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James Shields Finally Gets Padres Run Support

James Shields insisted that he would just keep doing his part and not blaming the offense for the first 0-4 start in his career. While he didn’t need to provide his own offense ala Clayton Kershaw on Sunday for the Dodgers, the Padres provided two runs in the first inning that ended up being all […] James Shields Finally Gets Padres Run Support - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Gaslamp Ball Apr 27, 2016

James Shields can't catch a break

And a single run proves insurmountable. There are a few ways to enable a loss in baseball world. Giving up a lot of runs is always gives you a good chance, but scoring no runs is a sure-fire guarantee.  After fighting an uphill battle against the Giants Monday, the Padres were handed another loss in the form of 1-0. Even then, that's not to say the game was all bad. In Padres fashion, our consolation today was a stellar pitching effort by James Shields, which is something that isn't to be taken for granted. Shields gave up zero home runs, albeit he was pitching in a cold AT&T park, but...
Friars on Base Apr 27, 2016

James Shields Pitches Great in Padres Loss

Another night, another Padres shut-out. Yet dig a little deeper and this was no ordinary shut-out. James Shields pitched seven innings, allowing just three hits and one measly run. That run was enough for the Giants Johnny Cueto, who went the distance and kept the Padres scoreless despite several scoring chances. Shields has now gone […] James Shields Pitches Great in Padres Loss - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Gaslamp Ball Apr 27, 2016

Padres Preview: 4/26 Cash looks to scrounge win against Giants

It's Andrew Cashner against former teammate Jeff Samardzija in the series finale in San Francisco. Another one-run loss has the Padres mired in a 4 game losing streak that started on Saturday. Since the Padres have won the last 3 games a resurgent Cashner has started, the Padres will look to get back on track against the right-handed Jeff Samardzija. After a relatively disastrous start to the season, Andrew Cashner has gotten back on track with only one run allowed over his last two starts. He'll be put to the test against a Giants lineup that is rarely short on offensive power and has a...
Gaslamp Ball Apr 27, 2016

Injury Report: Austin Hedges has a broken hamate

He'll be out at least 6 to 8 weeks. This spring, it looked like the Padres might put three catchers on the 25-man roster. Derek Norris was obviously the lead man for the job, but Christian Bethancourt and Austin Hedges both made impressive cases. But Hedges needed more development time and Bethancourt was out of options, so the former got sent back to El Paso. And it seemed like things were going well for Hedges there. He was hitting .333/.385/.583 in ten games for the Chihuahuas. Emphasis on was. On Saturday he was placed on the 7-day disabled list with a hand contusion (that's...
NoNoHitters.com Apr 26, 2016

Shields takes Padres no-no into the 5th

The San Diego Padres’ James Shields took a no-hitter against the San Francisco Giants into the fifth inning on Tuesday night, falling 15 outs short of tossing the first no-no in franchise history. With nobody out in the fifth, Shields gave up a Brandon Crawford single up the middle for the Padres’ 7,511th game with …
Gaslamp Ball Apr 26, 2016

Padres Preview: 04/26 James Shields seeks his first win of the season

Pitching matchup for game 2 at AT&T Park. A year ago, in his first season in San Diego, James Shields was the Padres' ace. He had been their Opening Day starter, and at this point in the season he had gone 2-0 in his first five starts while posting a 2.90 ERA. He went on to a 7-0 start and didn't suffer a loss until his 15th game of the year, cementing his leadership role on the field and in the clubhouse. This season he started out as the no. 2 guy in the Padres rotation, behind Tyson Ross. He's now back in the no. 1 rotation spot, but only because of an unfortunate injury that has kept...
Gaslamp Ball Apr 21, 2016

Padres Preview: 4/21 Shields looks to sweep the Bucs

Former ace Shields goes up against Pirates ace Gerrit Cole in the series finale. After another big win against the Pirates that saw the good guys small-ball and homer their way to an 8-2 conclusion, the Padres are sending James Shields to the bump in hopes to clinch their first sweep of the season. Shields has performed well against the Buccos (1.38 ERA against last season) despite not earning a decision in either of those two games last year. James is currently boasting an 0-2 record with a 4.05 ERA. In an unfortunate continuation of last year's 33 home runs surrendered, Shields has...
Gaslamp Ball Apr 21, 2016

Padres 8, Pirates 2: Pomeranz helms ship as Friars take series

San Diego gave the Bucs a full broadside. For most of April, the Padres have struggled, but today they descended on the Pirates like a well-trained boarding party swinging over from a fully loaded man-of-war. Drew Pomeranz didn't allow a single earned run while racking up a career-best ten strikeouts in 6.2 innings of work. He was backed by an equally strong offense. Every member of the starting lineup reached base safely, including Pomeranz, who had an RBI single. Jemile Weeks made his first at bat as a Padre meaningful. Matt Kemp went yard for the fifth time this year. Derek Norris showed...
Gaslamp Ball Apr 21, 2016

Jemile Weeks hits RBI single in first Padres at-bat

Well, kinda. The Padres called up Spring Training sweetheart Jemile Weeks earlier today. The move came in the midst of some unfortunate circumstances, with yet another Padres infielder - this time Cory Spangenberg - heading to the disabled list following his exit from last night's game against the Pirates. While Spangy and his strained quad make for some bad news with an already weakened Padres infield (Yangervis Solarte is already on the disabled list), it does open up a great opportunity for Weeks, who started the season in Triple-A El Paso despite many believing he deserved to make the...
Gaslamp Ball Apr 20, 2016

Weeks Starting, Spangenberg to DL, Ross to have MRI

Roster moves shake up the Padres' lineup and rotation Yesterday's madness had to do with a balk, and ejection, and some very nice power. Today's madness involves injuries, more injuries and a callup. Cory Spangenberg left last night's game after a head-first dive into first base. He has been diagnosed with a strained quad and has been sent to the 15-day disabled list. Best wishes to the speedy youngster, as his glove and his legs are a big part of the Padres' success in 2016. Taking his place, and starting in tonight's game, is Jemile Weeks. After lighting up spring training and looking...
Gaslamp Ball Apr 20, 2016

TFHS Closer Look: 2016 Mother's Day Cap

Let's take a look at this year's first special event cap. In what has slowly evolved into a yearly tradition, MLB has announced new caps for special events and holidays this season. Breaking away from the usual 2 or 3 special caps, Major League Baseball has previewed a whopping 6 different cap styles to be worn by all 30 teams during certain games that fall on holidays or the All-Star Game. The first cap to be donned by every player for a day is brand new for the season: the Mother's Day cap. Graphite crown and brimPink interlocking SD, eyelets, squatcho and stitching...
Gaslamp Ball Apr 20, 2016

To Balk or Not to Balk?

Did Colin Rea commit a balk? Was Clint Hurdle acting within the rules? Why was Andy Green so upset? In last night's game, a balk was called on Colin Rea, leading to a Pirates run and an Andy Green ejection. Many of us watching the game were conflicted for various reasons during and after the play. Was it a balk? Why did Green get so fired up? Was Hurdle allowed to discuss with the umpires as he did? I'll try to dig through the various points of this sequence of events. The Play Andrew McCutchen was on third base. Since the defense was in a shift, nobody was holding McCutchen. He...
Gaslamp Ball Apr 20, 2016

Padres Preview: 4/20 Pomeranz makes home debut against Pirates

It's a left-handed matchup tonight as the Pads look to take a series win at home against the Pirates. Coming off of yesterday's homer-filled win, the Padres will send Drew Pomeranz to the mound against another left-handed pitcher in Pittsburgh's Jeff Locke. Interestingly enough, Pomeranz (1-1, 3.27 ERA) will be the first left-handed pitcher the Pirates have faced this season. He lost his last outing against the Phillies despite a solid performance in only allowing two runs in 6 innings. He'll look to continue his solid pitching in his first time facing the Pirates. Locke (0-1, 2.53 ERA)...
Gaslamp Ball Apr 20, 2016

Padres 5, Pirates 4: Friar cannons sink Bucs

After Green walked the plank, the Friars rallied behind their captain. It was an obscenely long game, but the Padres put together a few long balls to send the Pirates to Davy Jones' locker. Wil Meyers, Derek Norris, and Adam Rosales drove in all five of the team's runs by going yard. Those runs bolstered the young Colin Rea, who had a slightly shaky start, allowing three runs in five innings. The bullpen picked up the slack, allowing just one run on three hits in four innings. While the bombs were good, the craziest moment might have come in the third inning. With Andrew McCutchen on third...

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