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

San Diego (65-72) put the finishing touches on a dismal series, losing 5-1 to Los Angeles (78-58) and dropping 3 of the four games.  Realistically they needed to sweep the Dodgers to have any hope for the playoffs over the next 3 weeks.  Instead they find themselves tied for fourth in the NL West, 13.5 games off the pace.  Brett Anderson (9-8) worked 5 2/3 for the win.  Andrew Cashner (5-14) took the loss.  Much like Friday night, the Padres were done in by one disastrous inning; this time, it was the seventh.

The Dodgers struck first, without benefit of a hit.  Two walks and a hit batter loaded the bases, and Andre Ethier drove in the first run with a sac fly to left.  Jedd Gyorko‘s 401’ blast to left-center in the third tied the game at one, and it stayed that way until the sixth.  Justin Turner doubled with one out, didn’t move to third on Ethier’s weak single, went to third anyway on Corey Seager‘s deep fly to center, and scored on AJ Ellis‘ sinking line drive single to left that Justin Upton juuuust missed snaring.

The Padres threatened in the bottom half.  Derek Norris walked, and Wil Myers singled with two out.  JP Howell relieved Anderson, and Melvin Upton JR was summoned to pinch-hit for Cory Spangenberg.  Upton’s hard ground ball caromed off Seager, but right to Jimmy Rollins, who threw him out to end the threat.

Then came the seventh.  With two out and Rollins on first, consecutive singles by Adrian Gonzalez and Turner loaded the bases.  Nick Vincent came on to relieve Marcos Mateo.  He enticed Ethier to ground weakly up the first base line, picked it up …

… then shot-putted it down the right-field line.  All 3 runs scored.  And that was pretty much that.

Monday the Padres host Colorado.  Ian Kennedy (8-12, 3.88) will face Kyle Kendrick (4-12, 6.29).

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Things are often fuzzy after a night at the pub.  Or Beerfest.  Or after watching High School football in San Diego County.  Here’s a friendly reminder of what you may have missed while you were drinking.

Powered by 4 home runs – three in a disastrous sixth inning – San Diego (65-70) lost to Los Angeles (76-58), 8-4, in front of a smaller than expected crowd of 33,025.  The loss added another nail to San Diego’s playoff coffin, although Baseball Prospectus already puts their playoff odds at 0%Mike Bolsinger (6-3) survived five innings for the win.  Marcos Mateo (1-1) was the tough-luck loser.

This game was memorable for tying the Petco Park record for most home runs in a game, with eight (last time it happened – 4 Sept 2013, against San Francisco).  In fact, in a statistical anomaly, San Diego managed only 4 hits – but 3 left the ballpark.  Starter James Shields started the barrage when he grooved a 1-1 pitch to Carl Crawford.  Carl said ‘thankyouverymuch’ by depositing it 454′ away (by StatCast) in the right-center field seats.  Not to be out-done, following a leadoff walk to Yangervis Solarte and a called strike 2 which was questionable, Matt Kemp drove a ball 418′ to dead center, and the Padres led a 2-1 after one.

But last night was all about giving, mostly by the Padres pitching staff.  Shields left another pitch over the heart of the plate (albeit low) and gave up Scott Schebler‘s first career HR, a towering 443’ drive to right-center, tying the game at 2 in the second inning.  In the third, recently-promoted-to-SS Jedd Gyorko drove a Bolsinger pitch to deep left-center, where it appeared to hit off the top of the wall for a double.  Replay conclusively proved it had cleared the wall and been knocked back into the field of play by a fan; the umpires took a look and agreed.  Home Run Gyorko. 3-2 Padres.

San Diego would have only one other batter reach base until the eighth.

Meanwhile the Dodgers tied the game in the fifth.  A double by Jimmy Rollins, followed by 2 walks, loaded the bases with one out (Shields would walk 6 in his five innings).  Rookie Corey Seager then hit a slow roller to first.  Will Myers – making his first appareance since June 4 – tried to turn two and went to second.  But the ball was hit too slowly and only the one out recorded, allowing Rollins to score and tie the game.

Don Mattingly came out to argue Gyorko was nowhere near second base (he wasn’t) and that Chase Utley should be safe.  That call is not reviewable when the runner is bearing down on the bag; unlike, apparently, Thursday’s game when a Padre runner was called safe because Utley didn’t have his foot on second base.  Pat Murphy then came out to argue Utley’s attempted take-out slide at second was nowhere near the bag (IT WASN’T), and that Seager should be called out on interference.  That call is not reviewable either (yeah I got nuthin’).  At any rate we left the fifth tied at 3.

Then the wheels came off.  Shields left, having thrown 107 pitches to get through five.  Mateo came in, blew down Schebler and walked the Shell of Joc Pederson.  Donny Baseball sent Andre Ethier to the plate to hit for Bolsinger.  Murphy countered with Marc Rzepczynski.  Mattingly pulled Ethier in favor of Justin Ruggiano, who hit a 1-0 pitch into the vacant space beyond the center field wall. 5-3.  After Rollins singled and Crawford struck out, Adrian Gonzalez hit a 0-2 pitch 390′ to left-center for another HR.  Murphy threw his Scrabble tiles into the dugout and summoned Jon Edwards.  Utley greeted Edwards with a home run to right, closing out the scoring for LA.

The Padres showed a little life when super pinch-hitter Brett Wallace homered to center, and Solarte followed that with a single.  But Chris Hatcher enticed Gyorko to ground into a 6-4-3 DP and the Padres never threatened again.

Besides the 8 HR, San Diego pitchers never retired the Dodgers in order.  Maybe that will change tonight when Tyson Ross (10-9, 3.27) faces Alex Wood (9-9, 3.67).

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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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Sometimes, things get a little fuzzy on your day of rest.  Here’s a friendly reminder of what you may have missed while you were drinking.

The Philadelphia Phillies (45-67) completed the sweep of San Diego (52-60), 5-3, before 24,156 fans on a lovely Sunday afternoon.  Jerome Williams – who entered the game with an overall ERA over 6 and a road ERA over 8 – allowed one run on five hits over 7 innings.  Like yesterday’s game, the Padres trailed 1-0 after four hitters.  Andrew Cashner pitched reasonably well, allowing 8 hits and striking out four over his 6 and 2/3 innings, but was victimized by a lack of offense and a leaky bullpen.

Highlights of the game included Justin Upton‘s 421’ bomb in the sixth to get San Diego on the board; Alexi Amarista‘s ‘Husband and Wife’ (volleyball term) double in the eighth; Cody Asche robbing Derek Norris of a HR in the seventh; and an excellent snare of a line drive by the LF ball girl.

The Padres have now lost six in a row, and probably seen any hope of making the playoffs extinguished.

Monday the Cincinnati Reds come to town for three games.  Ian Kennedy (6-10, 4.49) will face David Holmberg (1-0, 3.27) in the opener.

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Sometimes, things get a little fuzzy after a night at the pub.  Here’s a friendly reminder of what you may have missed While You Were Drinking.

The San Diego Padres feted Benito Santiago and Garry Templeton before Saturday’s game, inducting both into the Padres Hall of Fame.  They each spoke from the heart, thanking the organization, their families, and the fans for their support while they played here.

The ceremony meant the game started 20 min late.  Whether or not the delay caused Tyson Ross (8-9) to lose the feel of his slider at first pitch only he knows, but he came out flat in the first inning.  It seems to me Ross usually struggles with slider command the first inning or two, but what do I know.  Tyson allowed two early runs and the Padres (52-59) never recovered, losing 4-2 to the Philadelphia Phillies (44-67) in front of an announced sellout crowd of 44,567.

Funny thing – Ted Leitner talked about catcher Santiago throwing runners out from his knees during his playing career, and described one such instance against former St Louis Cardinals speedster Vince Coleman.  Those of you too young to have seen Coleman play before he got run over by a tarp caught a glimpse of how fast he was watching Odubel Herrera circle the bases.  After singling to drive in Chase Utley with the Phillies first run, Herrera stole second.  Then he took third while Clint Barmes‘ throw was on the way to first to retire Maikel Franco.  Finally Herrera scored on a wild pitch from Ross.  In the third he singled and stole second again.  Derek Norris finally cut him down when he tried to steal with two out in the eighth.

Philly starter Adam Morgan (3-3) retired the first 9 Padres he faced, but ran into trouble in the fourth.  Consecutive singles by Yangervis Solarte and Norris put runners at the corners with no one out. Matt Kemp singled in Solarte; when Herrera bobbled the ball in center, Norris tried for third.  He was out by 10 feet.  That cost the Padres a run, for Justin Upton followed with a walk and Jedd Gyorko flied out to the wall in CF.

It remained 3-1 until the sixth.  Upton singled and took second when Cody Asche bobbled the ball.  Gyorko singled off Chase Utley’s glove, driving in Upton.  The Padres threatened again in the seventh; Barmes singled, and Melvin Upton Jr. followed with a bunt single.  He was trying to sacrifice, but the throw hit him in the butt.  He may have been out of the baseline; that play is not reviewable (!).  Ross, left in to bunt because the Padres had only a 4-man bench (per Pat Murphy post-game comments), popped the bunt up to third.  Solarte flied out and Norris grounded out to kill the rally.

Philadelphia pushed an insurance run across in the eighth thanks to consecutive extra base hits from Utley (double) and Cesar Hernandez (triple).

Sunday Jerome Williams (3-8, 6.09) faces Andrew Cashner (4-11, 4.08) as the Padres look to break their 5-game losing streak and avoid being swept.

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

The Padres (52-58) lost to the Phillies (43-67) last night, 4-3 in 12 innings, in front of 31,344 fans, as San Diego kicked off a 6-game home stand by losing their fourth in a row.  James Shields threw 6 2/3 innings, striking out 8, but could not hold the 3-0 lead his teammates gave him via an RBI single by Derek Norris and a 2-run triple by Justin Upton.  Philadelphia starter Aaron Nola went 6 innings, allowing only the 3 runs while striking out six, and was rescued from a loss thanks to solo home runs by Ryan Howard, Domonic Brown, and Cody Asche.

The game stayed 3-3 until the 12th inning.  Then Kevin Quackenbush grooved a 3-2 fastball to Cameron Rupp, who deposited it 410′ away over the CF wall. The Padres threatened in the bottom half.  Singles from Matt Kemp and Yonder Alonso sandwiched the second out, to put two on. But Ken Giles struck out Jedd Gyorko to earn his fourth save.  Hector Neris was awarded the win after an inning of shutout relief.

Tonight Adam Morgan (2-3, 4.46) will face Tyson Ross (8-8, 3.37).  Garry Templeton and Benito Santiago will be inducted into the Padres Hall of Fame as well.

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Sometimes, things can get a little hazy after you’ve attended a fireworks show.  Here’s a friendly reminder of what you may have missed while you were drinking.

The San Diego Padres (13-12) returned to the land of winning records, besting Colorado (11-12) 4-2 in front of 28,058 people who decided not to spend $90 to watch some boxing match.  Brandon Morrow (2-0) pitched six strong innings, backed by two shutout innings from Brandon Maurer and one from Craig Kimbrel.  Kimbrel earned his seventh save of the year.

Jorge De La Rosa (0-2) pitched better than he did against the Padres in Denver, but still took the loss after allowing 3 ER in 5 innings.

San Diego goes for the sweep tomorrow when James Shields (2-0, 2.90, 3.27 FIP) matches up with Kyle Kendrick (1-3, 8.36, 6.99 FIP).

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Sometimes, things get a little fuzzy after a night at the pub; especially when the game lasts over 3 hours.  Here’s a friendly reminder of what you may have missed while you were drinking.

The Houston Astros came to town for the first time since July 2012.  To give you an idea of how long ago that was, Edinson Volquez won 1-0; not only that, he threw a 1-hitter.  Those were the days, my friend.  Tonight’s game was nothing like that.  Houston prevailed in the opener 9-4.  Pat Neshek got the win.  Joaquin Benoit got the loss, a just result since he faced four batters in the eighth and didn’t get anybody out.

Tyson Ross (1-1, 3.97 ERA, 3.85 FIP) will square off against Roberto Hernandez (aka Fausto Carmona) (0-2, 3.57 ERA, 4.41 FIP) Tuesday night.

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Sometimes things get a little fuzzy while coping with a losing streak.  Here’s a friendly reminder of what you might have missed while you were drinking.

Mired in a four game losing streak, the Padres looked for encouragement.  Perhaps they found some from a large contingent of United States Marines.  More likely they trusted in the right arm of Brendan Morrow (1-0, 2.67).  Behind seven innings of 5-hit ball, San Diego ended their skid, defeating Scott Baker (0-1, 3.86) and the Los Angeles Dodgers (11-7) 3-1.  Coupled with a Rockies loss, the Padres moved back into a tie for second in the NL West.

San Diego (11-9) will continue the home stand tomorrow when they welcome in the Houston Astros (11-7) for a 3-game set.  You might not have noticed, because they’ve been horrible for years, but Houston currently leads the AL West.  James Shields (2-0, 3.24 ERA, 3.47 FIP) will square off against Collin McHugh (3-0, 2.41 ERA, 1.74 FIP)

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Sometimes things get a little fuzzy after a night at the pub.  Especially when some Rugby Knockoff League opens their season 30 min before first pitch.  Here’s a brief summary of what you may have missed, while you were drinking, trying to find the one TV in the room with the baseball game on.

The Padres (66-73) dropped the last of a four-game series to Arizona (59-81) 5-1 in front of 16,025 attentive fans.  Although they won the first two games of the series, San Diego managed one run over the last 18 innings and split with the Snakes.  With the win, Arizona clinched the season series.  That’s always fun, when you lose the season series to the team with the second-worst record in the NL.

Randall Delgado and Will Harris combined to throttle the Padres, allowing only 2 hits over the first seven innings.  Ian Kennedy allowed 3 consecutive hits to start the second inning, and all three runners scored.  Corey Spangenberg’s throwing error moved some runners along but based on how the inning played out, they would have scored anyway.  Kennedy worked into the sixth, allowing 4 runs total.

The Padres had a look at this game in the eighth, when they loaded the bases with nobody out against Matt Stites.  Sadly, former Padre Oliver Perez came on and struck out the side, although he did throw a wild pitch accounting for San Diego’s only run.

After the game the Diamondbacks fired gave Kevin Towers his unconditional release.  Perhaps, as Dave and Jeff stated this morning, being mindful of Kevin having a home in SD they just wanted to save him the airfare.  “Have an Intern pack his office and mail it to him“.

San Diego heads to Colorado for a weekend tussle with the Rockies.  Eric Stults seeks to avoid tying Kevin Correia for the ML lead in losses when he squares off against Tyler Matzek.


Randall Delgado pitches well in return as starter to down Padres – Nick Piecoro (AZ Republic)

D-Backs beat Padres behind Delgado’s strong effort – Steve Gilbert (MLBAM)

Again, old friends harass Kennedy – Jeff Sanders (SDUT)

Kennedy, Padres sunk by Arizona’s early runs – Scott Miller (Special to MLBAM)

No Diamondback GM did more damage than Kevin Towers – Dan Bickley (AZ Republic)