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 (47-57) scored more runs than the Pittsburgh Pirates (50-54) last night at Petco Park, 4-2.

Dinelson Lamet (5-4, 5.62) allowed two runs on two hits and two walks in six-plus innings while striking out seven. Andrew McCutchen scored on a single by David Freese and Josh Bell scored on a double-play groundout by Francisco Cervelli in the seventh inning.

Ivan Nova (10-8, 3.75) gave up four runs in five innings on eight hits and no walks with six strikeouts. In the first inning, Jose Pirela tripled to drive in Manuel Margot and then scored on Hector Sanchez‘ double. Hunter Renfroe‘s double in the fourth inning drove in Cory Spangenberg. Margot led off the fifth inning with a home run.

This afternoon’s series finale has Clayton Richard (5-11, 5.37) starting versus Gerrit Cole (8-7, 4.12) beginning at 1:40pm PDT.


Recaps

Suddenly-surging Padres trip PiratesAJ Cassavell and Adam Berry (MLB.com)

Padres back Dinelson Lamet in fourth consecutive victoryDennis Lin (The San Diego Union-Tribune)

Lamet sharp for Padres, who beat Pirates 4-2 – Bernie Wilson (The Associated Press)

Padres hammer Ivan Nova, Pirates lose fourth in a row – Bill Brink (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

MLB Box Score / Fangraphs


Photos

San Diego Padres’ Jose Pirela watches a third-inning triple against the Pittsburgh Pirates, his second of the night, during the third inning of a baseball game in San Diego, Saturday, July 29, 2017. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)

Pittsburgh Pirates catcher Francisco Cervelli, bottom, gets help from a trainer after a foul ball by San Diego Padres’ Cory Spangenberg struck him in the fourth inning of a baseball game in San Diego, Saturday, July 29, 2017. After a brief timeout, Cervelli resumed play. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)

San Diego Padres’ Cory Spangenberg, right, beats the throw to Pittsburgh Pirates catcher Francisco Cervelli to score on a double by Hunter Renfroe during the fourth inning of a baseball game in San Diego, Saturday, July 29, 2017. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)


Tweets


Videos

Pirela’s deep RBI triple

Sanchez’s RBI double

Pirela tears a hole in his pants

Padres fan’s unfortunate drop

Margot’s booming big fly


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  • ballybunion

    “Suddenly surging Padres”? Yes, they’ve won four straight, but seven of ten, and have a 32-27 record after their horrible 15-30 start, a better than .500 record for two months. That’s not a small sample size, that’s a third of the season.

    The reception Stammen got from his teammates after getting out of a jam a couple days ago, and the whole dugout emptying when Dodgers manager Dave Roberts shoved Andy Green is evidence this is a tight outfit that’s playing like a team.

    Why do people think it’s a “bad” team? Why do power rankers rate them 28th or 29th when they have a better record than six clubs, and they’re within three games of four other teams?

    • Because people (i.e., sportswriters) can’t get past their own biases. The Padres were supposed to be awful this year. Starting 15-30 confirmed that. Something extraordinary will have to happen to change their minds. 32-27 isn’t extraordinary enough.

    • I think you’re getting a little too worked up over a headline.

      • ballybunion

        If it were just one headline, even from the Padres’ beat writer for mlb.com, you would be right. But Jonah Keri said “bad team” and is still saying it (and rating the Padres 29th for SI), Scott Miller has said it recently on twitter. ESPN’s panel of experts has never put the Padres higher than 28th in their power rankings.

        Matt Snyder of CBS is softening a bit, and Dayn Perry, who predicted in March that the Padres would exceed their 1969 record of 110 losses, hasn’t had a Padres article in months. USA Today’s power rankings have never rated the Padres higher than 28th, and Tim Brown’s sporadic Yahoo power rankings still have the Padres at 29th. Call to the Pen/Fansided, and a slew of minor rankers all match the network guys. It’s like a few opinionmakers set the table and everyone follows.

        These guys are professional writers, but they’re following the leaders? A fan has a right to complain about warmed over group-think.

      • I was wrong. I think you’re getting a little too worked up over the word “bad.” Because, make no mistake, this is still a bad team. The worst? No. But still a very bad team.

      • ballybunion

        Now we’ve the nail on head. Your, and other writers’ definition of bad differs from mine. To me, a bad team is one with limited talent that loses games and will never get better.

        The Padres are loaded with talented players from a championship El Paso team, making a big jump to the majors, but more talented by far than any team the year after the veterans were sold off, and getting better before our eyes – and winning, modestly, but winning. The fly in the ointment is the makeshift veteran rotation on one year contracts. I’ll admit that’s bad, though Chacin is looking like a bargain for the role.

        But if you look at that and proclaim the whole team “bad”, or “very bad”, you’re missing that over half the core of the next contending team is already out there: Margot, Renfroe, Myers, and Hedges, with Asuaje, Spangenberg, and Pirela likely to also be part of that next winning team, just 2-3 years from now. Hitch them to the young pitching the makeshift rotation allowed to remain developing in the minors this year, and you’ve got something you can’t call “bad”.

        You HAD to notice the talent on the Astros in 2014 when their core players were up and lost 92 games. You HAD to notice the talent on the Cubs in 2014 when THEIR core was up, losing 89 games. Why can’t writers see the core talent on the Padres? Is it because everyone proclaimed it a 100 game loser, and they’re refusing to acknowledge they were all wrong?

        I think PadresTrail hit on it: they can’t get past their biases.