Sometimes things can get a little fuzzy after an evening at the pub, especially when you get invited to watch the game in the Fox Sports San Diego suite with free .394 Pale Ale and Sculpin. Here’s a friendly reminder of what you may have missed while you were drinking.

The Padres (8-10) scored more runs than the Miami Marlins (8-8), 5-3, last night in the first of three games at Petco Park.

Trevor Cahill (1-2, 3.44) gave up one run on three hits and a walk in seven innings, while striking out six. Marcell Ozuna hit a solo home run in the second inning. Giancarlo Stanton‘s two-run home run in the ninth inning accounted for the Marlins’ other two runs.

Adam Conley (1-1, 3.00) pitched six innings, surrendering a run on six hits and two walks with five strikeouts. Manuel Margot tripled to leadoff the game and scored on Erick Aybar‘s sacrifice fly. The Padres loaded the bases in the seventh inning on three straight singles by Luis Sardinas, Margot, and Aybar. Wil Myers hit into a double play, but Sardinas scored. David Phelps intentionally walked Yangervis Solarte and Austin Hedges hit a three-run home run off the facade of the third deck of the Western Metal Building.

Tonight Jered Weaver (0-1, 4.24) gets the start versus Dan Straily (1-1, 4.61) with first pitch scheduled for 5:40pm PDT.

Read More…

I didn’t get a chance to catch any of yesterday’s game in real time, so last night I queued up MLB.tv’s condensed game feature instead. Here are some random observations from 16 minutes and 25 seconds of footage.

The first inning

The opening action of the condensed game is Bartolo Colon striking out Travis Jankowski on an 0-2 fastball, which leads us to two points . . .

. . . Holy cow, Bartolo Colon is almost 44 years old. The funny thing is, Colon isn’t just a novelty act. He’s led the league in walk rate for two years running, he strikes out six guys per nine, and he’s posted an ERA+ of 105 since he turned 40. Colon, in his forties, is the very definition of a league-average innings eater (no, he does not actually eat the innings).

He also does it almost exclusively with the fastball. According to Brooks Baseball, 72 of his 85 pitches yesterday were either two- or four-seam fastballs, with 10 sliders and three changeups mixed in for good measure. That’s Colon’s MO, as he throws some version of the heater 80-plus percent of the time.

This pitch to Jankowski is like the perfect two-strike fastball, off the plate outside but enticing enough to induce a halfhearted hack. It’s a purpose pitch, with the purpose of getting someone out.

Read More…

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 (5-8) scored fewer runs than the Atlanta Braves (5-6), 9-2, yesterday at SunTrust Park.

Trevor Cahill (0-2, 4.76) pitched five and two-thirds innings, giving up four runs on four hits and three walk while striking out eight. Adonis Garcia scored on Tyler Flowers‘ single in the fifth inning. In the sixth inning, a single by Brandon Phillips drove in Ender Inciarte and Freddie Freeman. After Miguel Diaz balked in a run in the seventh inning, Inciarte hit a solo home run. In the eight inning, Freeman scored on a Nick Markakis double, Markakis scored on a Phillips single, and Phillips scored on Johan Carmago’s single.

Bartolo Colon (1-1, 4.24) gave up one run on one hit and a walk with six strikeouts in seven innings. Ryan Schimpf was the Padres’ offense, hitting a solo home run in the second inning and scoring on a passed ball on a walk to Erick Aybar in the eighth inning.

The Padres will attempt to avoid the four-game sweep in tonight’s series finale. Jered Weaver (0-1, 4.91) will take the mound against Jaime Garcia (0-1, 5.73) starting at 4:35pm PDT.

Read More…

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 (4-4) scored more runs than the Colorado Rockies (5-3) at Coors Field, 5-3, as Wil Myers hit for the second cycle in Padres history.

Jarred Cosart (0-0, 3.86) threw 70 pitches in four innings as he started the game in place of Trevor Cahill, who was placed on the disabled list Sunday evening. Cosart gave up five hits and a walk while striking out two and not allowing a run. DJ LeMahieu hit a solo home run off of Jose Torres in the sixth inning. And Mark Reynolds hit a two-run home run with Gerardo Parra on base off of Brandon Maurer in the ninth inning.

Tyler Chatwood (0-2, 6.35) allowed four runs on seven hits and three walks with seven strikeouts in five and a third innings. Myers hit a single in first inning, an RBI double to drive in Manuel Margot in the second inning, a solo home run to lead off the sixth inning, and tripled to complete the cycle in the eighth inning, scoring on a Yangervis Solarte sacrifice fly. Hunter Renfroe hit a two-run home run in the sixth with Ryan Schimpf on base.

Tonight, Jered Weaver (0-1, 7.20) gets the start against Antonio Senzatela (0-0, 0.00) at Coors Field starting at 5:40pm PDT.

Read More…

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 (1-2) scored fewer runs than the Los Angeles Dodgers (2-1) last night at Dodger Stadium, 3-1.

Trevor Cahill (0-1, 3.18) pitched five and two-thirds innings, giving up three runs (two earned) on five hits and three walks with seven strikeouts. In the first inning, Adrian Gonzalez‘s ground-rule double scored Corey Seager and Logan Forsythe reached on a fielding error by Wil Myers, allowing Gonzalez to cross the plate. Yasiel Puig hit a solo home run in the fourth inning.

Rich Hill (1-0, 1.80) surrendered one run on two hits and three walks in five innings, striking out five. The lone run came on Hunter Renfroe‘s first home run of the season, a solo shot in the fourth inning.

This afternoon’s series finale at Dodger Stadium has Jered Weaver (0-0) making his Padres debut against Brandon McCarthy (0-0). First pitch is set for 12:10pm PDT.

Read More…

Saturday was the annual Padres FanFest. Originally, I was going to write a recap of my day. But I was so bored there I didn’t even bother taking any notes and only took a couple of photos. I’ll let Ryan sum up the rest of my feelings on the last few FanFests:

Now that we have that (not unexpected) disappointment out of the way, I ended up going to Bub’s at the Ballpark with your good friend and mine, Nathan Zack. The plan was to meet Dave and Laura Perek there, which has become sort of an annual tradition for Nathan whenever he’s in town. I had never met Dave or Laura before, even though we’ve followed each other on Twitter for years, so I was excited to finally get to do that.

Over the course of the two hours we spent at Bub’s, I was introduced to a little game the three of them play amongst themselves where they make predictions about the upcoming season. I was intrigued, to say the least, so I joined them for this year’s edition.

What follows is all of our selections for this game. We don’t know how it’s going to end yet, but I’m pretty sure I nailed every category. I’ve put my selections in bold.

There are no stakes. There is no prize. It’s all for fun.

So, relax, let’s have some fun out here! This game’s fun, OK?

Read More…

Sometimes things get a little fuzzy after spending an afternoon in the pub.  A nice, cool, air-conditioned pub.  So here’s a friendly reminder of what you might have missed while you were drinking.

The Padres (68-80) lost the game and the series to the Arizona Diamondbacks (61-88) yesterday by a score of 8-6.  Odrisamer Despaigne (3-7, 3.63) pitched five and two-thirds innings, giving up five runs (three earned) on six hits and three walks with two strikeouts.  All five runs came in the Diamondbacks’ third inning, topped off by Despaigne not covering the plate as Miguel Montero slid home.

Trevor Cahill (3-11, 5.38) lasted just four innings, despite having seven strikeouts.  The Friars managed to score four runs off of Cahill though, two of which came in the fourth on a groundout by Cory Spangenberg and a wild pitch to Yangervis Solarte, who then ended the inning on a strikeout.

The Padres managed to score two more in the ninth inning on an Adam Moore double and an Alexi Amarista groundout, but that was it.

The Philadelphia Phillies come to San Diego for four games at Petco Park to begin the last Padres homestand of the season.  Andrew Cashner (3-7, 2.40) faces Jerome Williams (3-1, 3.44) tonight at 7:10 pm PDT.

Read More…

Sometimes things get a little fuzzy after a Labor Day afternoon hanging out at the beach, sneaking swigs of alcoholic beverages from 2-liter soda bottles in an attempt to get around the law.  Allegedly.  So here’s a friendly reminder of what you might have missed while you were drinking.

The Padres (65-71) defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks (57-80) 3-1 yesterday.  September callup Cory Spangenberg made his Major League debut with a start at third base, going 1-for-4 with two RBI on his lone hit in the fifth inning, which proved to be the difference in the game.  And, especially considering he’s only been playing third base for about a week in the minors, he made two excellent defensive plays.

Tyson Ross (13-12, 2.60) pitched six innings with one earned run on six hits, two walks, and eight strikeouts.  The D-Backs’ Trevor Cahill (3-10, 5.06) only lasted four-plus innings, giving up all three runs on five hits and six walks with five strikeouts.

Alexi Amarista had the other Padres RBI on a single in the fourth inning.  Kevin Quackenbush struck out the side in the ninth inning for his second save.

Tonight the Friars send Odrisamer Despaigne (3-5, 3.24) to the hill against the D-Backs’ Wade Miley (7-10 4.30) at 7:10 pm PDT.

Read More…