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

The Padres (64-68) scored fewer runs than the Texas Rangers (69-62) last night at Petco Park, 8-4, in a game that saw Matt Kemp come up a triple short of a cycle, three Padres’ players injured, and a straight-up steal of home plate.

Andrew Cashner (5-13, 4.15) pitched five innings, giving up four runs on eight hits and no walks with four strikeouts. In the first inning, Prince Fielder hit a two-run home run. Shin-Soo Choo hit an RBI double in the third inning. Yonder Alonso left the game with lower back tightness after that inning. An Elvis Andrus sacrifice fly in the sixth inning added another run. In the seventh inning, Andrus singled with the bases loaded to score three runs. Derek Norris was injured when his arm was caught in the wrong position on Adrian Beltre‘s slide. After Norris was removed, pitcher Shawn Kelley threw one warmup pitch to Austin Hedges and walked off the mound, removing himself after feeling tightness in his forearm. After Kevin Quackenbush came in and faced Will Venable at the plate, Andrus stole home.

Yovani Gallardo (11-9, 3.27) allowed four runs on six hits and one walk with two strikeouts over five innings. A Kemp double in the third inning scored Yangervis Solarte and Brett Wallace. In the fifth inning, Kemp hit a two-run home run. Jedd Gyorko‘s RBI single and Hedges sacrifice fly scored two more in the ninth inning.

The series wraps up tonight at 7:10pm PDT with Ian Kennedy (8-12, 3.94) taking on Cole Hamels (2-1, 3.89).

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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 may have missed while you were drinking.

The Padres (62-64) scored more runs than the Washington Nationals (63-62) last night, 6-5, at Nationals Park.

Tyson Ross (9-9, 3.42) gave up four runs in six innings on six hit and two walks with nine strikeouts. In the fourth inning, Bryce Harper drew a walk, advance to second base on a groundout, stole third base, and scored when Ryan Zimmerman ground out. Zimmerman’s sacrifice fly in the sixth inning scored Anthony Rendon. In the seventh inning, Ross hit pinch-hitter Clint Robinson with a pitch then gave up a double to Denard Span. Shawn Kelley came in to pitch and walked Jayson Werth to load the bases and then walked Rendon to score Robinson. Marc Rzepczynski was then brought in to pitch to Harper, who singled to score Span and Werth. Yunel Escobar then ground into a double play to end the Nationals’ threat.

Gio Gonzalez (9-7, 4.11) lasted just four and two-thirds innings, surrendering five runs (four earned) on seven hits, two walks, and six strikeouts. Matt Kemp and Justin Upton combined to drive in four runs in the third inning; two on Kemp’s double and the other two from Upton’s home run. In the fourth inning, Austin Hedges crossed the plate on a Yangervis Solarte sacrifice fly. Upton hit a solo home run off Doug Fister in the seventh inning.

Tonight, Andrew Cashner (5-12, 4.03) gets the start in the series finale against former Padres’ prospect Joe Ross (4-5, 3.56) at 4:05pm PDT.

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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 may have missed while you were drinking.

The Padres (61-62) scored more runs than the St Louis Cardinals (77-45) last night in the second game of three at Petco Park, 8-0.

Ian Kennedy (8-11, 4.01) pitched six shutout innings, allowing seven hits and a walk with a season high ten strikeouts. In the seventh inning. Brandon Moss doubled and Tommy Pham singled off Kennedy to get Moss to third. Shawn Kelley, Marc Rzepczynski, and Bud Norris each faced and struck out one batter in relief of Kennedy.

Carlos Martinez (12-6, 2.85) kept it a close game, allowing just one run through the first six innings. Derek Norris led off the fourth inning with a triple, Cory Spangenberg reached on an infield single, Kennedy laid down a sacrifice bunt to get Spangenberg to second base, and Travis Jankowski hit into an RBI groundout to bring Norris home.

The seventh inning was a nightmare for the Cardinals. Alexi Amarista led off with a pinch-hit single, Jankowski bunted for a single, then Yangervis Solarte sacrifice bunted the runners over. Randy Choate relieved Martinez and proceeded to walk Yonder Alonso to load the bases. Seth Maness then came in to pitch and gave up a two-run single to Matt Kemp. Then a two-run double to Justin Upton. After getting Jedd Gyorko to ground out, Derek Norris reached on an error. Clint Barmes then doubled to drive in Upton and Amarista came up again and singled to score Norris. Maness was replaced by Tyler Lyons and Jankowski singled to drive in Barmes.

And now I need a break from typing.

This afternoon, Colin Rea (2-0, 4.22) takes the mound against Michael Wacha (14-4, 2.85) with first pitch scheduled for 1:10pm PDT.

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Sometimes you just can’t get out of work; or your office doesn’t allow radios and isn’t equipped with Cable TV.  Here’s a friendly reminder of what you probably missed while you were working.

San Diego (59-62) completed their second three-game sweep of the season, defeating Atlanta (53-67) 3-2 in front of 20,732 fans.  Shawn Kelley (2-2) was assigned the win after throwing a scoreless seventh inning.  Matt Marksberry, who right-handed hitters feast on (.385 AVG before play started today), surrendered 2 runs in the seventh and took the loss.  Craig Kimbrel worked a clean ninth for his 35th save; no batted ball made it past the infield grass.

This game started ominously for the Padres.  Tyson Ross came out dealing (good), striking out the first two hitters and working around a pair of two-out singles.  Julio Teheran came out scuffling (good?), running the count full to 3 of the first 4 hitters and loading the bases with one out.  With his pitch count climbing (he would eventually throw 36 in the first inning), Jedd Gyorko hit a 1-0 pitch to shallow RF, not deep enough to score the run.  Melvin Upton Jr.then rolled into a fielder’s choice, ending the threat.  Usually when you let a pitcher off the ropes, bad things happen.

Teheran tried to make that a truism, retiring 11 of the next 12 hitters.  The lone Padre to reach (Yangervis Solarte) was doubled off first on Matt Kemp‘s lineout to third.  Meanwhile, the Braves pushed across a run in the third thanks to two walks and a single from Nick Markakis.  It could have been far worse, except with Cameron Maybin hitting Michael Bourn broke for second, changed his mind, and was picked off by Austin Hedges trying to get back to first.  Thanks to that defensive play the Braves only scored the one run.

The Padres finally broke through against Teheran when Solarte led off the inning with a 372′ HR to right.  Once Teheran left the game, San Diego continued to punish the Braves bullpen.  They forged ahead when Hedges’ one-out double scored Upton Jr in the seventh.  Hedges came around to score on Solarte’s double.  Atlanta got one back, as Markakis’ double in the eighth rattled around the LF corner, allowing Maybin to score from first, but would get no closer.

The Padres are off today and start a 3-game set with St Louis Friday. John Lackey (10-7, 2.87) will face Andrew Cashner (4-12, 4.20).  Before Friday’s game Wine Fest will be held at the ol’ ballyard.

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I was so busy researching stuff this week that I forgot to read things, so you’re getting facts today instead of links. It’s the same, only different.

Justin Upton Has Forgotten How to Hit Lefties

Upton is having a strange season. Beyond the fact that his home/road splits are all wrong (951 OPS, 15 homers at home; 626 OPS, five homers on the road), he’s getting destroyed by southpaws. This hasn’t happened to him in the past:

Year PA BA OBP SLG HR BB K
2013 164 .268 .427 .567 10 36 36
2014 139 .286 .384 .597 11 19 42
2015 85 .177 .226 .266 2 5 28

Small sample or not, those are numbers that would make Clint Barmes and Will Middlebrooks blush. Then again, the team as a whole isn’t hitting lefties, which makes earlier complaints about a lineup stacked with right-handed hitters seem quaint now.

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

The Padres (54-61) scored fewer runs than the Cincinnati Reds (50-62), 7-3, in the series finale yesterday afternoon at Petco Park.

James Shields (8-5, 3.89) had a rough first inning as Billy Hamilton led off the game with a single, Eugenio Suarez was hit by a pitch, and Hamilton then scored on a Joey Votto single. After striking out Todd Frazier, a Jay Bruce triple cleared the bases and made it 3-0 before anyone knew what was going on. In the third inning, Shields balked in Votto from third base while facing Bruce. In the seventh inning, Shields loaded the bases with one out and was pulled for Shawn Kelley. Frazier then hit a sacrifice fly to score Brandon Phillips. Shields ended his day after six and one-third innings, allowing five runs on six hits and four walks with seven strikeouts. Frank Garces gave up a two-run home run to Votto in the ninth inning.

Raisel Iglesias (3-4, 4.70) pitched six innings, with three runs on three hits, a walk, and eight strikeouts. In the Padres’ first, Yangervis Solarte was hit by a pitch, Yonder Alonso singled, and Matt Kemp hit a three-run home run to left field with no outs. That was all the Padres could manage.

The Friars travel to Denver for three games against the Colorado Rockies starting tomorrow at 5:40pm PDT. Tyson Ross (8-9, 3.39) gets the first start versus Yohan Flande (2-1, 3.86).

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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 (47-53) scored fewer runs than the New York Mets (52-48) at Citi Field in the first of three games, 4-0.

The Mets’ Noah Syndergaard (5-5, 2.70) was perfect through the first six innings until Will Venable led off the seventh inning with a single and Yangervis Solarte reached on an error by Ruben Tejada. Matt Kemp struck out and Justin Upton hit into an inning-ending double play. Yonder Alonso led off the eighth inning with a double, but Derek Norris, Jedd Gyorko, and Alexi Amarista left him standing at second base to end the inning. With Tyler Clippard pitching, Abraham Almonte led off the ninth inning with a double as well, but Venable, Solarte, and Kemp left him stranded.

James Shields (8-4, 3.77) only made one mistake, and it resulted in a two-run home run for Lucas Duda in the first inning. Shields was pulled after Juan Lagares led off the Mets’ eighth inning with a double. Curtis Granderson then hit a 1-1 pitch from Shawn Kelley into the upper deck in right field.

Tonight, Tyson Ross (6-8, 3.45) is scheduled to take on Bartolo Colon (9-9, 4.60) at 4:10pm PDT in game two of the series from Citi Field.

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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 (39-49) scored fewer runs than the Texas Rangers (42-44) at Globe Life Park in Arlington, TX, 4-3, to extend the Padres losing streak to six games.

Ian Kennedy (4-9, 4.91) lasted just four and a third innings, giving up all four Rangers’ run (three earned) on four hits and three walks with two strikeouts. Delino DeShields scored on a sacrifice fly from Prince Fielder (to 3B Will Middlebrooks. See first video below.) in the first inning to put the Rangers on the board first. In the third inning, Rougned Odor tripled to lead-off the inning and scored on a Carlos Corporan ground out to second base. Fielder and Adrian Beltre hit back-to-back solo home runs in the fourth inning with no outs to finish off the scoring for Texas. Dale Thayer, Odrisamer Despaigne, and Shawn Kelley pitched three and two-thirds innings of shutout relief for Kennedy.

Wandy Rodriguez (6-4, 4.07) pitched five and a third innings — giving up just one run on a lead-off home run from Melvin Upton Jr. in the sixth inning — on three hits and two walks with five strikeouts. In the eighth inning, Yonder Alonso walked, got to third base on a double by Matt Kemp, and scored on a sacrifice fly to left field by Justin Upton. Kemp then stole third base and scored on a throwing error.

Tonight’s game matches up James Shields (7-3, 3.88) against Colby Lewis (8-4, 4.83) at 6:05pm PDT in Arlington.

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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 (39-47) scored fewer runs than the Pittsburgh Pirates (49-34) at PNC Park last night, 3-2, after a one hour and 42 minute rain delay in the third inning.

Padres’ starter Tyson Ross (5-7, 3.56) didn’t return after the rain delay after pitching the first two innings with no runs, two hits, no walks, and a strikeout. Frank Garces pitched two innings of relief, giving up one run on three hits and a walk with two strikeouts. Marcos Mateo surrendered a run in one and two-thirds innings on two hits, a walk, and one strikeout. Shawn Kelley gave up one hit in one and a third innings with two strikeouts. And Joaquin Benoit got the loss, giving up one run on an RBI triple by Gregory Polanco in the eighth inning.

Francisco Liriano (5-6, 2.99) came back from the rain delay to give up two runs on four hits and a walk with six strikeouts over six innings. Matt Kemp doubled to drive in Derek Norris and Yonder Alonso in the third inning after play resumed.

The Padres try to avoid a sweep tonight as Andrew Cashner (3-9, 4.06) faces Charlie Morton (6-2, 4.30) at 4:05pm PDT.

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Sometimes things get a little fuzzy after an afternoon at Gameday Sports Bar & Grill at Sycuan Casino. Here’s a friendly reminder of what you might have missed while you were drinking.

The Padres (34-38) scored fewer runs than the Arizona Diamondbacks (34-34), 7-2, yesterday in the final game of three at Chase Field.

Andrew Cashner (2-9, 4.35) gave up seven runs (three earned) — all coming in the second inning — while pitching four innings with four hits, two walks, and five strikeouts. The second inning was a mess, and I don’t feel like typing all of that, so here’s a screenshot of what exactly happened via MLB.com:

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As you can see, it was ugly. On a positive note, Frank Garces, Shawn Kelley, and Joaquin Benoit combined to throw four perfect innings of relief. So they have that going for them. Which is nice.

Jeremy Hellickson (5-4, 4.94) gave up both Padres runs in six innings pitched on six hits, no walks, and seven strikeouts. Brett Wallace, pinch-hitting for Cashner in the fifth inning, hit an RBI double to score Will Venable. And, in the sixth inning, Yonder Alonso scored on a Matt Kemp sacrifice fly to right field.

The Padres have today off as they travel back to the Bay Area (Seriously. The schedule makers are idiots.) for three games against the San Francisco Giants (38-32) at AT&T Park. Odrisamer Despaigne (3-5, 4.92) gets the nod Tuesday night against Madison Bumgarner (7-4, 3.09) at 7:15pm PDT.

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