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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Will Venable was a lot like that old reclining chair in the corner of your living room, the one your wife finally put out on the curb one day while you were engulfed by a Baseball Reference wormhole. Venable was familiar, reliable, and often effective, but at 32 years old and in the last year of his contract, he was a few model years past his prime. Now he’s in Texas, joining a Rangers team that’s in the midst of a surprising playoff run, bolstering a struggling group of outfielders that includes Delino DeShields Jr., Shin-Soo Choo, Josh Hamilton, and Ryan Strausborger.

In Venable’s place sits a shiny new electrically-powered pleather monstrosity named Travis Jankowski, expected to be called up today from Triple-A El Paso. Jankowski started his professional career slowly — he hit just .286/.356/.355 as a 22-year-old in the Cal League in 2013, then lost most of 2014 to injuries. He’s having a breakout season this year, however, as he’s OPSed .838 between Double-A and Triple-A, showing improved plate discipline with his usual display of foot speed. Hey, maybe this new contraption ain’t so bad.

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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 (57-62) scored more runs than the Atlanta Braves (53-65) last night in the first of three games, 5-3. Jedd Gyorko started at shortstop for the first time since 2010 at West Virginia University.

Colin Rea (2-0, 4.22) got his second win after pitching five and two-thirds innings, allowing just two runs on five hits and a walk with four strikeouts. Former Padre Cameron Maybin hit a solo home run to lead off the fourth inning. Maybin later scored another run in the sixth inning on a single from A.J. Pierzynski. In the ninth inning, a single off Craig Kimbrel by another former Padre, Jace Peterson, drove in Nick Markakis for the Braves’ final run.

Williams Perez (4-4, 4.34) pitched six and a third innings, giving up four runs on seven hits and four walks with two strikeouts. In the second inning, Justin Upton and Yonder Alonso reached on a single and a ground-rule double, respectively. Derek Norris drove in Upton with a single, then reached second on a wild pitch to Will Venable. Venable then singled to right field scoring Alonso and Norris, who hustled and barely beat the throw home. Matt Kemp hit a solo home run with one out in the fifth inning. Alonso added a solo shot with two outs in the eighth inning.

Tonight, James Shields (8-5, 3.89) gets the start in the second game with former Padre Matt Wisler (5-2, 4.74) getting the start for the Braves. First pitch is set for 7:10pm PDT.

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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 the weekend on pain meds after a minor medical procedure. Here’s a friendly reminder of what you might have missed while you were drinking. And I was in a Norco haze.

The Padres (53-60) scored more runs than the Cincinnati Reds (49-61) last night, 2-1, in the first of three games at Petco Park.

Ian Kennedy (7-10, 4.37) allowed just the one Cincinnati run in five innings on Jay Bruce‘s solo home run, the 200th home run of his career, to lead off the second inning. Kennedy surrendered two hits and six walks with four strikeouts. Interim manager Pat Murphy was ejected in the fourth inning for arguing balls and strikes.

David Holmberg (1-1, 3.06) gave up both Padres’ runs over six and two-thirds innings on six hits and three walks with five strikeouts. Justin Upton hit a two-run home run, his 20th of 2015, with Matt Kemp on first base and no outs in the fourth inning.

Tonight, Colin Rea makes his Major League debut in a Padres’ uniform as he gets the start versus Michael Lorenzen (3-7, 4.84) at 7:10pm 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 might have missed while you were drinking.

The Padres (52-56) scored fewer runs than the Milwaukee Brewers (46-63) in the third of four games at Miller Park, 8-5, last night.

Ian Kennedy (6-10, 4.49) had trouble right at the start, giving up four runs in the first inning, but settled down and shut the Brewers down, allowing seven hits and no walks with seven strikeouts. In that first inning, Jonathan Lucroy hit a two-run home run with no outs. After Ryan Braun flied out, Adam Lind singled, Khris Davis hit a ground-rule double, and Shane Peterson tripled to knock in the other two runs. Marcos Mateo relieved Kennedy to start the eighth inning, and proceeded to pour gasoline on Kennedy’s performance. Mateo gave up the other four runs (three earned) on four hits and a walk in that inning.

Taylor Jungmann (6-3, 2.26) gave up two runs on six hits and no walks with eight strikeouts in seven innings. In the first, a sacrifice fly by Matt Kemp scored Alexi Amarista. In the seventh inning, Yonder Alonso scored on a Will Venable single. In the ninth inning, the Padres had a mini-rally going after an RBI double by Venable scored Justin Upton and Brett Wallace homered to right field. But it wasn’t enough.

 

Today at 11:10am PDT, the Friars will try to leave Milwaukee with a split series. Odrisamer Despaigne (5-7, 4.75) gets the call against Matt Garza (5-12, 5.17).

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Sometimes things get a little fuzzy after spending an evening at the Tilted Kilt Downtown for the Fox Sports San Diego viewing party, sponsored in part by Montalvo Tequila, who kept handing out free shots of their product. Here’s what you might have missed while I was — I mean — you were drinking.

The Padres (50-53) scored more runs than the Miami Marlins (42-61), 8-3 in 11 innings, in the first of three games at Marlins Park.

Ian Kennedy (6-9, 4.44) pitched seven innings and allowed just two runs on four hits and two walk with five strikeouts, but did not get the win. Craig Kimbrel blew the save with two outs in the ninth inning by giving up a solo home run to Derek Dietrich to tie the game up at 3. Kennedy’s two runs came on a two-run home run by Christian Yelich in the first inning. Kennedy was originally scratched to allow him to fly back to San Diego to witness the birth of his new daughter, but weather forced him to cancel those plans and he came back to start the game.

David Phelps (4-7, 3.93) also came away with a no-decision, pitching five innings and allowing three runs on seven hits and one walk with two strikeouts. Kennedy scored on a Yangervis Solarte single in the third inning for the Padres’ first run. In the fourth inning, a Jedd Gyorko single scored Yonder Alonso and a sacrifice fly from Alexi Amarista allowed Derek Norris to score.

Flash forward to the eleventh inning, when back-to-back bases-loaded walks to Alonso and Norris scored two runs. A single from Gyorko scored Justin Upton and Alonso. Will Venable then singled to bring Norris across the plate again.

Tonight has Odrisamer Despaigne (4-7, 4.76) scheduled to start against Jose Urena (1-4, 4.04) at 4:10pm PDT in the second game at Marlins Park.

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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 (48-53) scored more runs than the New York Mets (52-49), 7-3, at Citi Field.

Tyson Ross (7-8, 3.38) gave up just one run on two hits and four walks with five strikeouts in five innings. Lucas Duda was the entire Mets’ offense, hitting three solo home runs; the first off Ross to lead off the second inning, the second off Kevin Quackenbush with two outs in the sixth innings, and the last off Marcos Mateo to lead off the ninth inning.

Bartolo Colon (9-10, 4.96) only lasted two and a third innings, surrendering six runs on ten hits and no walks with one strikeout. After surrendering two Padres’ runs in both the first and second innings, back-to-back home runs by Justin Upton and Yonder Alonso to start the third inning — followed by a single from Jedd Gyorko, a line out by Alexi Amarista, and a single by Austin Hedges — ended Colon’s night.

Today’s series finale at Citi Field pits Andrew Cashner (4-10, 3.93) against Jon Niese (5-9, 3.75) at 9:10am PDT for some Breakfasttown baseball.

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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 a Sunday afternoon at the pub. Here’s a friendly reminder of what you might have missed while you were drinking.

The Padres (47-52) scored more runs than the Miami Marlins (40-58) yesterday afternoon, 3-2, to take three of their four games at Petco Park.

Odrisamer Despaigne (4-7, 4.76) allowed just one run on two hits and two walks with three strikeouts in six innings. An Ichiro Suzuki sacrifice fly scored J.T. Realmuto in the fifth inning. The other Marlins’ run came in the seventh inning, when Realmuto hit a one-out solo home run off Brandon Maurer. Joaquin Benoit pitched a perfect eighth inning and Craig Kimbrel shut the Marlins down in the ninth inning for his 29th save.

Mat Latos (4-7, 4.48) pitched six innings, allowing all three Padres’ runs on six hits, no walks, and five strikeouts. Justin Upton led off the second inning with his 16th home run of the season. After a Yonder Alonso single, a Derek Norris strikeout, and a Jedd Gyorko single, Alexi Amarista‘s sacrifice fly scored the second run of the game and the inning. In the sixth inning, Matt Kemp ground into a fielder’s choice that scored Will Venable, who reached base on a leadoff double and took third on a Yangervis Solarte sacrifice bunt.

The Friars are off today as they travel to New York for a three-game series with the Mets (51-48) at Citi Field. James Shields (8-3, 3.77) gets the start versus Noah Syndergaard (4-5, 2.97) tomorrow at 4:10pm PDT.

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