<![CDATA[NBC 7 San Diego - San Diego Padres]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbcsandiego.com/feature/san-diego-padres http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/KNSD+RSS+Feed+logo+blue.png NBC 7 San Diego http://www.nbcsandiego.comen-usTue, 26 Sep 2017 00:42:58 -0700Tue, 26 Sep 2017 00:42:58 -0700NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Ron Fowler is the Anti-Spanos]]> Fri, 22 Sep 2017 15:15:50 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/171*120/Ron+Fowler+and+Andy+Green.JPG

NBC 7’s Derek Togerson looks at how the Padres ownership could be changing all of Major League Baseball

Padres Executive Chairman Ron Fowler has been a very visible, at times vocal, professional franchise owner who values being a member of the San Diego community. He’s also the kind of guy who sees a problem and then finds a way to try and fix it.

Basically he’s the very opposite of Dean Spanos, who expects everyone to come in and take care of everything for him then still finds a way to make a mess of just about any conceivable situation.

But it’s become clear that Fowler wields more power in baseball circles than most people know, and that is a very good thing for the San Diego Padres.

“I think the labor relations department on the 34th floor has an office with Ron’s name on it,” said MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred on his recent visit to Petco Park. That is only a slight exaggeration.

“We have probably one of the deepest, strongest relationships in baseball between the Commissioner’s office and the Padres management group,” said Manfred. “Very close, personal relationships as well as professional relationships.”

Fowler is extremely well-respected in baseball circles. In fact he might even be partially responsible for putting his “small-market” Padres in a better financial position against the Dodgers, Yankees and baseball’s other big spenders.

“We have tried to deal with payroll disparity by limiting, through the use of taxes, the very highest payroll clubs,” said Manfred.

One of the men who did that is Fowler, who was the head of the Labor Policy Committee that helped hammer out a new Collective Bargaining Agreement during the off-season.

Part of the new CBA altered the Competitive Balance Tax (CBT), levying hefty fines on teams that spend freely. For example (and this is a lot of numbers but it’ll make sense in a second) the threshold in 2018 will be $197 million. The base CBT will be 20% on whatever amount they go above $197 million IF it’s their first time exceeding the threshold. If it’s their 2nd time they’re taxed 30% and 3rd time offenders pay 50%. And now there are additional surtaxes of 12% for going $20 million over the limit and 42.5% for $40 million in excesses.

Using the Dodgers (who have already exceeded the threshold in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017) as an example, if they kept this year’s Opening Day payroll of $242 million payroll in 2018 they would have to pay $42.75 million JUST IN TAXES for the year. Even for the free-spending guys at Dodger Stadium that seems to be a little bit steep.

“For the first time in the 25 years since I’ve been in baseball everybody in the top quartile of clubs had payrolls that actually went down this year due to the increased penalties that were negotiated as part of this Collective Bargaining Agreement,” said Manfred.

Fowler is a huge reason why that happened. His Padres (and the Royals and Twins and Rays and several other clubs) will never be able to spend on the same level as the Dodgers or Yankees or Red Sox. MLB could have had a representative from any of the smaller market clubs take the lead in the negotiations.

But they chose Ron Fowler, who by most accounts is the one most responsible for the league and the MLB Players Association striking a deal that will last through 2021.

See what I mean about Fowler being the Anti-Spanos? Could you imagine what would happen if the NFL put Deano in charge of negotiating a new CBA? It would be like putting Ryan Lochte in charge of NASA.

Now I understand the team is in a rebuild and the big league product is not great right now. But when you look at the money that's been spent on the International market and all the young stars that the team has in the minor league system there is, finally, hope that the Padres can contend more than just once or twice every decade, a peak that's followed by nine years of futility.

Part of the so-called “San Diego sports curse” is the fact we have been saddled with awful owners over the years. From the Spanos clan to Donald Sterling to Jeff Moorad we have had the wrong people in charge almost constantly.

If there is a curse I’m thinking that Fowler (with the Seidler and O’Malley families with him) is the one to finally break it. His recent track record shows he’s very good at his job.

Shoot, after all the bozos that have come through this town we’d have settled for someone just being competent.

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<![CDATA[Padres To Expand Protective Netting at Petco Park]]> Thu, 21 Sep 2017 18:39:30 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/160*120/Padres+Netting+At+Petco+Park.JPG

Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred’s tour of big league ballparks brought him to San Diego’s Petco Park on Thursday night. Foremost on his … and everyone in baseball’s … mind was the awful incident at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday night.

A young girl was hit in the head by a foul ball traveling at 105 MPH. She was still in a New York hospital when the Commissioner addressed the media in San Diego.

“That type of accident is upsetting for all of us that work in the game. You saw it in the players on the field,” said Manfred. “Believe me; believe me, equally upsetting for people who work in front offices around the league. Safety in our ballparks has been a constant agenda item for us over the last couple of years.”

The accident has once again brought up the issue of netting behind home plate at big league ballparks. As of now Major League Baseball “recommends” that teams install netting from dugout to dugout behind home plate, which is around 70 feet. But there is no rule or mandate that ballparks need to to conform to that recommendation.

MLB is not going to have a hard and fast rule about ballpark netting even after the accident in New York but is trying to work with each ball club to try and do something more.

“I think it’s important to understand that each individual ballpark has quirks,” said Manfred. “My view is that the best way to address this issue is to allow the clubs to handle it as a local matter.”

That means all 30 Major League Baseball franchises will still have the ability to determine how much safety netting they have at their stadiums.

“I don’t want my willingness to have the issue be handled locally to me mistaken as a lack of focus on this issue,” said Manfred. “It’s been something that we have talked to the clubs on an ongoing basis over the last two years. I think I’ve elected a process that will be the most effective over the long haul in terms of getting the best safety situation we can get in our 30 ballparks.”

Before the 2017 season the Padres extended netting from dugout to dugout at Petco Park. In a statement the franchise said it is going to expand the protective netting even more moving forward:

"Following several months of planning, the San Diego Padres announced that they will install additional netting during the offseason at Petco Park that will extend to the end of each dugout. The increased safety measures will be in place prior to Opening Day in 2018 when the Padres host the Milwaukee Brewers on March 29. The Padres will continue to proactively evaluate all safety practices at Petco Park to ensure the security and well-being of our fans at the best ballpark in America."

The Padres are one of 11 teams that have plans to expand netting. MLB is facing mounting pressure to further protect fans sitting close to the field. On Thursday U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) wrote a letter to Commissioner Manfred urging MLB to expand netting in the off-season. The letter reads, in part:

“It is clear that fans are virtually defenseless when foul balls go into the stands. The solution is clear: extend the nets protecting the fans. I appreciate the steps that Major League Baseball and individual teams have taken, and hope that all teams will commit to extending their safety netting in the off season. I look forward to meeting with you to discuss the steps being taken to encourage common sense safety measures at ballparks.”

Back in May, Councilman Rafael Espinal Jr. of Brooklyn has introduced a bill to the NY City Council that would require any stadium there with at least 5,000 seats have netting from home plate all the way to the foul pole.

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<![CDATA[Renfroe Sets Padres Rookie Record with 3 Homers]]> Thu, 21 Sep 2017 00:09:54 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/RenfroeWED3HRweb.jpg

Usually when the Padres hit five homers in one game, you figure they will win.

Wednesday was one of the exceptions.

The Diamondbacks and Padres temporarily turned Petco Park into Coors Field for one evening as they combined to hit nine long balls in nine innings.

Arizona however wound up spoiling the impromptu home run party with a 13-7 victory to avoid getting swept out of San Diego.

Unfortunately for the Friars, they could not hold a 6-2 lead and Arizona rattled off 11 unanswered runs during a crazy stretch between the sixth and ninth innings.

Hunter Renfroe certainly did his part to help San Diego position itself for a victory.

His two-run bomb in the third frame gave the home team a 4-2 advantage and helped set a new Padres record for most homer runs in a season.

Renfroe then proceeded to extend that mark when he golfed a solo shot in the fourth to make it 5-2.

But he wasn’t the only one doing damage at the plate.

Rocky Gale started the fireworks for the home team with his first career homer in the second.

Christian Villanueva, who was also promoted from Triple-A El Paso earlier this week with Gale and Renfroe, provided some more power with a solo shot in the fifth.

The Diamondbacks also proved they could touch ‘em all. Arizona hit four homers including a 3-run exclamation point in the top of the ninth which gave the visitors an emphatic 13-6 lead.

Renfroe became the first Padres rookie to ever hit three home runs in a game when he crushed an offering from Jordan Shipley in the bottom of the ninth. He now has 24 round-trippers on the season and four since joining the big league club on Monday.

Clayton Richard gets the start Thursday at home against the Colorado Rockies.

The Padres rewarded Richard with a two-year contract extension Wednesday which will keep him in the fold through the end of the 2019 season.



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<![CDATA[Padres Win In Renfroe’s Return]]> Tue, 19 Sep 2017 00:17:48 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/RenfroeReturnWEB.jpg

With one giant swing, Hunter Renfroe announced his return to the majors in a big way.

In his first plate appearance in his initial game back with the Padres, Renfroe went yard.

His towering three-run homer to centerfield off of Patrick Corbin was a no-doubter and gave the Friars all the offense they would need in a 4-2 win over visiting Arizona.

Renfroe was sent down to the minors in mid-August to work on his plate discipline and try and decrease his alarming number of strikeouts.

Shortly after the El Paso Chihuahuas postseason run ended with a second place finish, Renfroe was one of five players promoted Monday to the Padres along with fellow outfielder and fan favorite Travis Jankowski, catcher Rocky Gale, and pitcher Tim Melville and Christian Villanueva.

All season, Padres manager Andy Green has praised Renfroe for his ability to smash homers out of the ballpark but he has also stressed how important it is for a young player like him to be more consistent at the plate.

Renfroe is viewed as one of the cornerstones of the franchise and that’s why Green believes his .231 MLB batting average this year is the more important statistic compared to his 21 homers.

Austin Hedges crushed a solo shot in the second inning Monday to give the Padres some extra cushion.

Luis Perdomo improved to 8-10 after pitching into the sixth inning and Brad Hand was credited with his 19th save after he wiggled out of a jam in the ninth.

Travis Wood takes the mound Tuesday at 7:10 p.m. against Arizona’s Zack Godley.



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<![CDATA[Padres Add Players For Final Homestand]]> Mon, 18 Sep 2017 16:05:33 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/190*120/Renfroe+Dodger+Stadium.JPG

The Padres enter their final homestand of 2017 tied for the 7th-worst record in baseball. They have three games against the Diamondbacks and four with the Rockies, who are currently the two National League Wild Card teams.

That means they’re either going to move in to the off-season with a nice winning mojo or make everyone hoping for a tank very happy.

San Diego made a few roster moves on Monday.  Now that the El Paso Chihuahuas season is over (they came one game short of winning back-to-back Pacific Coast League championships) the Padres recalled outfielders Hunter Renfroe and Travis Jankowski and right-handed pitcher Tim Melville.

The Friars also added catcher Rocky Gale and infielder Christian Villanueva and designated infielder Dusty Coleman and right-handed pitcher Jose Valdez for assignment.

Renfroe returns after being demoted in August. At the time he had struck out 19 times in 13 games. He went back to AAA, where he was the 2016 PCL MVP, and hit a ridiculous .509 in 14 regular season games.

Jankowski played just 17 games before going on the disabled list with a broken foot. He played 35 games in El Paso and helped the Chihuahuas reach the PCL playoffs.

Luis Perdomo starts Monday night’s game at Petco Park against Arizona lefty Patrick Corbin.

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<![CDATA[Padres Crushed in Colorado]]> Sat, 16 Sep 2017 21:17:46 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/182*120/Cargo+HR+in+Denver.JPG

For the Padres this week has been like a run-in with Pennywise.

On Saturday night in Denver the Friars lost to the Rockies 16-0, the second time during the week that they’ve suffered a 16-0 setback. Dating back to last Sunday, San Diego’s professional baseball team has been outscored 64-4.

Sometimes things just go wrong. Other times they go horribly, terribly, indescribably wrong. This week has been the latter.

In this particular outing the Padres only mustered three hits, all of them singles, while the Rockies were hammering out 17 hits, three of them home runs. The onslaught started in the 3rd inning when the Rockies batted around and scored five runs against Padres starter Jordan Lyles.

In the 5th inning, the dingers started when Carlos Gonzalez unloaded on a 2-run shot. In the 6th inning Charlie Blackmon smoked a 3-run homer, his 35th of the year, to make it a 10-nothing game. After that it was basically over (even at Coors Field) so Rockies skipper Bud Black sent in Pat Valaika in to pinch-hit for Blackmon with the bases loaded in the 7th inning.

Valaika hit a grand slam. On the night Colorado got 8 RBI from the leadoff spot alone.

The Rockies have a 3 ½ game lead over the Brewers for the 2nd National League Wild Card spot and can sweep the Padres on Sunday when Jon Gray gets the start against San Diego starter Jhoulys Chacin.

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<![CDATA[Padres Will Host AL West Teams in 2018]]> Wed, 13 Sep 2017 21:00:55 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/HandHedgesWEB.jpg

Usually the Major League Baseball season begins with Opening Day in April.

The San Diego Padres 2018 campaign however will start earlier than normal.

The Padres will host the Milwaukee Brewers in their home opener on Thursday, March 29 at 1:10 p.m. to kick off their first three-game series of the year.

It’s the earliest starting date in the sport’s history (excluding international openers) and it will also be the first time in almost 50 years that every team will play on Opening Day.

The last time that happened was at the start of the 1968 season.

San Diego has played its first meaningful game in March before on three occasions.

The last time that occurred was in 2014 when the Padres topped the Dodgers 3-1.

The Friars will also get to enjoy a rare Sunday off on Easter before they head to Colorado for their first road trip of the season at Coors Field.

In interleague play, San Diego fans will get the chance to see All-Stars like Mike Trout and local product Cole Hamels come to town.

The Athletics (June 19-20), Angels (August 13-15), Mariners (August 28-29) and Rangers (September 14-16) are all scheduled to play multiple games at Petco Park.

San Diego will travel to Houston but will not host the Astros.

The last six games of the regular season will take place on the road as the Padres visit Dodger Stadium before heading up to San Francisco.

Opening Day has not been kind to the Padres in recent memory – especially since manager Andy Green was hired.

The Dodgers dominated this year’s opener against the Padres 14-3 in Los Angeles.

The Boys in Blue also shutout the Friars in the 2016 opener in what would be Tyson Ross’s last start for San Diego.



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<![CDATA[Cardinals Deal Padres 3rd Straight Loss]]> Thu, 07 Sep 2017 00:01:16 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/LametLossWEB.jpg

For the second straight start, Padres pitcher Dinelson Lamet pitched brilliantly but did not earn a victory.

Five days after losing a 1-0 game to Clayton Kershaw and the first-place Dodgers, Lamet was on the losing end of another low-scoring affair with the Cardinals.

Saint Louis managed to earn a 3-1 victory Wednesday evening thanks to one mistake by Lamet and the latest display of the Padres ineptitude to produce runs.

Stephen Piscotty ruined Lamet's great outing with a two-run bomb in the seventh.

Lamet cruised through the first six innings allowing only one single and a trio of walks during that span.

But when his pitch count reached the 90s he gave up a single, a homer, and a walk before Andy Green decided to go to his bullpen.

If Green had sent a reliever out to the mound at the beginning of the seventh, the outcome might have been different. But you can’t cry over spilled milk.

Yangervis Solarte powered a solo shot in the fourth inning to give the Friars a 1-0 advantage.

Solarte’s 16th homer of the season came off of rookie right-hander Jack Flaherty.

Just like Lamet, the one round-tripper allowed by the Cardinals young pitcher was really his only major mistake of the evening.

Three Saint Louis pitchers combined to throw four shutout innings after Flaherty made it through the first five frames, but the Padres offense again failed to put together a late rally.

Unfortunately for the Padres, a win was in the Cards for the third straight day.

San Diego fell to 5-5 during its 11-game homestand which concludes Thursday night against St. Louis.

First pitch is scheduled for 6:10 p.m.

Lefty Clayton Richard opposes Lance Lynn.



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<![CDATA[Padres Suffer Labor Day Shutout]]> Mon, 04 Sep 2017 18:39:35 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/185*120/Cardinals+Labor+Day+Win.JPG

The Padres just played four games in three days in abnormally warm temperatures (for San Diego) against the best team in baseball (the Dodgers), winning three of them (in a row).

At the end of a long season that kind of physical expenditure is probably going to take a toll. Of course, running in to an All-Star pitcher doesn't help, either, and the Padres looked a little bit gassed in a 2-0 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals on Labor Day afternoon.

Former Cardinals farmhand Luis Perdomo got the start for the Friars and threw pretty well. The only runs he gave up came in the 4th inning. The Cardinals loaded the bases with nobody out and Yadier Molina hit a fly ball to the gap in left-centerfield. Jose Pirela got to it but the ball glanced off his glove. Two runs scored on what was called a base hit.

Perdomo only allowed those two runs and struck out six in 6.0 innings to take the tough loss because Cardinals ace Carlos Martinez has filthy stuff. As an example, he whiffed four guys in the All-Star Game in July. The only other Cardinals pitcher to ever do that was Dizzy Dean back in 1934, and the Cards have had some awfully darn good pitchers in between.

Martinez tossed a complete game with 10 strikeouts, only allowing three hits. Padres 1st baseman Wil Myers had two of them for his 3rd straight multi-hit game.

The Padres try to even the series on Tuesday night when Travis Wood takes the mound against Michael Wacha.

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<![CDATA[Padres Sweep Dodgers in Doubleheader]]> Sat, 02 Sep 2017 23:11:28 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/167*120/Padres+Sweep+Doubleheader.JPG

The last time the Padres swept the Dodgers in a doubleheader was June 17, 1988, at Dodger Stadium. Granted, these days teams very rarely play doubleheaders but given the discrepancy in these teams’ current records this is a big deal.

San Diego beat L.A. 7-2 in the nightcap of their double dip, a nice chaser to the afternoon’s 6-5 walkoff win. The Dodgers staked high-priced starter Yu Darvish to a 2-1 lead but he could not hold it.

In the 3rd inning Darvish served up a solo home run to rookie Carlos Asuaje that tied the game 2-2. It was the start of a very long inning for Darvish. Shortstop Erick Aybar followed with a single, one of his three hits in the game. Then Cory Spangenberg singled to move Aybar to 3rd base, followed by a single by Hector Sanchez that brought in Aybar for a 3-2 Padres lead. Sanchez drove in a pair of runs and scored two more. He was starting at 1st base to give Wil Myers a breather, which was interesting timing because Saturday night was Wil Myers bobblehead night.

Matt Szczur added a 2-run double to complete the 4-run inning and the Padres never looked back. In the 7th inning Yangervis Solarte and Jose Pirela added RBI singles to further pad the lead. The Padres can take the 4-game series on Sunday afternoon behind Jhoulys Chacin, who gets the start against Alex Wood.

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<![CDATA[Padres Walk Off Dodgers to Start Doubleheader]]> Sat, 02 Sep 2017 16:54:17 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/175*120/Solarte+Walks+Off+Dodgers.JPG

Thank goodness the Padres did not trade Yangervis Solarte.

The effervescent infielder walked off the Dodgers with a solo home run in a 6-5 Padres win on Saturday afternoon at Petco Park, the first game of a day-night doubleheader that was one of your classic back-and-forth affairs.

The game was tied 1-1 in the 4th inning when Cody Bellinger launched a solo home run off Padres starter Clayton Richard. It’s the 35th homer of the season for the Dodgers rookie, tying the franchise’s rookie record held by Hall of Fame catcher Mike Piazza. Los Angeles upped the lead to 3-1 in the 5th inning on an RBI single by Austin Barnes.

The Padres tied it in the 6th when Jabari Blash singled home Wil Myers and Hector Sanchez brought in Cory Spangenberg with an RBI groundout. San Diego took its first lead of the day in the 7th when Myers tripled to score Jose Pirela. Myers doubled and a tripled in one of his better offensive games of late. He scored on a Spangenberg single and the Padres had a 5-3 lead.

They held it until the 9th inning when All-Star Brad Hand came in to close and had a rare bad outing. Fellow All-Star Justin Turner, who has a penchant for big late-inning hits, hammered a 2-run game-tying homer to level the score 5-5.

That set up Solarte to be the hero. Yan turned on a Pedro Baez fastball that was probably a couple of inches inside and lofted it over the right field wall, kicking off a damp celebration at home plate as water and Gatorade was thrown about with delight.

The nightcap starts at 7:10 with Jordan Lyles trying to outduel Yu Darvish.

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<![CDATA[Dodgers Beat Padres in Kershaw's Return]]> Fri, 01 Sep 2017 22:42:07 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/188*120/Kershaw+at+Petco+Park.JPG

Dodgers superstar Clayton Kershaw spent 40 days on the disabled list dealing with a back injury. He returned on Friday night to face the Padres at Petco Park with a strict 75-pitch limit.

For Clayton Kershaw, that's enough to win a baseball game.

The best lefty in the game was ruthlessly efficient in a 1-0 Dodgers win, striking out seven Padres in 6.0 innings without a walk. The only two hits he gave up were both on the infield. Kershaw only threw 70 pitches, 53 of them for strikes.

But rookie right-hander Dinelson Lamet gave the Padres a chance. The youngster struck out the side in both the 4th and the 5th against a darn good lineup and finished with 10 punchouts in 6.0 innings. However, he flinched just once.

In the 6th inning the Dodgers put two runners on with two outs and Chase Utley … who made his MLB debut when Lamet was 10 years old … singled with two strikes to bring in Justin Turner with the only run of the game.

Los Angeles snaps its 5-game losing streak to start the 4-game series. To make up for a rainout earlier in the season we get to see a rare doubleheader in the East Village on Saturday. Game 1 starts at 12:40 with Clayton Richard on the mound against Brock Stewart. The nightcap starts at 7:10 when Jordan Lyles gets the start against Yu Darvish.

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<![CDATA[San Diego Padres Fire Hitting Coach]]> Fri, 01 Sep 2017 11:51:29 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/AlanZinterGettyImages-513360166.jpg

The Padres have the worst batting average in Major League Baseball and are the only team in the big leagues with a sub-.300 on-base percentage. Regardless of roster composition when that happens someone has to fall on the sword.

On Friday the Padres parted ways with hitting coach Alan Zinter. The team says they will find a full-time replacement in the off-season while coaches on the staff will fill Zinter's shoes for the rest of the 2017 season. Bench coach Mark McGwire, who was the Dodgers hitting coach for a while, is a likely candidate to help in the interim.

Zinter joined the Padres in 2015 when Manager Andy Green brought him on to his staff. A proponent of timing steps and launch angles, Zinter helped increase San Diego's power numbers. The Padres are 18th in the league in home runs but the high-risk, high reward approach also contributed to the 4th-most strikeouts in the game.

For several years the Friars have had a major issue with situational hitting (for example, driving in runners from 3rd base with less than two outs instead of striking out). For a relatively young but talented roster that is an important lesson to learn. 



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<![CDATA[Samardzija Silences Padres]]> Mon, 28 Aug 2017 23:52:50 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/SamardzijaWEB.jpg

Some nights it doesn’t matter how good the defense is if you can’t score any runs.

Monday was one of those games for the Padres with the last-place Giants in town.

Jeff Samardzija held the Padres to only three hits and silenced any chance at a comeback as he went the distance in San Francisco’s 3-0 victory Monday Night.

The righty looked like he had jumped into a time machine and gone back to 2014 when he was an All-Star.

Samardzija’s complete game shutout handed San Diego its fourth straight defeat with the Friars offense barely managing a whimper.

Jhoulys Chacin pitched five innings and allowed only two hits.

But thanks to a solo homer by Brandon Crawford, Chacin left with a 1-0 deficit and ended up taking the loss to fall to 11-10 on the season.

Chacin struck out three batters and also walked four.

Rookie reliever Phil Maton gave up a two-run blast off the bat of Joe Panik in the seventh inning which pushed the Giants lead to 3-0.

The Friars lone highlight of the night came in the top of the ninth on defense. Carter Capps and catcher Hector Sanchez combined with Yangervis Solarte for the ol’ strike ‘em out, throw ‘em out double play.

But the Padres just couldn’t get anything going against Samardzija.

The former Notre Dame wide receiver faced only 29 batters (two more than the minimum!) and went the distance.

Wil Myers, Solarte, and Cory Spangenberg each reached base with a single, but Myers got caught trying to steal and the other two were left on base.

San Diego continues its 10-game homestand Tuesday evening against the Giants.

Luis Perdomo opposes Matt Moore over at Petco Park starting at 7:10 p.m.



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<![CDATA[Stanton Unleashes Prodigious Pop on Padres]]> Fri, 25 Aug 2017 21:11:04 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/199*120/Stanton+HR+vs+Padres.JPG

"Supreme excellence consists of breaking the enemy's resistance without fighting … and walking Giancarlo Stanton."

- Sun Tzu

OK maybe that’s not entirely accurate but the legendary strategist would have been hard-pressed to find a way to deal with slugging Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton.

On Friday night in Miami the man who gives pitching coaches nightmares went bonkers on the Padres with two more home runs, a double, and 5 RBI in an 8-6 Marlins win.

Stanton’s first missile was launched in the 1st inning when he hit a 462-foot shot off Padres starter Travis Wood. The All-Star right-fielder hit a solo dinger in the 3rd inning, giving him 49 home runs already. He has a real chance to be the 3rd player in history to reach 60 in a season who has not yet been tied to performance-enhancing drugs (Roger Maris and Babe Ruth are the others).

The Padres kept it close with homers of their own. Carlos Asuaje lifted his 3rd long ball of the season to right field in the 4th inning off of Marlins lefty Adam Conley. The Friars took the lead with a big 6th inning. Jose Pirela, who had a pair of knocks, singled to score Manuel Margot, who had a three-hit game. Wil Myers followed with a sacrifice fly and Jabari Blash drilled his 4th homer of the year to left-centerfield to put the Padres on top 6-5.

In the 7th inning Kirby Yates gave up a single to Dee Gordon then walked Stanton, which was probably the smart thing to do. But the Marlins have a few other boppers in that lineup and two batters later fellow All-Star Marcell Ozuna hammered a 3-run home run that turned out to be the game-winner.

Game two of the series is Saturday night when rookie Dinelson Lamet takes the mound against former Padres right-hander Odrisamer Despaigne.

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<![CDATA[Padres Building Something Special]]> Thu, 24 Aug 2017 13:24:48 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Cal+Quantrill+Missions.jpg

So I decided to get the Minor League Baseball package where you can watch games online via the MiLB First Pitch App. It is turning into a tremendous decision.

On Wednesday night it was time to watch the San Antonio Missions, the Padres Double-A affiliate, beat the Frisco Roughriders from the Rangers system 5-3. You may have seen the Twitter hashtag #Padres2020WorldSeriesChamps. This lineup is a big reason why.

It was a veritable prospectpalooza on that field for the Missions, who won the 1st half of the Texas League season and are right back in first place again in the 2nd half. On the mound was Joey Lucchesi, number nine of the Padres Top-30 Prospects list (according to MLB.com). The 6-foot-4, 204-pound lefthander with the deceptive delivery and mid-90’s fastball is pitching to a 1.99 ERA since being promoted from Single-A Lake Elsinore.

Batting 1-2-3 in the lineup were 20-year-old infielder Luis Urias (3rd-ranked prospect), 18-year-old infielder Fernando Tatis Jr. (4th-ranked prospect) and 20-year-old 1st baseman Josh Naylor (10th-ranked prospect). They all had a base hit.

But while the position players in San Antonio are impressive it’s the arms that are truly exciting. This rotation might be better than the one they have at Petco Park. I don’t mean in the next few years, I mean RIGHT NOW.

On Thursday left-hander Eric Lauer (8th-ranked prospect) gets the start. He’s followed on Friday by righty Enyel Del Los Santos (13th-ranked prospect), who gives way to super stallion Cal Quantrill (2nd-ranked prospect) on Saturday. Then on Sunday they get to throw the strapping Jacob Nix (15th-ranked prospect), who is the right-handed version of Lucchesi at 6-foot-4 and 220 pounds.

All of these guys feature above-average, if not plus, stuff and have had success in the minor leagues already. Plus they’re all young. Other than Lucchesi none of these kids is more than 22 years old.

Now I know there have been plenty of guys who have looked great in the minors only to fizzle in The Show and none of these players is a can’t-miss guaranteed All-Star. But having followed the San Diego system for more than a decade I can honestly say I have never seen a collection of players with this kind of upside on one roster before, not even last year’s group at El Paso that won the Pacific Coast League title with Manuel Margot, Hunter Renfroe, Carlos Asuaje, Austin Hedges and Phil Maton.

So remember this year’s team by the Alamo. It’s certainly something to get excited about.

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<![CDATA[Padres Prospects Earn Awards]]> Mon, 21 Aug 2017 14:15:41 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Hudson+Potts+Tincaps.jpg

The Padres have a day off on Monday but one of their affiliates is in the news again. Low-A Fort Wayne players won a pair of awards.

TinCaps right-hander Lake Bachar was named the Midwest League Pitcher of the Week. All Bachar did was throw 7.0 perfect innings with seven strikeouts against South Bend in a game where Fort Wayne came within one out of a combined perfect game.

Bachar was a 5th-round selection in the 2016 MLB Draft out of Wisconsin-Whitewater, a Division III school. Since being promoted to Fort Wayne at the end of July he’s struck out 20 in 21.0 innings and opposing hitters are batting just .194 against him.

The TinCaps also have the Midwest League Player of the Week on the roster in the form of 3rd baseman Hudson Potts. One of the Padres’ top-30 prospects, Potts went 14-for-28 with a pair of home runs during the week.

If you don’t recognize the name, Potts is the slugger formerly known as Hudson Sanchez. He was taken 24th overall by the Padres in the 2016 Draft and changed his last name to Potts, the last name of his stepfather. The 18-year-old struggled a bit early in his first season of A-ball but in the month of August he’s hitting .380.

The TinCaps are currently 6.5 games up on South Bend for a Midwest League playoff spot.



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<![CDATA[Nationals Overcome Three Errors To Beat Padres]]> Sun, 20 Aug 2017 22:41:28 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/215*120/dinelson+lamet.png

In a span of four days, the Padres only victory over the Washington Nationals came against San Diego native Stephen Strasburg.

The leaders of the National League East division triumphed Sunday 4-1 at Petco Park, taking the third of four games with the Friars despite making three errors.

Those blunders wound up costing the Nats only one run in the series finale.

Jabari Blash was plated in the first inning after Wil Myers sent a grounder to shortstop and Washington’s Wilmer Difo sent a wayward throw toward first base. Other than that gift, San Diego was held off the scoreboard.

It was the third time in this series the Padres were held to a single run as they managed to produce only six total runs over the last four days.

Padres manager Andy Green is desperately trying to get his offense going. Blash was called up Saturday from Triple-A when Padres rookie right-fielder Hunter Renfroe was surprisingly demoted to El Paso.

Renfroe remains second on the team with 20 homers this year, but perhaps it shouldn’t be too surprising he was sent down considering he’s batting a paltry .230 with a subpar .285 on-base percentage.

Renfroe and Ryan Schimpf clearly have proven they can slug homers at the major league level but they still need to prove they can hit on a consistent basis and that’s why they are both currently back in the minors.

Rookie starting pitcher Dinelson Lamet was searching for his fifth win in six starts, but ran into some trouble after allowing the lead to get away in the fifth inning.

Lamet struck out eight and only allowed three runs on three hits but was removed after 94 pitches in 4.2 innings. The righty was saddled with the loss and his record fell to 7-5.

Daniel Murphy helped the Nationals take a 2-1 lead on a RBI single in the fifth inning. Buddy Bauman made a cameo just in time to allow a RBI double to Adam Lind before Craig Stammen struck out Anthony Rendon to end the threat.

Nats lefty Gio Gonzalez went 6.2 innings and only allowed the one unearned run to improve to 12-5.

Zero Padres collected multiple hits against Washington Sunday but the Friars did strike out 12 times against Gonzalez and the Nationals bullpen.

After sweeping the lowly Phillies earlier in the week, San Diego finished its seven-game homestand 4-3.

The Friars travel to Saint Louis Monday and start their six-game road trip against the Cardinals Tuesday at 5:15 p.m.

Clayton Richard is scheduled to oppose Cardinals pitcher Lance Lynn.





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<![CDATA[Padres Give Prospect A Big Promotion]]> Sun, 20 Aug 2017 14:45:07 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Fernando+Tatis+Jr..jpg

When the Padres kept 22-year-old Manuel Margot, 22-year-old Miguel Diaz, 21-year-old Allen Cordoba and 20-year-old Luis Torrens on the Opening Day roster they showed they are not afraid to challenge young players early in their careers.

So the aggressiveness of this move is not terribly surprising.

On Monday the Padres will promote 18-year-old shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. from Low-A Fort Wayne up two levels to Double-A San Antonio to help the Missions on their Texas League playoff run.

With a monster 2017 season in the Midwest League, Tatis has turned in to one of the hottest prospects in all of baseball. He set a TinCaps franchise record with 21 home runs and is the first 18-year-old in league history to record a 20-20 season (he has 29 stolen bases). Tatis also sports a .910 OPS, a ridiculous number at any level for a teenager.

Tatis is bypassing High-A Lake Elsinore for the time-being to get him some playoff experience but it might not be permanent. The Padres did the same thing last year, sending catching prospect Austin Allen from Fort Wayne to San Antonio for the end of the season. Allen has spent the entire 2017 season in Lake Elsinore where he earned California League Player of the Month honors for July.

The Padres might take the same strategy with Tatis and send him to the Storm for 2018. Well, unless he mauls Texas League pitching the way he has in Fort Wayne and forces San Diego’s hand to move him to a higher level.

This year the Padres have promoted several of their top prospects to Double-A, including pitchers Cal Quantrill, Eric Lauer, Jacob Nix and Joey Lucchesi and infielders Josh Naylor and Javier Guerra.

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<![CDATA[Nationals Edge Padres]]> Thu, 17 Aug 2017 23:05:48 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/171*120/Zimmerman+Petco+Park+HR.JPG

The Washington Nationals are one of the very few teams in baseball that can lose a player as good as Bryce Harper and still be a World Series contender.

The Nats started a 4-game set at Petco Park with a 2-1 win over the Padres on Thursday night. Former Padres starter Edwin Jackson (OK, he only made 13 starts in San Diego but he’s a cool guy) liked pitching in the East Village when he was here and that hasn’t worn off.

Jackson tossed 7.0 innings of one-run ball to get the first win of his 15-year career against the Friars. The only run he allowed came on a 3rd inning single by Jose Pirela that brought in Manuel Margot and tied the game 1-1.

San Diego starter Jhoulys Chacin was as effective if not as efficient. Chacin only allowed one run in 5.0 innings but worked too many deep counts and left after 104 pitches.

In the 8th inning it was still tied 1-1. Reliever Kirby Yates struck out the side but with two outs allowed a solo home run to All-Star Ryan Zimmerman that turned out to be the game-winner. Things don’t exactly get easier for the Padres on Friday night because they have to deal with Washington ace Max Scherzer. Padres righty Luis Perdomo is tasked with trying to keep the Friars in the game against one of the best in the National League.

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<![CDATA[Richard Tosses Complete Game Shutout]]> Wed, 16 Aug 2017 20:32:18 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/RichardShutoutWEB.jpg

Left-hander Clayton Richard had never beaten the Philadelphia Phillies before Wednesday’s matinee.

He hadn’t pitched a shutout since 2012.

But Richard accomplished both of those goals this time as he pitched San Diego’s first complete game shutout of the season and helped the Padres finish off a sweep of the hapless Phillies, 3-0.

Richard allowed only three hits and one walk.

He struck out six batters and executed extremely well by keeping the ball down the majority of the afternoon.

But it was not a one-man-show by any means.

Richard credited Austin Hedges for calling a good game behind the plate and the duo induced 17 groundouts by the visitors.

The Phils lost for the fourth straight outing and managed only a pair of doubles and an infield single against the southpaw.

Wil Myers made history in the fourth inning thanks to some smart base-running.

After he knocked in Carlos Asuaje with a RBI single, the 2016 All-Star swiped three bags to set a new Padres record for most steals in a single inning.

After the game, Myers said he noticed Phillies starter Nick Pivetta had a rather deliberate delivery to the plate, so he tried to take advantage. It worked and the Phillies had no answer.

Myers actually stole second right away on the very first pitch to Hedges after his base hit.

Myers then took off for third when Pivetta didn’t pay much attention to him during a full count offering in the same at-bat.

Ball four wound up putting runners on the corners for Hunter Renfroe.

The Phillies reminded us again that they are not a very good defensive team when they allowed Hedges and Myers to bait them with the classic Little League 1st and 3rd double steal.

Hedges hesitated long enough to coerce the catcher’s throw towards first base and that gave Myers just enough to time to scoot home before the relay.

The Friars led 2-0 after that frame and later extended their advantage to 3-0 thanks to a Renfroe RBI double in the 6th.

Pivetta struck out nine of the first ten batters he faced before allowing the Padres to claim the lead.

He finished with 11 punchouts but also the loss.

San Diego continues its seven-game homestand Thursday against the Washington Nationals starting at 7:10 p.m.

Jhoulys Chacin opposes former Padre Edwin Jackson in the series opener.



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<![CDATA['It Was a Great Ride!": Jered Weaver Retires]]> Wed, 16 Aug 2017 10:49:05 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/JeredWeaverGettyImages-669590474.jpg

Jered Weaver retired Wednesday from Major League Baseball, saying his body will not allow him to compete as he would like. 

"I’m excited for the next chapter in life and making up for lost time with my family," Weaver wrote in a prepared statement. "Thank you to everyone who has supported me over the years. It was a great ride!” 

Weaver, 34, had a professional baseball career that spanned 12 seasons.

The three-time All-Star (2010-12) spent 11 seasons with the Angels and his .617 winning percentage ranks second in Angels franchise history," according to a San Diego Padres news release.

Executive Vice President, General Manager A.J. Preller described Weaver as a "consummate teammate and professional."



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<![CDATA[Dodgers Come From Behind to Beat Padres]]> Sat, 12 Aug 2017 22:51:15 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/184*120/Dodgers+Win+6-3.JPG

The Dodgers are the best team in baseball because they can beat you just about any way on any given night. Pitcher's duel, slugfest, it doesn't matter.

But their biggest strength is probably the fact they are never … ever … out of a game.

Los Angeles came from behind again to beat the Padres 6-3 at Chavez Ravine. San Diego built a 3-1 lead on the strength of a Hunter Renfroe RBI double, a Jhoulys Chacin RBI single and the 24th home run of the season from Wil Myers.

Chacin was also effective if not efficient on the mound. The right-hander allowed one run in 5.0 innings of work but walked four and threw 93 pitches so he was lifted for a pinch-hitter in the 6th inning. Immediately the Dodgers offense went to work on the Padres bullpen.

Jose Torres gave up a walk and a double to start the 6th and was lifted for Craig Stammen, who walked Yasiel Puig to load the bases with nobody out. Amazingly it looked like Stammen would wiggle off the hook. He got Austin Barnes to fly out to shallow right field then struck out Chris Taylor and got two strikes on Corey Seager.

Problem is Seager is an All-Star for good reason. The young shortstop lined a single to right field that brought in two runs and then got caught in a rundown between first and second. When the ball found its way to Myers at first base, Puig broke for home and Myers made an awful throw up the 1st base line that allowed the Dodgers outfielder to dive in with the go-ahead run.

After that the Dodgers distanced themselves with a pair of solo home runs. Cody Bellinger hit his 34th of the year in the 7th inning, putting him just one shy of the L.A. rookie record held by Mike Piazza. Chris Taylor hit his 17th dinger of the season an inning later.

That was plenty for the Dodgers bullpen, who had four relievers throw a scoreless inning each. The Padres can still win the series on Sunday afternoon when Luis Perdomo takes the mound against Kenta Maeda. The Dodgers have not lost a series since dropping two of three against the Nationals in the first week of June.

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<![CDATA[Padres Hand Dodgers Rare Loss]]> Fri, 11 Aug 2017 23:01:17 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/179*120/Margot+HR+Dodger+Stadium.JPG

The most Padres thing ever would be to lose a series to the Reds, who are 18 games under .500 then win a series against the Dodgers, who are on a pace to become the 7th team in Major League history to win 110 games in a season.

But lo and behold, that's an actual possibility now.

The Friars used three solo home runs and some timely pitches from Clayton Richard to beat L.A. 4-3 at Dodger Stadium on Friday night. It’s just the 5th time the Dodgers have lost since the All-Star break.

Rookie centerfielder Manuel Margot hit a pair of game-tying dingers, the first coming in the 3rd inning when he launched a solo shot off Dodgers starter Rich Hill to even the score 1-1. The Padres had a chance to make it a big inning but when Cory Spangenberg singled to right field to score Carlos Asuaje, the Friars tried to test Yasiel Puig’s arm.

That typically does not work out too well and Hunter Renfroe was thrown out at the plate but San Diego had a 2-1 lead that didn’t even last one inning.

In the bottom half L.A. loaded the bases on a double, single and hit batter then tied it up when Cody Bellinger singled to right field. It was shaping up to be a monster inning when Richard came up huge. The veteran lefty got Logan Forsythe to hit a comebacker that turned in to a 1-2-3 double play. Richard wiggled completely off the hook when Austin Barnes grounded in to a fielder’s choice to end the threat.

Barnes doubled in Bellinger in the 5th inning to put the Dodgers back on top 3-2 but in the 7th Margot hit his 2nd solo home run of the night, his 12th of the year. Over his last two full minor league seasons combined Margot hit a total of 12 home runs.

In the 8th inning Jose Pirela got in on the home run fun with another solo blast to put the Padres up 4-3. All-Star Brad Hand got the final four outs, needing just 16 pitches, to get his 9th save of the season.

Against all odds the Padres can win the series with a win Saturday at Chavez Ravine when Jhoulys Chacin takes the mound against Hyun-Jin Ryu.

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<![CDATA[Padres Fail to Dig Out Of Early Hole]]> Wed, 09 Aug 2017 19:58:10 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/RenfroeSlideWEB.jpg

Travis Wood won his debut with the Padres back on July 28. His next two starts however have not been as impressive.

The Reds tagged Wood for a pair of homers Wednesday and promptly put the Padres in a 6-0 hole. The Friars never led and wound up falling 8-3.

Wood was saddled with his first loss since joining San Diego in a trade that sent pitchers Ryan Buchter, Trevor Cahill, and Brandon Maurer to the Kansas City Royals.

The lefty allowed a two-run single to Jose Peraza in the opening frame, then saw Eugenio Suarez and Stuart Turner each hoist two-run homers in the third and fifth innings respectively.

Wood lasted only five innings and threw 107 pitches. He struck out seven but had to deal with a ton of base-runners.

Wood allowed seven hits and also walked four which hurt his chances to keep the game within reach.

It would have been worse if Hunter Renfroe hadn’t made another fantastic defensive play to end the fourth.

With the bases loaded, Renfroe bolted towards the right field line and made a sliding grab to rob Adam Duvall of a bloop base hit.

Manny Margot helped the Padres avoid a shutout by bashing a solo shot in the sixth inning. It’s his 10th long ball of the year.

Four batters later, Wil Myers blasted his 22nd home run of the season when he turned on a 0-1 fastball and rocketed a two-run bomb over the right field wall.

But the Friars would get no closer after falling into that 6-0 hole.

The Reds tacked on a pair in the bottom of the sixth to stretch the lead to 8-3 and that wound up being the final margin.

Carter Capps pitched the sixth inning and was charged with those two runs thanks to four Cincinnati hits.

San Diego can salvage a split of the series with a win in Thursday’s matinee.

First pitch is a 9:35 a.m. on the west coast with rookie Dinelson Lamet scheduled to oppose Cincinnati’s Luis Castillo.



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<![CDATA[Former Padre Haunts His Old Team]]> Mon, 07 Aug 2017 20:51:09 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/214*120/KivlehanWEB.jpg

The Padres and Reds combined for six home runs Monday night at Great American Ball Park.

San Diego’s Jose Pirela supplied two of those long balls with a two-run blast in the fourth and a solo shot in the eighth.

Unfortunately, the left fielder was a one-man show for the visitors, who lost 11-3 in front of a sparse Cincinnati crowd listed generously at just over 16,000 fans.

Joey Votto got the scoring started with a RBI single and a two-run homer in his first two plate appearances against Jhoulys Chacin.

Adam Duvall and Zach Cozart also went deep to help put the Padres in a 7-2 hole.

Pirela’s second homer cut the deficit to 7-3 but the Friars could not claw any closer.

Former Padre Patrick Kivlehan provided the knockout punch in the bottom of the eighth inning.

Kivlehan smoked a grand slam off of Padres rookie Phil Maton to cap the scoring and give Cincy its first win over San Diego this season.

The Friars swept a three-game series with the Reds in America’s Finest City back in June.

Chacin’s road struggles continued as he allowed five earned runs in six innings and saw his record drop to 11-8.

However, the right-hander still leads the Friars with 11 wins and 13 quality starts this season. Chacin had allowed two or fewer earned runs in nine of his previous 10 outings.

Pirela raised his batting average to .285. Carlos Asuaje (.301) provided two singles and Dusty Coleman (.300) added another base knock.

Wil Myers (.239) is still in a slump though as he went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts.

Luis Perdomo takes the mound Tuesday for the Friars. The Reds will counter with Sal Romano.



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<![CDATA[Padres Prospect Earns Award; Bullpen Adds Capps]]> Mon, 07 Aug 2017 14:56:28 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Austin+Allen+Storm.jpg

One of the studs in the Padres loaded farm system is raking.

Lake Elsinore Storm catcher Austin Allen was named the California League Player of the Month for July. Allen led the league in hits (46), home runs (10), RBI (32), total bases (85) and slugging percentage (.691), while finishing second in runs (27), extra-base hits (18) and OPS (1.089). He also had 13 multi-hit games, three of those being four-hit games.

Allen is one of the Padres' Top-30 prospects. The left-handed hitting catcher was a 4th round pick in the 2015 Draft out of the Florida Institute of Technology.

The Friars got another bit of good news when they added Carter Capps to the bullpen before the start of their series against the Reds in Cincinnati.

Capps and his leaping delivery were recalled from Triple-A El Paso on Monday, which just so happens to be the right-handed reliever's 27th birthday. To make room the Friars sent lefty Buddy Baumann back to Texas.

Capps was turning in to one of the most effective bullpen arms in the National League when he underwent Tommy John surgery. He came to the Padres in the deal that sent Andrew Cashner to Miami in July of 2016.

The man who jumps a few inches off the pitching rubber before throwing a pitch last appeared in a big league game on August 2, 2015, somewhat ironically against the Padres. That scoreless outing that dropped his season ERA to 1.16 over 31.0 innings.

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<![CDATA[Friars Drop Final Game of Homestand to Twins]]> Wed, 02 Aug 2017 17:37:13 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/172*120/GettyImages-825668794.jpg

The Padres nine game homestand came to a close with a 5-2 loss against the Minnesota Twins Wednesday afternoon. Luis Perdomo was on the hill for San Diego and faced Twins righty Ervin Santana. Perdomo has seen better days on the mound. In six innings pitched the righty allowed seven hits and five runs on the way to his sixth loss of the season.

The Padres got on the board only once in this contest. In the fourth inning Jose Pirela hit a home run nearly 400 feet to center field. His two run blast brought in Cory Spangenberg and put the Friars within reach, but the Twins still held a 4-2 lead.

Minnesota sealed the game in the sixth inning thanks to a monstrous home run off the bat of Miguel Sano. His solo shot gave the Twins a definitive 5-2 lead.

The Padres start a 10 game road trip with the first of three against the Pittsburgh Pirates Friday August 4 at 4:05 p.m. PST at PNC Park.




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<![CDATA[Padres Stay Quiet At Trade Deadline]]> Mon, 31 Jul 2017 15:30:02 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/188*120/Padres+Brad+Hand+Handshake.JPG

The Padres are going to play the Hand they were dealt.

Major League Baseball’s trade deadline passed at 1:00 p.m. San Diego time on Monday and despite weeks of speculation about them possibly trading nearly half the roster the Friars made exactly zero moves.

Perhaps the biggest surprise was reliever Brad Hand, an All-Star who was widely regarded as the best left-handed pitcher on the market, was not dealt. The Padres were asking for a large return for Hand and when no other teams met it, General Manager A.J. Preller decided to hang on to his new closer. But it was not for lack of other teams trying to get their hands on Hand.

“In the two years he’s been here he’s the player we’ve had the most phone calls on with teams checking in and expressing interest,” said Preller on Monday after the deadline passed. “I feel like 15 teams or so have checked in on Brad over the course of the last couple of weeks.”

That list was whittled down to four or five teams in the end who got to the point of actually exchanging names that might be included in a deal. None of the proposed packages met the asking price.

“I think there was no rush for us to reach out and do anything,” said Preller. “If we got to a point that I was able to go to ownership and go to our fan base and find a player or a group of players that definitely bring more value than an All-Star-caliber reliever then that’s something we’re going to examine. But anything short of that, from our standpoint we’re very content moving forward with Brad.”

Two of the things that make Hand so valuable are his age and contract status. He is under team control until through 2019 and for a guy as effective as he is, his sub-$1.5 million deal is an absolute bargain. But not making a deal now does not mean the Padres will not re-open trade discussions after this season, something NBC 7’s Derek Togerson and Padres broadcaster Bob Scanlan discussed on SportsWrap:

Hand is not the only player the Padres were talking about dealing. Starting pitcher Jhoulys Chacin and infielder Yangervis Solarte, who was a strong trade candidate before missing several games with an oblique injury, also had teams calling about their availability.

So the only deal the Padres made during the 2017 season (prior to the deadline) was the one that sent pitchers Trevor Cahill, Ryan Buchter and Brandon Maurer to Kansas City for pitchers Travis Wood and Matt Strahm and young infield prospect Esteury Ruiz.

The month of August still offers the possibility of a waiver wire trade so if a contender suffers an injury and gets desperate for an elite bullpen arm Hand may find his way out of town.

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<![CDATA[Padres Fall Short of Sweep]]> Sun, 30 Jul 2017 19:50:30 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/185*120/McCutchen+At+Petco+Park.JPG

In their attempt to sweep the Pirates at Petco Park, the Padres played 12 players on Sunday. Seven of them were rookies. And that’s really not all that out of the ordinary.

It didn’t work this time because a former National League MVP went bonkers in a 7-1 Pittsburgh win. Andrew McCutchen hit three home runs, walked twice, scored four times and for good measure made a highlight reel-worthy diving catch in centerfield to almost single-handedly dismantle the Padres.

He hit the first homer in the first inning off of starting pitcher Clayton Richard, who gave up four runs in his 6.0 innings of work to take the loss. Despite his 5-12 record, Richard is a guy who might be moved at the trade deadline because he eats innings and more often than not gives his team a chance to win a game.

McCutchen hit his other dingers off reliever Jose Torres, who coughed up one in the 8th and another in the 9th to the Pirates All-Star. The few highlights for the Padres came mostly from rookies.

Outfielder Manuel Margot had two more hits to continue his ridiculous week at the plate. Over the last week Margot hit .500 with three home runs, six RBI and six runs scored. The only Padres run of the game came on a solo home run by infielder Dusty Coleman, who hammered his second career big league bomb to centerfield off Pirates starter Gerrit Cole.

In the 7th inning another kid made his Major League debut. Left-handed pitcher Kyle McGrath threw a perfect 7th inning, striking out a pair of Pirates. McGrath, who turns 25 years old on Monday, was a 36th round draft pick by the Padres out of Louisville.

Before the game the Padres activated infielder Yangervis Solarte and catcher Austin Hedges from the disabled list. Outfielder Jabari Blash and pitcher Kevin Quackenbush were optioned to Triple-A El Paso.

The Padres take Monday off before starting a quick two-game set at Petco Park on Tuesday against the Minnesota Twins. Jholys Chacin gets the start (as long as he’s not traded at Monday’s deadline) against Jose Berrios.

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<![CDATA[Padres Stay Hot Against the Pirates]]> Sat, 29 Jul 2017 22:07:32 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/184*120/Padres+Handshake+Line.JPG

On Sunday the Padres are going to get infielder Yangervis Solarte and catcher Austin Hedges back from the disabled list. Those two guys are joining a team that’s on a hot streak most people didn’t think it was capable of going on.

The Friars beat the Pirates 4-2 on Saturday night at Petco Park. San Diego has won four straight games and seven of their last 10. Since June 20, when they were a season-high 16 games under .500, the Padres have gone 19-13.

San Diego took the lead with a pair of runs in the 1st inning. Jose Pirela, who was starting at 1st base to give Wil Myers a day off, tripled home Manuel Margot (rookie) to make it 1-0. Pirela hit a pair of triples, the first Padre to triple twice in one game since Nick Hundley in 2011. He scored on a Hector Sanchez double to put the Padres on top 2-0.

In the 4th inning the Friars got another run on a Hunter Renfroe (rookie) double that brought home Cory Spangenberg and scored again in the 5th when Margot launched his 8th homer of the season off the Western Metal Supply Building in left field. Margot continued his torrid week with a 2-for-4 night, giving him five multi-hit games in his last six starts.

On the mound Dinelson Lamet (rookie) did not allow a hit until the 5th inning. He went 6-plus innings and gave up just two runs on two hits and struck out seven to get the win.

Since new closer Brad Hand was unavailable after throwing three straight games, Kirby Yates was on 9th inning duty. He handled it pretty darn well. Yates tossed a perfect 9th with a pair of strikeouts to get his 2nd career Major League save. The last one came when he was a rookie for Tampa Bay in 2014.

The Padres can sweep the Pirates on Sunday when Clayton Richard takes the mound against Gerrit Cole.

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<![CDATA[Padres Trade Three Pitchers To Royals]]> Mon, 24 Jul 2017 16:46:43 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Cahill+TradeWEB.jpg

The Padres traded starting pitcher Trevor Cahill and relievers Brandon Maurer and Ryan Buchter to the Kansas City Royals on Monday, in exchange for two left-handers and a minor league infield prospect.

San Diego received veteran pitchers Travis Wood and Matt Strahm as well as 18-year-old infielder Esteury Ruiz.

Ruiz appears to be the main piece of the trade that Friars general manager AJ Preller coveted.

A native of the Dominican Republic, Ruiz has been tearing up the Arizona Fall League and owns slashes of .419/.440/.779 in 26 games this season.

Standing six-foot tall, Ruiz bats and throws right-handed and is also a perfect 9-for-9 on stolen base attempts.

In 2016 for the Dominican Summer League Royals, Ruiz hit .313 (68-for-217) with 18 doubles, five triples, five home runs, 26 RBI, 44 runs scored and 13 stolen bases in 56 games, playing primarily at second base.

Strahm is out for the year after having undergone knee surgery for a torn patellar tendon earlier in July.

Preller said Monday he is hoping for Strahm to be ready for spring training in February.

Strahm was originally slated as a starter for KC this past off-season but after the Royals made some moves of their own, Royals manager Ned Yost decided to move Strahm to the pen.

Wood has also fluctuated in various roles over his career.

The 30-year-old has spent most of his big league career in the Midwest with the Reds, Cubs and Royals organizations.

Wood was an all-star for Chicago in 2013 and helped the Cubs win the World Series last season by appearing in 77 contests and posting a 2.95 ERA out of the bullpen.

The Padres also promoted infielder Dusty Coleman from Triple-A El Paso and recalled right-handed pitcher Jose Ruiz from Single-A Lake Elsinore to help out their big league club.

There could still be more current Padres on the move in the next few days.

The Major League Baseball trade deadline is next Monday, July 31 at 1 p.m. PT.



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<![CDATA[Padres Take Another Series From Giants]]> Sun, 23 Jul 2017 22:27:16 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/179*120/Padres+Beat+Giants+On+Sunday.JPG

For the better part of a decade the Giants have tormented the Padres. In 2017 that trend has reversed itself.

San Diego won again in San Francisco, this time a 5-2 decision on Sunday to take three of four games at AT&T Park. These teams have played four series this season and the Padres have won all of them.

Wil Myers continued his power surge with a 1st inning home run, his 3rd dinger in the last three games. The 453-foot missile was his 20th of the season and put the Padres on top 1-0.

The Giants tied it in the bottom half on a Buster Posey RBI single but in the 4th inning the Padres strung together some hits against Giants starter Ty Blach. After Myers walked, Blach gave up consecutive doubles to Hunter Renfroe, Jabari Blash and Hector Sanchez, who had a pair of hits to run his season average against his former team up over the .400 mark.

Cory Spangenberg followed with an RBI single to complete a 4-run inning and give the Padres enough of a cushio for Dinelson Lamet. The rookie starter had a nice afternoon, striking out six in 6.2 innings to run his record to 4-4.

In the 9th inning Brad Hand, the All-Star who is going to be one of the most sought-after commodities leading up to the July 31 trade deadline, got a chance in a save situation. He worked a perfect inning without letting a ball out of the infield for his 3rd save of the season.

After playing 13 of their last 16 on the road the Padres start a 9-game home stand on Monday night when the New York Mets open a 4-game set at Petco Park.

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<![CDATA[Three Trades the Padres Should Make]]> Fri, 21 Jul 2017 13:21:19 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Brad+Hand+Delivery.JPG

I hope A.J. Preller has his phone charged. He’s going to be on it a lot.

We are less than two weeks from the Major League Baseball trade deadline and the Padres General Manager is going to be getting a lot of calls on a lot of players. It seems like the entire pitching staff aside from Luis Perdomo and Miguel Diaz is on the block but there are some deals that just make too much sense not to make.

So here are the trades the Padres should pull the trigger on before the 31st:

RHP Trevor Cahill to Cleveland

The Indians have a pair of studs at the top of the rotation and are decent one through three but after that there is a monster drop-off. They have a solid lineup, one of the game’s best bullpens, and serious World Series aspirations. But Cleveland is in an unexpected battle with the Twins in the American League Central and if they got another arm in the rotation they can pull away.

Sonny Gray and Jason Vargas (and maybe Yu Darvish) are the biggest names on the market but since coming off the disabled list Cahill has been really good. His outing on Sunday against the Giants was solid (6.2 IP, 1 ER, 8 K) and he didn’t even have his potentially devastating curve working. Cahill is a cheap addition, too, on just a one year deal. If Preller can pry 19-year-old RHP Triston McKenzie out of Cleveland, which is not too much to ask, this trade is a no-brainer.

INF Yangervis Solarte to Boston

This one hurts. Like, I mean it’s physically painful to write it. I love what Solarte brings to the Padres clubhouse. He’s one of the most likable players in the game and, oh by the way, he’s a heck of a ballplayer.

But the Red Sox need a 3rd baseman and they need one in a bad way. Pablo Sandoval ate his way out of Boston and there is no serviceable replacement on the big league roster. Todd Frazier is off the market, making Solarte the top available infielder capable of playing the corner. The fact Frazier and some effective relievers went to the Yankees puts the Sox in a tough spot.

This, of course, is continguent on Yan coming off the disabled list from his oblique injury in time to put on a quick showcase but he is expected back by the end of the month.

Odds are there is still bad blood between these teams after the Drew Pomeranz trade but when the Red Sox have a chance to win now they go all in. Solarte’s team-friendly contract make him more valuable so a package of prospects including 3B Rafael Devers, a 20-year-old masher who was promoted to Triple-A and went deep twice in his first six games, a good deal for both clubs.

LHP Brad Hand to Houston

One of the very few weak spots for the Astros is the bullpen. That’s why they’ve been asking the Orioles about Zach Britton. But I’m thinking the Dodgers are going to get Britton even though they don’t need him, leaving Hand as the best reliever available.

Houston has been scoring runs at a historic rate but Carlos Correa will be out for a few weeks with a thumb injury so run prevention will have to be a bigger emphasis. Hand has turned in to one of the most reliable and versatile relievers in baseball, able to go multiple innings and get both lefties and righties out. The problem for Houston will be how much they have to part with to get him.

Preller is looking for a big haul for a guy who’s 27 years old and under team control for the next two years so Houston will have to part with a package that includes at least one of their top pitching prospects (Francis Martes, David Paulino and Forrest Whitley are all in the MLB.com Top-100 list) and a big league-ready talent.

The other guys who are possibilities to move are relievers Kirby Yates and Craig Stammen and starting pitcher Jhoulys Chacin but they would not get the same kind of return as the three players mentioned above would.

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<![CDATA[Rockies Crush Padres To Finish Off Sweep]]> Wed, 19 Jul 2017 20:42:38 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/RichardSanchezWEB.jpg

To say Colorado simply swept the Padres or that San Diego just had a bad game would be too big of an understatement.

The Rockies blasted the Friars 18-4 to finish off a sweep of their division rivals.

Wednesday’s matinee got so out of hand, the Rockies scored in every single inning except the eighth (Thank you Kirby Yates) and the ninth.

Plus, the reason Colorado didn’t need to bat in the final frame was because the Rockies already had the lead and were playing at home.

This was a downright ugly game for the Friars.

Starting pitcher Clayton Richard gave up 11 runs (10 earned) and did not finish the fourth inning.

Rockies All-Star Nolan Arenado was not a one-man wrecking crew by any means but he had one of his best days as a pro thanks to his scorching bat.

The third baseman went 5-for-6 with three homers, two singles and seven RBI.

All-Star outfielder Charlie Blackmon and Trevor Story also went yard for the Rockies to really put things out of reach.

San Diego trailed 13-0 before Jabari Blash’s base hit in the sixth scored rookie Carlos Asuaje and put the Friars on the board.

A few batters later, Cory Spangenberg added a three-run blast to trim the deficit to 13-4 but the game was already a lost cause.

The Rockies are in second place but still trail the Dodgers by 11 games in the National League West.

The Friars will try to regroup in San Francisco when they continue their road trip Thursday against the Giants.

Jhoulys Chacin is scheduled to start opposite Madison Bumgarner at 7:15 p.m.



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<![CDATA[Sanchez Excels But Padres Falter In Colorado]]> Mon, 17 Jul 2017 22:02:48 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/RockiesPadsWEB.jpg

For the third straight day, Hector Sanchez started at catcher.

And for the third consecutive outing, the switch-hitter smashed a home run.

Unfortunately for the Padres, this time Hector’s heroics came in a loss as his team had trouble keeping up with their division opponents in Colorado.

The Rockies tapped out 11 hits and tagged Padres starter Luis Perdomo for seven runs in the first three innings Monday night on their way to a 9-6 win over San Diego.

Padres catcher Austin Hedges sat out again as a precaution after taking a foul ball off his catcher’s mask during Friday’s game.

Manager Andy Green originally had Hedges in the starting lineup Monday but later decided to hold out his starting catcher for at least one more day.

Green added that he hopes to have Hedges back in action later this week.

His understudy batted cleanup for the second straight day and again Sanchez gave the offense a boost.

San Diego trailed 8-3 in the eighth inning when Sanchez smacked a solo shot to right field to start a late rally.

The 27-year-old from Venezuela had hit a walk-off two-run homer Saturday night against the Giants and then crushed a three-run bomb in the first inning of Sunday’s 7-1 victory over his former team.

This time his home run trot did not give his team the lead, but it did help the Friars climb back into the contest.

Before the eighth inning ended, Jose Pirela scored on a sacrifice fly and Allen Cordoba added a RBI single to cut the deficit to 8-6.

But Colorado added an insurance run before Greg Holland closed the door in the ninth to register the save.

Another bright spot was Jabari Blash who is getting more playing time while everyday right fielder Hunter Renfroe recuperates on the disabled list with a strained neck.

Blash crushed a two-run homer in the second inning to give the Padres a brief 2-1 lead.

But Perdomo faltered in the third inning and Padres manager Andy Green decided to give him a quick hook.

Reliever Craig Stammen entered and tried to put out the fire but Colorado tacked on one more run and took a 7-2 lead into the fourth inning.

Wil Myers usually plays well at Coors Field but he struggled at the plate.

The 2016 All-star struck out four times and finished 0-for-5 with a groundout.

Despite the loss, San Diego has still won 7 of its last 11 ball games.

Rookie Dinelson Lamet is scheduled to start Tuesday against the Rockies.

Colorado counters with Antonio Senzatela.

First pitch is slated for 5:40 p.m. at Coors Field.



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<![CDATA[Padres Place Renfroe on Disabled List]]> Fri, 14 Jul 2017 14:24:02 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/183*120/Hunter+Renfroe+Swinging.JPG

The Padres return from baseball’s 4-day All-Star break with a weekend series against the Giants that starts Friday night at Petco Park. Rookie outfielder Hunter Renfroe will not be in the lineup for any of those games.

Renfroe landed on the 10-day disabled list (retroactive to July 10) with a strained neck. He felt something tighten in his neck while hitting a double in the 7th inning of last Saturday’s game in Philadelphia and was removed from the lineup. Renfroe is tied for the team lead with 16 home runs and is 2nd on the club with 39 RBI.

The Padres recalled outfielder Jabari Blash from Triple-A El Paso to fill the roster spot.

San Diego also placed relief pitcher Kirby Yates on the paternity list so he could join his wife Ashlee for the birth of their first child. Fellow reliever Jose Valdez was brought up from El Paso while Yates is away.

For Friday night’s game the Padres will hand the ball to left-hander Clayton Richard, one of the many Friars who will likely pop up in trade rumors for the next few weeks. The Giants go with former All-Star Johnny Cueto.

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<![CDATA[To Tank Or Not To Tank]]> Mon, 10 Jul 2017 16:16:00 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/182*120/Andy+Green+Brown+Uniform.JPG

NBC 7’s Derek Togerson takes a look at the Padres losing a lot of games in the second half in this commentary

At the 2017 All-Star break the San Diego Padres are in 4th place in the National League West with a 38-50 record. But they have been playing well of late.

If you break the 88 games they’ve played in half you find they went 15-29 in their first 44 and a much-improved 23-21 over the second 44. Obviously, they’re doing it wrong.

At least that’s what many Padres fans believe. There is a growing movement urging the Padres to tank the rest of the season, meaning lose as many games as possible to try and improve their draft status and acquire more, better, younger players with higher ceilings and more chance for prolonged Major League success.

It’s basically what the Astros did and right about now it looks like it’s working out pretty well for Houston, another franchise like the Padres that does not have the financial clout to sign a bunch of guys to 9-figure contracts like the Cubs, Yankees and Red Sox.

The idea makes sense. The Padres are not going to compete with the Dodgers or Diamondbacks or Rockies and get back in to playoff contention this season. So winning a bunch of games in the second half of the year to get to the middle of the pack and obtaining a WORSE draft position does not seem like a very good strategy.

But there is something else to consider. Several of the guys the Padres are expecting to be the nucleus of the team when it gets in to perennial playoff contention are already up with the big league club and playing pretty well. Catcher Austin Hedges, centerfielder Manuel Margot, right fielder Hunter Renfroe and starting pitcher Dinelson Lamet, just to name a few, are showing signs of being really good Major Leaguers.

Here is where the problem lies.

If those guys (along with Wil Myers, who is still only 26 years old) are going to be the leaders of the Padres success they have to know how to win because they will be the ones to teach the waves of younger players to come up how to win. So the questions are:

1)    Do you actively stunt the growth of the guys already in The Show for the sake of adding more talent?
2)    When do you have enough talent in the system to stop trying to get good draft slots and start trying to win every single game you play?
3)    Where are the Padres in all of this?

The answer to the first one is for a while, yes. Just look at Jose Altuve. The Astros 2nd baseman was up in 2011 and went through three consecutive 100-plus-loss seasons and he turned out to be pretty good. Sometimes you just have to take the lumps for the end product.

The answer to the second one is much more problematic. The Padres have re-vamped their system with more than 50 international signings and another 60-plus draft picks, plus a handful of high-value trade acquisitions the last few years and yet they still are very likely nowhere near where they need to be talent-wise.

That brings us to the answer to the third one, which is no chance. They’ll get there when they have multiple top-notch prospects at every level of the system and right now they are simply not there. If General Manager A.J. Preller and his squad keep up this pace for the next two years and some of these guys start to pan out then San Diego will be at the point where they stop courting losses and start despising them.

And I know there is a caveat to the whole draft and international signing thing. I’ve touted it myself many times. For every Ken Griffey Jr. there is a Matt Bush (both #1 overall picks). You can find a Cy Young Award winner with the 7th overall pick (Clayton Kershaw) or in the 7th round (Dallas Keuchel). In 2009 Mike Trout was the 6th outfielder selected.

Basically the point is, although there is a history of the #1 overall pick panning out with greater frequency (24 of the first 48 became All-Stars) the MLB Draft is an inexact science, more so than any other sport. Remember four of the overall first picks that did NOT become All-Stars were taken by the Padres. Talent can be found anywhere at any time. Jake Peavy in the 15th round, anyone? Sure I’ll take that.

But as it stands now the Padres are in tank mode, something that will become even clearer as the trade deadline looms and some of the veterans they have on the roster are sent away for even more young talent.

Given their strategy it’s probably the right thing to do. So enjoy the small successes the Padres are having in 2017 and root for the youngsters to play well and learn … but lose a lot of games. They’re 8.5 games back of the Phillies for the worst record in baseball and need to make up some ground.

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<![CDATA[Padres Fall Short of Sweep]]> Sun, 09 Jul 2017 14:03:51 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/184*120/Phillies+HR.JPG

The last time the Padres swept a series in Philadelphia was the last year the Padres went to the World Series. So seeing as how the Friars have been pretty bad at completing sweeps (just two this season) and at winning on Sundays (4-8 in 2017) it was probably asking a little much for San Diego to win three straight this weekend.

The Padres lost to the Phillies 7-1 in the last game before the All-Star break. San Diego starter Trevor Cahill had eight strikeouts in 5.0 innings but was also touched up by the long ball. Cahill gave up homers to Nick Williams, Cameron Rupp and Freddy Galvis as the Phillies built a 4-0 lead.

Philly kept swinging it against the Padres bullpen. Odubel Herrera went deep off Crain Stammen in the 6th and in the 7th, rookie reliever Phil Maton surrendered back-to-back dingers to Aaron Altherr and Galvis. Philadelphia’s six home runs are one shy of their single-game franchise record.

The Padres, meanwhile, had the same number of hits (seven) but six of them were singles. Their only run came in the 9th inning on a sacrifice fly by Hector Sanchez. The Padres hit the All-Star break with a 38-50 record but there is reason for excitement.

They went 4-2 on their road trip through Philly and Cleveland and after a bad start to the season they’ve played much better. In their first 44 games the Friars were 15-29. In their last 44 games they’ve gone 23-21.

Everyone not named Brad Hand gets a four-day break before starting a weekend series against the last-place Giants at Petco Park on Friday, July 14.

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<![CDATA[Asuaje Leads Padres To Third Straight Win]]> Wed, 05 Jul 2017 20:47:17 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/AsuajeJuly5thWEB.jpg

San Diego’s offense appeared to be stuck in neutral halfway through Wednesday’s game in Cleveland.

But thanks to Carlos Asuaje and Jose Pirela, the Padres got back on track against Indians starter Trevor Bauer.

Asuaje collected two RBI singles and a double to help the Padres build a 4-2 lead.

Pirela also added three hits, including a RBI triple off the right-centerfield wall in the fifth inning.

Cory Spangenberg provided some insurance with a two-run homer in the top of the seventh.

That capped the scoring and proved to be enough firepower to help Luis Perdomo and the bullpen close out the Padres third straight victory, 6-2.

Throughout the evening, Asuaje also showed some defensive prowess. He helped turn two double plays and collected seven putouts on grounders to the right side of the infield.

The Indians tried to rally, but Hunter Renfroe saved a run from scoring in the eighth inning when he gunned out Jose Ramirez after a single by Yan Gomes.

Cleveland never threatened again.

Perdomo worked five innings and allowed only two runs (one earned).

The right-hander struck out four batters and tiptoed around nine hits to improve to 4-4 on the year.

Rookie pitcher Phil Maton continued his dominance racking up three more strikeouts in 1.2 scoreless innings.

After that, Padres All-Star Brad Hand and teammate Craig Stammen finished the last two frames to keep the Indians at bay.

Friars rookie Dinelson Lamet toes the rubber Thursday when the visitors try to finish off a sweep.

Cleveland will send Josh Tomlin to the mound for the first pitch which is scheduled for 4:10 p.m.



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<![CDATA[Padres Sign 25 More International Players]]> Wed, 05 Jul 2017 15:32:29 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/184*120/Preller+Padres+Scouts.JPG

In 2016 the Padres went bonkers on the international signing market, spending darn near $80 million (including taxes) on new young talent.

In doing that they knew they would be restricted in the 2017 international signing period, meaning they could not give any single player more than a $300,000 signing bonus. Obviously that did not deter the Friars from adding more talent to their system.

The new signing period started on July 2nd and according to Baseball America San Diego has already added 25 international players from five different countries. The 25 signees are tied with the Dodgers for 2nd-most in baseball so far, one player behind the 26 the Astros have agreed with.

Most of their additions came from Venezuela (12 signees) but they also made a heavy push in Mexico, adding six players from our neighbors to the south (five of them pitchers).

The full list of Padres signings through July 5th looks like this:

Manuel Partida, LHP, Mexico
Brandon Valenzuela, C, Mexico
Omar Cruz, LHP, Mexico
Alan Mundo, RHP, Mexico
Alfredo Castaneda, RHP, Mexico
Sergio Carrizosa, RHP, Mexico
Frank Lopez, RHP, Venezuela
Angel Solarte, OF, Venezuela
Emmanuelle Guerra, SS, Venezuela
Matias Polanco, C, Venezuela
Yerri Landines, SS, Venezuela
Laurbert Arias, RHP, Venezuela
Jesus Cisneros, RHP, Venezuela
Mauricio Rodriguez, RHP, Venezuela
Carlos Guarate, RHP, Venezuela
Jesus Gonzalez, LHP, Venezuela
Nick Rios, LHP, Venezuela
Miguel Rondon, RHP, Venezuela
Yeison Santana, SS, Dominican Republic
Luis Paez, SS, Dominican Republic
Cristian Heredia, OF, Dominican Republic
Julio de la Cruz, SS/OF, Dominican Republic
Junior Perez, OF, Dominican Republic
Edgar Martinez, RHP, Cuba
Jarryd Dale, SS, Australia

That last name on the list is intriguing. Jarryd Dale is a 16-year-old playing in the Australian Baseball League against grown men. In fact one of his teammates with the first place Melbourne Aces was Jeremy Guthrie, the right-handed starter who was briefly with the Padres organization and pitched in the World Series for the Kansas City Royals.

In 24 games against adults Dale, who is already physically imposing at 6-foot-2 and 180 pounds at the age of 16, has a home run and 10 RBI. His father Phil Dale was an Olympian for Australia and pitched in the Reds organization.

The international signing period is open until next June so the Padres are likely to add more players to the system in the coming months.

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<![CDATA[Padres Blank Indians In Cahill’s Return]]> Tue, 04 Jul 2017 20:53:04 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/214*120/CahillJuly4thWEB.jpg

San Diego’s Trevor Cahill returned from the disabled list and held his own against former Cy Young winner Cory Kluber Tuesday afternoon.

The Indians ace struck out nine batters over eight frames and Cahill punched out four while navigating his way through 4.1 shutout innings.

But the Friars managed to scrape across one run against Kluber and San Diego’s bullpen did the rest to cement a 1-0 Padres victory.

The lone run came in the fifth, when Cory Spangenberg grounded into a fielder's choice and it was enough to score Padres designated hitter Hector Sanchez.

A huge turning point came in the second inning with one out and the Indians threatening with a runner on third base.

Lonnie Chisenhall bounced one back to Cahill who promptly took the out at first.

Jose Ramirez was cheating down the third base line and decided to head for home when he saw Cahill throw to Wil Myers. It turned out to be a bad decision.

Myers whipped the ball to Padres catcher Austin Hedges who applied the tag in time to complete a rare "1-3-2" double play.

Cahill tossed 85 pitches before Padres skipper Andy Green decided to give the righty the rest of the night off.

The Oceanside native and Vista high school product was making his first start since May 13th after suffering a right shoulder strain.

The Padres bullpen helped Cahill out after he left the mound.

Five San Diego relievers combined to go 4.2 scoreless innings and allowed only one measly hit while striking out seven batters.

Jose Torres finished the fifth inning to earn the victory while Kirby Yates and Ryan Buchter each held the fort for three outs apiece.

All-Star Brad Hand then stuck out the side in the eighth before closer Brandon Maurer notched his 17th save.

Kluber pitched brilliantly but Cleveland’s offense gave him zero run support against his former franchise. He was a 4th round pick by the Padres back in 2007.

San Diego sends Luis Perdomo to the hill on Wednesday while the Tribe counters with Trevor Bauer.

First pitch from Cleveland is scheduled for 4:10 p.m.



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<![CDATA[Padres' Hand Earns All-Star Nod]]> Sun, 02 Jul 2017 18:46:45 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Brad+Hand+Delivery.JPG

In April of 2016 the Padres needed another pitcher because Matt Thornton went on the disabled list so they plucked a little-known left-hander off waivers from the Marlins.

Less than a year and a half later Brad Hand is an All-Star.

It's the first career All-Star selection for Hand, who is the only Padre going to Miami for the game. The former waiver claim traded in his curve ball for a slider and became one of the best relievers in the game.

Over the last two seasons only ALCS Most Valuable Player Andrew Miller has more strikeouts as a relief pitcher than Hand does. What will make him even more attractive to National League manager Joe Maddon of the Cubs in the Midsummer Classic is Hand is as versatile as they come. He can be a long reliever or even a closer.

Of course, a guy like this is drawing all kinds of trade interest so he could take the same route Drew Pomeranz did last year. You may recall Pomeranz was a San Diego All-Star before being traded to the Red Sox right after pitching in the ASG at Petco Park. The possibility of Hand being dealt in his first All-Star season is very real.

Here is the entire list of 2017 All-Stars and Final Vote candidates (starters in bold):

AMERICAN LEAGUE

PITCHERS
Dellin Betances, NYY
Yu Darvish, TEX
Michael Fulmer, DET
Dallas Keuchel, HOU
Craig Kimbrel, BOS
Corey Kluber, CLE
Lance McCullers Jr., HOU
Andrew Miller, CLE
Chris Sale, BOS
Ervin Santana, MIN
Luis Severino, NYY
Jason Vargas, KC
CATCHERS (2)
Salvador Perez, KC
Gary Sanchez, NYY
INFIELDERS (9)
Yonder Alonso, OAK
Jose Altuve, HOU
Starlin Castro, NYY
Carlos Correa, HOU
Francisco Lindor, CLE
José Ramirez, CLE
Miguel Sano, MIN
Jonathan Schoop, BAL
Justin Smoak, SEA
OUTFIELDERS (6)
Mookie Betts, BOS
Michael Brantley, CLE
Avisaíl Garcia, CWS
Aaron Judge, NYY
George Springer, HOU
Mike Trout, LAA

DESIGNATED HITTERS (2)
Nelson Cruz, SEA
Corey Dickerson, TB

2017 ESURANCE MLB ALL-STAR GAME AL FINAL VOTE CANDIDATES:
SS Elvis Andrus, TEX
SS Xander Bogaerts, BOS
SS Didi Gregorius, NYY
1B Logan Morrison, TB
3B Mike Moustakas, KC

NATIONAL LEAGUE

PITCHERS (12)
Wade Davis, CHI
Zack Greinke, AZ
Brad Hand, SD
Greg Holland, COL
Kenley Jansen, LAD
Clayton Kershaw, LAD
Corey Knebel, MIL
Carlos Martinez, STL
Pat Neshek, PHI
Robbie Ray, AZ
Max Scherzer, WAS
Stephen Strasburg, WAS
CATCHERS (2)
Yadier Molina, STL
Buster Posey, SF
INFIELDERS (10)
Nolan Arenado, COL
Zack Cozart, CIN

Paul Goldschmidt, AZ
Josh Harrison, PIT
Jake Lamb, AZ
D.J. LeMahieu, COL
Daniel Murphy, WAS
Corey Seager, LAD
Joey Votto, CIN
Ryan Zimmerman, WAS
OUTFIELDERS (7)
Cody Bellinger, LAD
Charlie Blackmon, COL
Michael Conforto, NYM
Bryce Harper, WAS
Ender Inciarte, ATL
Marcell Ozuna, MIA
Giancarlo Stanton, MIA

2017 ESURANCE MLB ALL-STAR GAME NL FINAL VOTE CANDIDATES:
1B Justin Bour, MIA
3B Kris Bryant, CHI
3B Anthony Rendon, WSH
1B Mark Reynolds, COL
3B Justin Turner, LAD

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<![CDATA[Padres Salvage Game Against Dodgers]]> Sun, 02 Jul 2017 17:42:02 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/167*120/Jose+Pirela+Single.JPG

The last time the Padres had a lead in a game against the Dodgers was May 6 when they were up 2-1 at Petco Park. They lost that game, then the next three games against L.A. by a combined score of 35-6.

It took them 19 innings in their latest series but the Padres finally got a lead against their rivals and were able to turn it in to a 5-3 win.

Manny Margot got the Padres over the hump when he launched a solo home run to centerfield off Dodgers starter Kenta Maeda in the 1st inning to put San Diego on top 1-0.

The Friars padded the lead in the 2nd inning. Erick Aybar was hit by a pitch trying to bunt for a base hit then went to 3rd on a single by Carlos Asuaje. After Luis Torrens walked, pitcher Jhoulys Chacin grounded in to a double play to bring home Aybar for a 2-0 lead.

Then the Padres did something they have not done much of in 2017: hit with two outs and runners in scoring position. San Diego entered the day with the worst offense in baseball in that situation. So it was quite the surprise when Jose Pirela roped a double to the left-centerfield gap to bring home Asuaje and Margot traded places with Pirela to make it a 4-0 game.

The 2-out RBI merry-go-round kept spinning in the 4th inning. Catcher Luis Torrens was on 3rd base with two outs when Pirela delivered another line drive single to give the Padres a 5-0 advantage and although he was not sharp by any means, Chacin kept the Dodgers offense in check.

Chacin threw 5.0 shutout innings but needed 107 pitches to do it. He allowed four hits and struck out six but also walked three and hit a pair of Dodgers hitters. The Dodgers got two runs back in the 6th inning on a single, a walk and a double by Corey Seager to make it 5-2. Rookie reliever Phil Maton was tagged with the runs, the first earned runs he has allowed since his big league call up. L.A. made it a 2-run game in the 7th when Yasmani Grandal hit a solo home run off Ryan Buchter.

That is as close as they got. Brandon Maurer preserved the win with a scoreless 9th inning, giving the Padres a winning homestand. They take Monday off and play the Indians in Cleveland on July 4th.

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<![CDATA[Dodgers Slam Padres Again]]> Sun, 02 Jul 2017 01:00:43 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/181*120/Chris+Taylor+Slam.JPG

After Friday night’s little disagreement at Petco Park, Major League Baseball decided to suspend Dodgers Manager Dave Roberts for one game after a physical altercation with Padres Manager Andy Green.

So Roberts missed out on seeing his team get another lopsided win over San Diego.

The Dodgers hit three home runs, including their second grand slam of the series, in an 8-0 blowout on Saturday in the East Village.

The Padres gave Dillon Overton, just called up from El Paso, his first start with his new team. It did not last long. Overton allowed four runs in 4.2 innings to take the loss. Two of those runs came on solo homers by Corey Seager and Justin Turner, who went back-to-back in the 5th inning.

Los Angeles put it completely out of reach in the 7th inning when Chris Taylor hit a 4-run homer off Padres reliever Craig Stammen to make it 8-0. The Padres were not going to dig out of that hole against L.A. starter Rich Hill, who struck out 11 batters in 7.0 shutout innings and gave up just four hits (two of those to rookie outfielder Manny Margot).

The Dodgers try to sweep the series on Sunday afternoon when Kenta Maeda takes the hill against Jhoulys Chacin.

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<![CDATA[Tigers Avoid Being Swept by Padres]]> Sun, 25 Jun 2017 16:54:43 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/222*120/Myers+Tagged+Out+Tigers.JPG

On Sunday at Petco Park the Padres had a pair of leads against the Tigers but lost them both. Detroit was only on top once but they made it count, scoring a pair of runs in the 9th inning to avoid a sweep with a 7-5 win.

The Padres got on the board in the first inning when Wil Myers hammered his 15th home run of the season off Tigers starter Jordan Zimmermann. San Diego scored again in the 2nd inning on a solo shot from Erick Aybar, a single by Hunter Renfroe and a triple by Matt Szczur that increased the lead to 3-0.

In the 4th inning Padres lefty Clayton Richard started to leak oil. Detroit got on the board, scoring three runs on two doubles, a triple and single to tie the game 3-3.

The Padres got two of those runs back in the bottom half. Richard dropped down a safety squeeze to bring in Aybar and make it 4-2. Jose Pirela followed with a ground-rule double to plate Renfroe and San Diego was up 5-3.

But in the 6th inning Richard had trouble keeping the ball in the park. Nicholas Castellanos ripped a 2-run shot to the opposite field and it was knotted 5-5. This situation would normally favor the Padres since Detroit has the worst bullpen ERA in Major League Baseball.

But this time it was the San Diego relievers (ranked 24th in baseball in ERA) that gave it up. In the 9th inning Brandon Maurer gave up double to Ian Kinsler then walked Justin Upton, who both moved up on a dribbler by J.D Martinez. Both runners scored on a single on a 3-2 pitch by Mikie Mahtook to bring in the game-winning runs.

San Diego takes Monday off then starts a 3-game set at Petco Park against the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday.

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<![CDATA[Padres Beat Tigers With Late Offense]]> Sat, 24 Jun 2017 22:47:51 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/167*120/Hector+Sanchez+Home+Run+Tigers.JPG

In their previous four baseball games the Padres offense had only scored six total runs. That makes what happened in the 8th inning Saturday night at Petco Park all the more remarkable.

San Diego scored five times in the 8th in a come-from-behind 7-3 win over the Tigers. The Friars can sweep the Motor City Kitties on Sunday afternoon.

The Padres got on the board in the 3rd inning when Dinelson Lamet bunted right back to Tigers starter Anibal Sanchez, who threw wide of 3rd base trying to cut down Chase d’Arnaud. The ball sailed down the left field line and d’Arnaud scored to make it 1-0.

The bad news is the reason d’Arnaud was in the game. Allen Cordoba is probably out for a while. Cordoba, a Rule 5 draftee who had worked his way in to steady playing time in the outfield and was getting more reps at his natural shortstop position, was hit on the hand by a Sanchez pitch. The Padres are calling it a left hand contusion but Cordoba was in obvious pain as he left the field.

Detroit got a pair of runs off Lamet in the 5th inning on an RBI double and a groundout and the Padres tied it again in the 6th when Wil Myers brought in Jose Pirela with a sacrifice fly.

In the 7th inning Justin Upton led off with a double and manager Andy Green decided to go get Lamet, who had only thrown 78 pitches and struck out five. In came fellow rookie Phil Maton, who gave up a weakly hit infield single to Nicholas Castellanos and a line drive single to Andrew Romine that brought in Upton to give the Tigers a 3-2 lead.

Maton got the next three hitters in order to keep it a 1-run game, which was important because Detroit has the worst bullpen ERA in the Major Leagues and the Padres made it worse.

In the 8th Hector Sanchez detonated a Shane Green pitch for a 2-run, pinch-hit home run and a 4-3 lead. Then the Friars piled on. A single and two walks loaded the bases and Cory Spangenberg dumped a single to right field to bring in two more runs.

Just to be sure it was out of reach catcher Austin Hedges bunted for a base hit that allowed Hunter Renfroe (who had walked) to score with the final run of the game.

Clayton Richard tries to complete the sweep on Sunday against Detroit right-hander Jordan Zimmermann.

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<![CDATA[Padres Lose Solarte to Injury]]> Fri, 23 Jun 2017 18:35:23 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/160*128/Solarte+Wrigley+Field.JPG

We have good news and bad news for the Padres. I’m one of those who likes to start with the bad news so we can end on a positive so it pains me to say the Friars had to put a promising young pitcher and their emotional leader on the disabled list on Friday.

Infielder Yangervis Solarte and right-handed pitcher Miguel Diaz are both on the 10-day DL. Solarte has an oblique muscle strain and Diaz has a strain in his pitching forearm. To take their places on the roster catcher Hector Sanchez was removed from the disabled list and infielder Carlos Asuaje was recalled from El Paso.

Solarte has been swinging one of the hottest bats on the team with 17 hits in his last 12 games before suffering the injury on Tuesday in Chicago. Diaz was hurt the next day at Wrigley Field.

But, we do get to temper that with something positive. The Padres wasted no time is signing their top draft pick.

High school lefty MacKenzie Gore has agreed to a contract. He'll get about a $6.7 million dollar bonus, right in line with the recommended money for the 3rd overall pick. Gore will sign the deal before Saturday night’s game with the Tigers at Petco Park.

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<![CDATA[Padres 'Pen Preserves Win in Chicago]]> Wed, 21 Jun 2017 15:48:08 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/172*120/Maurer+Save+in+Chicago.JPG

After sweeping the Cubs at Petco Park in May the Padres avoided getting swept by the defending World Series champs at Wrigley Field.

San Diego topped Chicago 3-2 on Wednesday afternoon despite an abbreviated start and getting just two extra-base hits, one of them by a relief pitcher.

Miguel Diaz got the start for the Padres and threw just 43 pitches when he was lifted in the 3rd inning with what was called a right (pitching arm) forearm strain. His prognosis was not immediately known after the game but his exit meant the Padres bullpen was going to have a long day.

Up first was Craig Stammen, who allowed a 2-run home run to Ian Happ in the 4th inning to put the Cubs up 2-0. It was the 2nd hit the Chicago offense had and turned out to be its final hit of the game. After that Ryan Buchter, Phil Maton, Brad Hand and Brandon Maurer combined for 4.0 perfect innings.

Meanwhile the San Diego offense started chipping away. In the 5th inning Stammen doubled and scored on a single by Jose Pirela to cut the lead to 2-1. In the 6th Erick Aybar rode one out off of Cubs reliever Brian Duensing to tie it 2-2.

Their final run came in the 8th inning in quite the improbable fashion. San Diego loaded the bases on a pair of singles and an intentional walk and with two outs, in stepped Rule 5 draftee Luis Torrens. The kid who just turned 21 in May was facing All-Star reliever Koji Uehara and he worked a walk to bring in Wil Myers with what turned out to be the winning run.

The timing gave another rookie, Phil Maton, his first MLB win. Maton has not been scored on in his first six big league appearances. Maton is expected to someday take over as the Padres closer. Maurer, the current closer, got the final two outs to notch his 13th save of the season.

The Padres take Thursday off then start a 3-game set against the Tigers at Petco Park on Friday night. Rookie Dinelson Lamet gets the start against Michael Fulmer.

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<![CDATA[No Retaliation on Rizzo; Padres Silenced By Cubs]]> Tue, 20 Jun 2017 21:20:39 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/RizzoNoRetaliation.jpg

Well that was deflating.

Rarely does a Tuesday regular season game in June between a fourth place team (the Padres) and a club barely over .500 (the Cubs) garner so much attention.

But one day after Chicago first baseman Anthony Rizzo barreled into Austin Hedges and injured the Padres catcher in a controversial collision at the plate, many fans expected San Diego to retaliate.

On Monday, Padres manager Andy Green called Rizzo’s decision to “deviate from the pathway” to home plate and hit his catcher “egregious” and “a cheap shot."

Cubs manager Jim Maddon defended his player’s decision and sounded convinced that Rizzo had done nothing wrong.

San Diego sports talk radio and social media was a buzz all day leading up to the first pitch with many fans wondering if Jhoulys Chacin would plunk Rizzo right out the gate.

It was clear there was a “to bean, or not to bean,” question lingering over the rematch with the potential for a baseball brawl after what transpired in the series opener.

Especially once word leaked out that Major League Baseball informed both clubs that Rizzo did violate the home-plate collision rule but that he would not be suspended.

The first pitch by Chacin to Rizzo (the Cubs new leadoff hitter) in the bottom of the first inning was taken low for a ball.

The second one made contact.

Contact with Rizzo’s bat.

The baseball landed over the centerfield ivy and the Cubs took an immediate 1-0 lead as Rizzo trotted around the bases after slugging his 17th homer of the season.

A fan base looking for a response – or at least something to get excited about other than which high draft pick could be multiple years away from the show – instead had to stomach a disheartening, 4-0 loss in which the Padres managed just four measly singles and a double.

Before the rematch Tuesday, Green went on San Diego’s 1090 AM radio station and stated the Padres would not seek retaliation for the Rizzo-Hedges crash.

"What do you accomplish by hitting somebody? You accomplish nothing," Green said. "You put a man on first base, and you give them an opportunity to win a baseball game. ... I think it's absolutely asinine to even take that approach."

After Tuesday’s defeat, Chacin admitted that Green “asked me to give my word I wouldn’t hit (Rizzo) on purpose.”

Green and Chacin stayed true to their word, but a number of Padres fans were pretty outspoken on social media that the Padres missed a giant opportunity to make a statement and standup for their catcher.

On top of that, Hedges did not play Tuesday as a precaution after suffering that thigh bruise during Monday’s collision.

Luis Torrens served as the starting backstop and collected two of the team’s base hits.

Chacin finished with just two earned runs allowed on five hits in six innings but with no run support he saw his record fall to 6-6 with the loss.

In other injury news, Yangervis Solarte was pulled from the starting lineup after hurting his left oblique taking a swing before the game.

Chase D’Arnaud started in Solarte’s place and batted cleanup.

Green implied that Solarte is headed to the disabled list and that the club has multiple options to pick his replacement from Triple-A El Paso.

The recently demoted Ryan Schimpf and rookie Carlos Asuaje would be prime candidates to be recalled to take Solarte’s active roster spot.

Wednesday’s getaway game at Wrigley Field begins at 11:10 a.m.

San Diego sends Miguel Diaz to the mound while the Cubs will hand the ball to Eddie Butler.



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