37-43) scored fewer runs than the Seattle Mariners (36-42) yesterday afternoon, 7-0, at Petco Park, dropping their third out of four games against the Mariners and giving Seattle possession of the Vedder Cup until at least next season.

The Padres offense once again sputtered behind a pretty good outing from James Shields (7-3, 4.14), who allowed two runs in five and two-thirds innings on four hits, four walks, and seven strikeouts. Robinson Cano hit a leadoff home run to left field in the sixth inning. And Cano knocked in the second run of the game with two outs in the seventh inning with a single to center field that scored Brad MillerDustin Ackley was then thrown out at home by Will Venable to end the inning.

The Mariners then scored another run in the eighth inning on an Austin Jackson sacrifice fly to bring Nelson Cruz in from third base. In the ninth inning, Mike Zunino scored on a Logan Morrison sacrifice fly, Cano then doubled to drive in Seth Smith, and Cruz hit his 20th home run to left field to plate the sixth and seventh Mariners’ runs.

Taijuan Walker (7-6, 4.34) allowed just one hit with seven strikeouts for the Mariners before he was pulled after the sixth inning due to an apparent injury.

The Padres travel to St Louis today to face the Cardinals () to start a ten-game road trip that leads into the All-Star break, mostly due to Comic-Con and all that comes with it. Which means there will not be a game at Petco for three weeks. Tyson Ross (5-7, 3.57) gets the call tonight at 4:15pm PDT at Busch Stadium against TBD, whom, one can only hope, is beatable.

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Sometimes things get a little fuzzy after spending an evening at the pub. Here’s a friendly reminder of what you might have missed while you were drinking.

The Padres (37-42) scored fewer runs than the Seattle Mariners (35-42) on Tuesday night, 5-0, at Petco Park.

Mike Montgomery (3-2, 1.62) threw a one-hit complete game, the only hit being a Yangervis Solarte one-out double in the seventh inning. Solarte never got to third. Montgomery walked four and struck out seven.

Ian Kennedy (4-7, 4.86) had that pesky one bad inning thing happen to him again, as the Mariners increased a 1-0 lead into a 4-0 lead with two outs in the fourth inning on an Austin Jackson two-RBI single and a two-run home run by Brad Miller. In the third inning, Kennedy had Mike Zunino hit a one out home run to put the Mariners on the board. Nelson Cruz scored on a errant throw by Clint Barmes on a potential double play in the ninth inning for the Mariners’ fifth run.

The finale of the season series is this afternoon at 12:40pm PDT. James Shields (7-2, 4.24) shoulders the massive responsibility of keeping the Vedder Cup in San Diego for another year as he goes up against Taijuan Walker (6-6, 4.64).

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Sometimes things get a little fuzzy after an evening in the pub throwing shade at those dirty, stinking Mariners. Here’s a friendly reminder of what you might have missed while you were drinking from the Vedder Cup.

The Padres (18-17) scored more runs than the Seattle Mariners (15-18) yesterday, 4-2, at Safeco Field to pull even in the 2015 Vedder Cup.

James Shields (5-0, 3.91) had a shutout through four and two-thirds innings, when Brad Miller hit a solo home run. Shields ended up pitching six innings with just the one run on six hits and three walks with nine strikeouts. Craig Kimbrel gave up the Mariners’ second run on a two-out RBI double by Miller to score Dustin Ackley in the ninth inning before striking out Robinson Cano to record his tenth save of the season.

Taijuan Walker (1-4, 7.22) pitched six innings, surrendering two runs on four hits and a walk with six strikeouts. Will Middlebrooks hit his fourth homer, a solo shot, in the third inning. Cory Spangenberg drove in Alexi Amarista with a sacrifice fly. Spangenberg then scored the fourth Padres’ run all on his own in the eighth inning, reaching base on a single, stealing second base and advancing to third on a throwing error by Mike Zunino, and then scoring on a wild pitch.

The Padres come home for four games against the Washington Nationals (19-16) starting tonight at 7:10pm PDT. Tyson Ross (1-3, 3.98) takes the hill against Doug Fister (2-1, 2.87).

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Sometimes things get a little fuzzy after an evening in the pub throwing shade at those dirty, stinking Mariners. Here’s a friendly reminder of what you might have missed while you were drinking from the Vedder Cup.

The Padres (17-17) scored fewer runs, 11-4, than the Seattle Mariners (15-17) yesterday at Safeco Field. And, quite frankly, it wasn’t even that close of a game. The Mariners tied a club Safeco Field record with six home runs in the game. Kyle Seager, Logan Morrison, Justin Ruggiano, and Nelson Cruz all had one home run. Mike Zunino had two in the game.

Ian Kennedy (2-2, 5.93) gave up four quick runs in the first inning, two of which came off Seager’s home run with two outs. In the third inning, Morrison’s home run put the Mariners up 5-0, and that would have been enough to win the game. Kennedy’s night was over after four and two-thirds innings after surrendering five runs on eight hits and three walks with five strikeouts.

James Paxton (1-2, 4.31) shut out the Padres over six innings, giving up three hits and five walks with five strikeouts. Danny Farquhar came in to start the seventh inning and gave up three runs (one earned) on one hit and two walks in just one-third of an inning.

This evening at 7:10pm PDT from Safeco Field, James Shields (4-0, 4.25) tries to stop the bleeding versus Taijuan Walker (1-3, 8.13).

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Ready for some hot #VedderCup action? Oh yeah, bring it.

Since I watch a fair number of Mariners games, I thought I’d share some observations with you in advance of tonight’s first pitch. Do with these what you will.

Offense

Nelson Cruz. Everything revolves around Cruz. He will swing through a lot of pitches, but he has good plate coverage and can hit the ball a very long way. Cruz is in constant attack mode. He also gets down the line quickly for a guy listed at 6’2”, 230 lbs. Good athlete.

After a miserable start (.149/.197/.194 in 71 PA), Logan Morrison has given the Mariners a second legitimate weapon. He uses all fields and, like Cruz, can hit the ball out of any park.

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Last summer when the Padres extended outfielder Seth Smith without a full-time general manager in place, I wrote:

The problem, like Dave Cameron said yesterday, is the opportunity cost. There are only so many roster spots and, more specifically, so many outfielders that can play in one game. Like Hundley, Smith might end up getting in the way of a youngster like Rymer Liriano or, soon enough, Hunter Renfroe. Smith seems more like a guy you want to bring in to a ready-to-contend situation as a, wait for it, … Final Piece. And the Padres probably aren’t there yet.

Who would have thought that, just six months later, Smith would be crowded out of the mix not by Liriano or Renfroe, but by a new outfield triumvirate consisting of Matt Kemp, Wil Myers, and Justin Upton. It only took one week for AJ Preller and the new Padres front office to turn Smith into an offensive cornerstone of the 2015 roster to an afterthought, and now they’ve moved him to Seattle for a 24-year-old right-handed pitcher named Brandon Maurer.

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