9:41 AM EDT, Mon September 01, 2014
Sons of Steve Garvey 41 mins ago

What's Eating Yasiel Puig?

Yasiel Puig hasn't looked the same at the plate for a while now, and it seems like he's striking out an awful lot and worse than that, his swing is all over the board and inconsistent. We know that Don Mattingly's response was to keep Puig out of the starting lineup on Friday against the Padres, but will that be enough to circuit-break his downward spiral? SAN DIEGO -- The Los Angeles Dodgers have become concerned enough about Yasiel Puig's nearly monthlong batting slump that manager Don Mattingly held him out of the starting lineup for Friday night's game in San Diego, the second time the...
Gaslamp Ball 46 mins ago

Padres call up pitcher Leonel Campos

Of the players known to be heading to San Diego for September, Leonel Campos is the least-heralded. Starting pitchers Joe Wieland and Robbie Erlin are familiar names who are returning from injury and are expected to figure prominently in the Padres' near future, and infielder Cory Spangenberg was the team's top pick in the 2011 draft. Each of the three has had far, far more inked spilled about him than Campos has, as have the others who will be up but haven't been announced yet. In fact, I could find next-to-nothing in English about his promotion. There was Bernie Wilson's tweet, then there...
Gaslamp Ball 6 hours ago

Padres Executives Talk About BS Plaza

We've talked a lot about the Padres decision to name a space at Petco Park after outgoing MLB Commissioner Bud Selig over the last few days, but we don't have press credentials. We don't get to talk to team executives directly. Our dialogue is generally reactionary, and the front office reacts to us in similar fashion. It's a bad way to have a meaningful conversation. Well, today Jodes and I were at today's Social Summit, a gathering of fans active on social media. Before anybody accuses us of being paid shills (again), yes, the team put us up in a suite. Yes, they gave us a whole lot of...
McCovey Chronicles 8 hours ago

minor lines, 8/31/14

Sunday highlights from the Giants' farm: Ty Blach had 7.0 scoreless IP, Joan Gregorio allowed just 1 R in 6.0 IP, and Tyler Horan homered and doubled.  Also notable, Michael Santos and Julio Pena had strong performances in the AZL semifinal. AAA: Fresno lost to Tacoma 7-3Fresno: 1B Mark Minicozzi: 2 for 4, 2BFresno: RF Jarrett Parker: 2 for 4, 2 2B, 2 SOFresno: SP Jake Dunning: 5.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 3 K--2 HRWith two hits each, Minicozzi and Parker combined for over half of the Grizzlies' seven hits.After beginning the season with 35 relief appearances, including one in the majors,...
Gaslamp Ball 8 hours ago

Dodgers 7, Padres 1: Sloppy Friars Give Up Sweep

The defense sucked. The offense sucked. The bullpen sucked. After a pair of extra innings games, there were really only two ways for today's game to go. It was either going to be a 15 inning marathon or a blowout. We got the blowout, and not the one we hoped for. Some early sloppiness on defense put the Dodgers on the board first, and the Padres never managed to claw back a lead. The offense's measly four hits just wasn't enough, and when the bullpen imploded in the eighth inning, it was all over but the crying. Normally, you might expect Eric Stults to be the weak link, but he put together...

Giants demolish, sweep Brewers to win sixth straight

Even saw the lights of the Goodyear Blimp. And it read, "Holy goodness, that is a lot of runs. Like, really, just a lot of runs." When the Giants were stumbling around in June, with a bucket on their head, a garden hose around their legs, and a lobster hanging from each finger, here's what I told myself: Don't worry. Baseball is cyclical. The Giants will have a stretch of wacky baseball where they'll be just as hot as they are cold right now. When the Giants were stumbling around in July, banging on the window of their locked car with their necktie caught in the door and the keys in the...
Friars on Base 13 hours ago

Padres Call Up Hahn for Bullpen Help

For the fourth time this season, Jesse Hahn is being called up to the big leagues. The Padres announced on Saturday that the right-hander would be called up, presumably for the rest of the season. In a corresponding move, the Padres placed infielder Chris Nelson on paternity leave. Hahn has been one of the few […] Padres Call Up Hahn for Bullpen Help - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Sons of Steve Garvey 14 hours ago
Post-Game 137 Thread: Ryu Defeats The Enemy

Post-Game 137 Thread: Ryu Defeats The Enemy

DODGERS 7, PADRES 1 The Dodgers looked to be traveling down a familiar road of late in Petco Park: low offensive production wasting a solid starting pitching effort, this time from Hyun-Jin Ryu, whose return from the DL was much needed: 7.0 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 0 BB and 7 Ks. The Dodgers had scored one in the first on a Scott Van Slyke single to right, but gave the run right back in the bottom of the first inning. Then the Dodgers scored another run in the fifth off a Matt Kemp RBI single, but proceeded to squander a rally when SVS GIDPd to end the inning. But this time, we broke through in the...
Friars on Base 16 hours ago

Pacific Beach to be Renamed Selig Beach

PB residents, get ready to celebrate! San Diego Beaches CEO, President, and Grand Poobah Mike Dee announced this morning that the section of Pacific Beach north of the pier would be renamed Selig Beach. The beach will be named in honor of Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig. “There was no sunshine in San Diego […] Pacific Beach to be Renamed Selig Beach - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Friars on Base 18 hours ago

Sunday Bruch: A Suggested Free Agent Target For The Padres

As it’s time to look ahead to 2015, the Padres are going to have some interesting decision to make. I doubt Josh Johnson will ever throw a pitch in a Padre uniform (though if he’s willing to take a heavily incentive contract then maybe) Carlos Quentin will be hitting the old dusty trail, probably to […] Sunday Bruch: A Suggested Free Agent Target For The Padres - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Sons of Steve Garvey 19 hours ago

Game 137 Thread: August 31 @ Padres, 1p

Save us, Ryu! Hyun-Jin Ryu (13-6, 3.28) vs. Eric Stults (6-14, 4.63). With the NL West lead down to 2.5 games, the Dodgers call upon Hyun-Jin Ryu to return from the DL and and frickin' save us. Playing the role of Ken tonight is Eric Stults, who took the loss against us in June, but beat us in August, off of five measley innings pitched. We certainly haven't done much street fighting in the last two games, both one-run losses with poor offensive outputs. Can Ryu bring his shoryuken and win this match?
Friars on Base 21 hours ago

Tony Gwynn Honored Before SDSU Football Game

While all time great Trevor Hoffman was being inducted into the Padres Hall of Fame Saturday night, another Hall of Famer was being honored across the 8 freeway at Qualcomm Stadium as the San Diego State Aztecs honored Tony Gwynn before their home opener against Northern Arizona. Gwynn was honored on the same field that […] Tony Gwynn Honored Before SDSU Football Game - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Friars on Base 21 hours ago

Cory Spangenberg On His Way Up To The Padres?

Interesting tweet from the Padres top second base prospect Cory Spangenberg: cant believe my childhood dream has come true! want to thank my family friends and all the support from the #570! — cory spangenberg (@spang19) August 30, 2014 With Chris Nelson on paternity leave, the Padres could use another infielder. It looks like Spangenberg […] Cory Spangenberg On His Way Up To The Padres? - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
McCovey Chronicles 22 hours ago

minor lines, 8/30/14

Saturday highlights from the Giants' farm: Jack Snodgrass allowed just 1 R in 6.0 IP, and Travious Relaford homered twice.  Also notable, Daniel Carbonell tripled among three hits, Mitch Delfino homered and singled, and Austin Slater homered among four hits.AAA: Fresno defeated Tacoma 9-2(scoring eight runs over the 4th, 5th, and 6th innings)Fresno: CF Juan Perez: 3 for 5Fresno: 3B Chris Dominguez: 2 for 4, 2BFresno: 2B Brandon Hicks: 2 for 4, 2B, SOFresno: SP Austin Fleet: 6.2 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 5 BB, 2 K--1 HR, 2 WP, 1 EFresno: RP Erik Cordier: 1.0 IP, 1 KBatting leadoff, Perez singled...
Sons of Steve Garvey Aug 31, 2014
Post-Game 135/136 Thread: Serious Friars

Post-Game 135/136 Thread: Serious Friars

That's a serious fryer. PADRES 3, DODGERS 2 (12) PADRES 2, DODGERS 1 (10) We've may have entered Petco Park like a lion (having beaten the Snakes twice in Arizona), but we're looking like a bag of dog food after two Padres extra-inning, walk-off victories (as opposed to those home extra-inning, non-walk-off victories, I suppose). Tonight's disaster felt a little bit more painful than last night's, as Alexi Amarista's one-out single off of Jamey Wright in the tenth not only wasted a great effort from Zack Greinke (8.0 IP, 4 H, 1 ER 2 BB and 8 Ks), but it also came after the Dodgers wasted...
Gaslamp Ball Aug 31, 2014

Trevor Hoffman Inducted Into Padres Hall of Fame

In a small ceremony before this evening's ballgame, Trevor Hoffman became the first person inducted into the Padres Hall of Fame since Dick Williams in 2009. While the team went all out when they retired his number three years ago, tonight's affair was much more understated. The ceremony, hosted by Ted Leitner, began with a short video highlighting the careers of the previous inductees. Ted spoke briefly about Trevor's career before Ron Fowler and Peter Seidler unveiled his plaque. After a video of #51's greatest moments (set to Hell's Bells, of course), Trevor spoke. He recognized that...
Gaslamp Ball Aug 31, 2014
Padres 2, Dodgers 1: Walkin' It Off Again

Padres 2, Dodgers 1: Walkin' It Off Again

Ian Kennedy turned in a commanding start tonight, but that's only half the story. On most nights, Kennedy's line would have practically guaranteed a win. In 7 innings, the starter allowed just 1 run on 4 hits and 3 walks, while striking out 8. But tonight he was opposed by the equally stingy Greinke, who yielded a sole run on 4 hits and 2 walks in 8 innings. For the second night in a row, the southern California rivals made it a battle of the bullpens. Kennedy's first few innings were stunning. He retired the side in the first on just 9 pitches. He followed that up by striking out the side...
Gaslamp Ball Aug 31, 2014

SDSU Football honors Tony Gwynn in their season opener

Tonight our Padres honored a legendary Friar with a pre-game ceremony to celebrate Trevor Hoffman's induction into the Padres Hall of Fame. About seven miles away at Qualcomm Stadium, the San Diego State Aztecs also honored a legendary Friar and one of their own. Tony Gwynn played both basketball and baseball, and later went on to coach the latter, at SDSU. But the reach of his impact on the university and the city as a whole is palpable. That's why tonight the Aztecs football team paid tribute to "Coach Gwynn" as they played their season opener in his former home. On the field, the...

Giants win fifth straight, down Brewers, 3-1

The Giants won their first series against a contending team since May, and Jake Peavy lost a no-hitter in the eighth inning. Before we move on, let's appreciate the potential irony of Jake Peavy throwing a no-hitter on "Eight-Foot Orange-and-Black Hat Giveaway Day," which would have meant that no one would have seen the no-hitter. ★★★ I'd like to think that a clubbie just shuffled over to a dry erase board, rubbed off a couple numbers with his sleeve, and changed the number on "MONTHS SINCE GIANTS WON A SERIES AGAINST GOOD TEAM" to zero. It must have felt gooood. The Giants guaranteed...
NoNoHitters.com Aug 30, 2014

Padres’ Ward no-hits Angels through 12 2/3, 76 years ago today

As the major league Padres’ no no-hitter count hit 7,300 games today, we celebrate a 76-year anniversary for the Pacific Coast League club. On Aug. 30, 1938, the San Diego Padres’ Dick Ward threw 12 2/3 innings of no-hit ball …

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