8:44 AM EDT, Tue July 29, 2014
McCovey Chronicles 5 hours ago

minor lines, 7/28/14

Monday highlights from the Giants' farm: Chris Dominguez, Juan Perez, and Ty Ross each homered in a multi-hit performance, and Joe Biagini allowed just 1 R in 7.1 IP.AAA: Fresno defeated El Paso 9-4(scoring three runs in both the 6th and 8th innings)Fresno: LF Mark Minicozzi: 1 for 3, HR, BB, SOFresno: 3B Chris Dominguez: 2 for 4, HR, HBP, SO, 2 SBFresno: Juan Perez: PH-RF  2 for 2, HRFresno: SP Austin Fleet: 5.0 IP, 9 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB< 4 KFresno: RP Sandy Rosario: 1.0 IP, 2 KThe Grizzlies went deep three times--Dominguez in the 4th inning for his 15th HR, Minicozzi in the 5th inning for...

Giants drop fifth straight, look feckless in 5-0 loss

They had an extra-base hit and sent 29 hitters to the plate, yet they still lost. One of these days, we'll get a proper taxonomy of the loss, the different varieties of defeat. Let's see, you have The Heartbreaker, in which your normally reliable closer coughs up a sure win in the ninth. There's the All Things Considered, in which the team makes a comeback so valiant, you almost don't feel bad. There's The Dull Saw, where the team gets down early and never threatens, and at no point do you really care. You might think this was a Dull Saw. It was not. This was the Boss Taking Credit For...
Sons of Steve Garvey 8 hours ago

Possible Breakthrough in Dodger Cable Broadcast Mess

Look I'm not going to fake the funk and provide some sort of deep analysis based on what is just being reported, mainly because a) I'm lazy b) I've had a couple of margaritas c) I'm not steeped in cable economics. But this sounds positive and is hopefully something to get excited about. So I'm just going to quote Dodgers' Jon Weisman in full with all credit to him for breaking it down in the last hour. Dodgers support binding arbitration to solve distribution of SportsNet LA By Jon Weisman On behalf of the Dodgers, team president and CEO Stan Kasten spoke tonight in favor of a proposal from...
McCovey Chronicles 9 hours ago

Open GameThread, 7/28

Save us, Madison. Today's Lineups PITTSBURGH PIRATES SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS Josh Harrison - LF Hunter Pence - RF Jordy Mercer - SS Joe Panik - 2B Andrew McCutchen - CF Buster Posey - C Gaby Sanchez - 1B Pablo Sandoval - 3B Neil Walker - 2B Mike Morse - 1B Russell Martin - C Tyler Colvin - LF Gregory Polanco - RF Gregor Blanco - CF Brent Morel - 3B Brandon Crawford - SS Vance Worley - RHP Madison Bumgarner - LHP
Friars on Base 9 hours ago

Are The Padres Done Trading?

A recent news report from Corey Brock suggested that the Padres might already be done trading. Huston Street is gone. Chase Headley is gone. Yet don’t think Assistant GM AJ Hinch would not already consider it a successful trading season for the club. “What’s been notable through all this is that there’s been several teams […] Are The Padres Done Trading? - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Friars on Base 10 hours ago

Gyorko Hits Infield Single In Return From DL

In the final game of the Atlanta series, second baseman Jedd Gyorko returned from the DL, and went 1 for 3. Gyorko switched places with Carlos Quentin, and Brooks Conrad was sent to the minors to make room for pitcher Jason Lane. Lane pitched well in his return to the majors. He went six innings […] Gyorko Hits Infield Single In Return From DL - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Friars on Base 12 hours ago

Torre Does What Fox & MLB Failed To Do: Acknowledge The Greatness Of Tony Gwynn

New Hall of Fame inductee Joe Torre has been described as many things over his baseball career. Good team guy, MVP, Clueless Joe, and of course, the master when it came to pushing the right buttons during the New York Yankees’ most recent dynasty of the late 1990s and early 2000s. One word has always […] Torre Does What Fox & MLB Failed To Do: Acknowledge The Greatness Of Tony Gwynn - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Friars on Base 13 hours ago

Week That Was: Headley Gone, Moving On

The Padres made another splashy trade last Monday, trading star Chase Headley to the Yankees, then watching him get a walk-off hit in his first game. Naturally. However, the Padres offense erupted against the Cubs on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week, with every starter scoring a run and getting a hit in Wednesday’s destruction […] Week That Was: Headley Gone, Moving On - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Friars on Base 14 hours ago

Padres Fade, Lose Series To Braves

The Padres (46-59) started the series off well, but then fizzled out towards the end, as they drop the 4-game series to the Braves (58-48) 3 games to 1. The Padres went the way of their pitching in the first 3 games. As a team, the Padres hit .268, however it wasn’t as fruitful as the […] Padres Fade, Lose Series To Braves - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Brandon Belt says he's 'good now' in radio interview

No news was bad news. We just got some news, which is good news by default. Every day without good news about Brandon Belt was a day closer to really bad news. Here, then, is some good news. Belt was on 95.7 the Game on Monday, and he talked about returning soon. "I am good now. I was in a fog for a little while, I’m not going to lie. It was a weird place, but I seem to be coming out of it and I feel good. So hopefully in the next few days I can get back out there," Belt said. The esteemed Twitterer @LOLKNBR (!) first relayed the interview, and Bay Area Sports Guy transcribed key...

Hall of Fame eligibility changes will hurt Barry Bonds

Barry Bonds needed all the help he could get for a Cooperstown induction, but his tires were slashed instead. On Saturday, the Baseball Writers Association of America slapped Barry Bonds with a dead fish again. Players used to get 15 years before they fell off the Hall of Fame ballot. Now they get 10, and the players currently on the ballot don't get grandfathered in. From the Associated Press: The Hall of Fame's board cut a player's eligibility from 15 years to 10, which gives McGwire a maximum of two more appearances on the writers' ballot. Bonds, Clemens and Sosa, shunned so far along...
Friars on Base 16 hours ago

Minor League Roundup for July 27th

  The big league Padres struggled on Sunday, as Eric Stults got rocked in an 8-3 loss for the Friars. Looking down at their minor league affiliates, only one of them came away with a victory on Sunday. Here’s how they did. Triple-A Box score The El Paso Chihuahuas were the only affiliate of the […] Minor League Roundup for July 27th - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Friars on Base 17 hours ago

Padres’ Offense Once Again Fails To Show Signs Of Life

  Despite the game featuring Angel Hernandez behind the plate, both managers actually stayed in the game until the finish. This game had all the makings of a blowout, with the Braves throwing out Ervin Santana who was ready to feast on our strikeout prone lineup. We countered with 37 year old Jason Lane, a […] Padres’ Offense Once Again Fails To Show Signs Of Life - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Sons of Steve Garvey 17 hours ago
Kudos to Broom-Wielding Fans at AT&T Park

Kudos to Broom-Wielding Fans at AT&T Park

SoSG Dusty and I agree: It takes a certain type of ballsy individual to bring a broom to an opposing team's ballpark, let alone the stadium of your biggest rivals. So we salute you, Mr. Blue-Broom-Carrying Dodger Fan in San Francisco. You represent where others fear to tread.
Wonko / Gaslamp Ball 17 hours ago

Despite Jason Lane's effort, Padres lose to Braves 2-0

The club could not provide the run support to give Jason Lane a win in the 37 year old's first ever major start as a pitcher. LHP Jason Lane already pitched for the Padres earlier in the season, but today's game felt even more special. The 37 year old converted OF made his first major league start on the mound. His previous outings resulted in no earned runs and he began his milestone day by doing more of the same. His craftiness got him through 6 full innings with 0 runs scored and only 4 hits allowed. A stellar half dozen innings that should have been enough to put the Padres in a...

Giants trade rumors: Alex Rios, Chris Denorfia getting looks

They have tires. They're being kicked. Here we have a pair of outfield rumors, one stupid and one sensible. First, the stupid one, from Ken Rosenthal and Jon Morosi: Among teams that have checked in on #Rangers’ Rios, from my sources and @jonmorosi’s: #Mariners, #SFGiants, #Yankees, #Reds. — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 27, 2014 The rumor isn't stupid -- those hard-working men are just doing their job! -- but the idea of Alex Rios helping the Giants is. Here are some Alex Rios facts: He had a .756 OPS in Texas last year, which isn't so hot He has a .754 OPS in Texas...
Friars on Base 18 hours ago

Why is Eric Stults Still Pitching?

If you thought this article was going to be me griping about Eric Stults being run out there every fifth day when he’s clearly not fit to be a major league pitcher, then I’m sorry, this isn’t that article. There are enough people doing that already. Instead, why don’t we try to answer the question […] Why is Eric Stults Still Pitching? - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Sons of Steve Garvey 19 hours ago

Outfield Might Prevent LA Price Shopping

Speculation still abounds that David Price is headed toward Los Angeles. And although Doug Wachter at ESPN.com thinks the Cardinals and Braves are probably bigger contending suitors, he did mention the Dodgers as a potential destination: Price is the most prominent name rumored to be on the move, and with his track record the former Cy Young winner is likely to command a massive return if the Rays do decide to deal their ace. Price's strikeout rate this season is easily a career best, and he is also limiting the free pass more effectively than ever before. Price is inducing grounders at a...
Redleg Nation 20 hours ago

The Diamondbacks Series

The 52-52 Cincinnati Reds host the 45-60 Arizona Diamondbacks for a 3-game series beginning tonight at Great American Ballpark. Just as they did two months ago, the Diamondbacks still have the worst run differential in the National League. Their .429 winning percentage is just a bit better than the .400 record they had in May. …
Sons of Steve Garvey 20 hours ago

Scoreboard Watching: July 28, 2014

Man mistaken for Jason Lane Two baseball games of interest today: San Diego @ Atlanta: Jason Lane (0-0, 0.00) vs. Ervin Santana (9-6, 3.87). Jason Lane, a former outfielder who last played in 2007, is taking the mound due to an injury to Ian Kennedy. He will be the oldest pitcher in seven years to make his first major league start, at 37 years old and 218 days. This game also has relevance because if it can extend to a ton of extra innings, Atlanta would have a pretty late plane flight into Los Angeles; the Braves start a three-game series with us on Tuesday. First pitch,...

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