8:10 AM EDT, Mon April 21, 2014
Friars on Base 4 hours ago

The Most Underrated Player in the National League

  This week, Padres ace Andrew Cashner described this man as “the most underrated player in the National League.” He was referring to his Padres teammate, outfielder Chris Denorfia. Denorfia is the kind of player that managers love to have on their team.  He is not a superstar with a large ego, he is not […]The Most Underrated Player in the National League - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Friars on Base 6 hours ago

Recap of Giants Series, Homestand

The Padres wrapped up the series and homestand Sunday with a 4-3 loss to the Giants. The Padres won the series and finished the homestand 6-4. They won the series against the Tigers and split the 4 game series with Colorado. Not a bad homestand at all. Offensively, the Padres were up and down. There […]Recap of Giants Series, Homestand - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
McCovey Chronicles 11 hours ago

minor lines, 4/20/14

Easter Sunday highlight from the Giants' farm: Edwin Escobar's 7.0 scoreless IP.AAA: Fresno lost to Reno 2-1(allowing both runs in the 8th inning)Fresno: CF Gary Brown: 2 for 3, 2B, SO, CSFresno: RF Juan Perez: 2 for 4, 2BFresno: LF Tyler Colvin: 2 for 3Reno: SS Nick Ahmed: 1 for 3, HR, 2 BBFresno: SP Edwin Escobar: 7.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 KBrown reached base three times, with the two hits raising his AVG above .300.  The double was was his first XBH in his last ten games.  Perez and and Colvin also had two hits each.  Ahmed, whom the Braves drafted in the 2nd round three years...
Giants salvage final game, defeat Padres, 4-3

Giants salvage final game, defeat Padres, 4-3

They had three hits, which is annoying for both teams. This is going to be an ultra-truncated recap because of Easter obligations. You're already drunk in anticipation of the Sharks game, so it's not like you care. The Giants had three hits. They won. There's probably a German word that helps define what we're feeling -- a combination of guilt and amusement at the source of the guilt. It was another one-run game (their 48th of the season), and they probably shouldn't have won. Like a valentine with someone else's name crossed out and Charlie Brown's penciled in, we'll take it. Oh, hot...
Sons of Steve Garvey 12 hours ago

Post-Game 19 Thread: Puig Show

DODGERS 4, DIAMONDBACKS 1 In what was certainly a rough week for Yasiel Puig after this revelatory news piece was published, Puig showed us some character by putting his head down this afternoon and just playing the game he knows. He did it with his arm, throwing out Miguel Montero from deep right as Montero attempted to stretch a single into a double. And he did it with his bat, jacking a three-run home run in the 6th that put the Dodgers ahead for good. Adrian Gonzalez (who extended his hitting streak to 15 games today) had just been intentionally walked to get to Puig, so Puig maaaaay...
Wonko / Gaslamp Ball 12 hours ago
Giants beat Padres 4-3 to avoid sweep. A Haiku.

Giants beat Padres 4-3 to avoid sweep. A Haiku.

The Padres came into Sunday looking for their first series sweep of the season. The rival Giants stood in their way. Erlin took the hill Came out a bit wild and off Posey took one deep Cabby's leadoff hit Spoils any repeat no-no For Tim Lincecum Wildness plagues Erlin Resulting jam ends with runs Down four after two. Padres would strike back Bases got loaded in third Headley hit scored two Replay stopped rally X called safe at home then out Could have been 3 runs Erlin settled in Giants shut down for next 4 frames No walks and no hits With the Giants held The Pads could get a run...
Gaslamp Ball 16 hours ago

04/20 Padres Preview: Game 19 vs. Giants

Our Padres close out both the series with the Giants and their homestand this afternoon as they go for their first sweep of the season. Last night's encouraging win put our Padres at .500 on the season. Today they'll get their first chance this season to play for a series sweep and send the Giants packing with nothing to show for their time in San Diego. Padres pitching has been phenomenal and instrumental in the team's success lately. The staff ranks in the top of the majors with a collective 2.68 ERA this season, and a 1.93 mark in the last 11 games. In that span, the team has gone 7-4 to...
Open GameThread, 4/20

Open GameThread, 4/20

I'm high on Lincecum's chances in this particular baseball contest. Today's Lineups SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS SAN DIEGO PADRES Angel Pagan - CF Everth Cabrera - SS Hunter Pence - RF Will Venable - CF Buster Posey - C Seth Smith - LF Mike Morse - LF Xavier Nady - RF Brandon Belt - 1B Chase Headley - 3B Joaquin Arias - 3B Tommy Medica - 1B Brandon Hicks - 2B Nick Hundley - C Brandon Crawford - SS Alexi Amarista - 2B Tim Lincecum - RHP Robbie Erlin - RHP
Sons of Steve Garvey 19 hours ago
Game 19 Thread: April 20 vs. D'backs, 1p

Game 19 Thread: April 20 vs. D'backs, 1p

Josh B. (0-0, 4.00) vs. Josh C. (0-1, 3.75). Remember the days of Josh vs. Josh? And Josh vs. Josh? Well, today we get another episode in the Josh vs. Josh sweepstakes, pitting Mssrs. Beckett and Collmenter. Our Josh did better than expected in his last outing, in which he held the Giants scoreless over five innings. Their Josh is transitioning from long relief to a starting role and hasn't gone more than four innings this season. The Dodger bats, silent in Game One, made some noise yesterday. So I think it's safe to say today's outcome is entirely unpredictable — no joshin'.
Sons of Steve Garvey Apr 20, 2014
Post-Game 18 Thread: The Bats Showed Up

Post-Game 18 Thread: The Bats Showed Up

DODGERS 8 DIAMONDBACKS 6 We can be heroes, just for one day. Dan Haren got the Dodgers in a 4-0 hole in the third inning, but recovered and allowed no more runs over 7 1/3 innings. Andre Ethier sparked the comeback with a three-run home run in the fourth, and AGon and Matt Kemp chipped in two RBI each, and Hanley one. Brian Wilson wobbled in the eighth, allowing two runs, but Kenley slammed the door in the ninth. Eight runs! Feast or famine, this team.
Friars on Base Apr 20, 2014

Is Padres Josh Johnson Another Mark Prior?

  Earlier this week, Jeff Sanders of the San Diego Union Tribune reported that Padres pitcher Josh Johnson is scheduled to meet with renowned orthopedic surgeon James Andrews next week to look over his right elbow. Johnson has been sidelined since spring training when he strained his right forearm that landed him on the DL. […]Is Padres Josh Johnson Another Mark Prior? - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
McCovey Chronicles Apr 20, 2014

minor lines, 4/19/14

Saturday highlights from the Giants' farm: Myles Schroder reached base in all five plate appearances, and Joe Biagini allowed just 1 R in 6.0 IP.AAA: Fresno lost to Reno 9-2(after trailing 7-2 entering the 5th inning)Fresno: CF Gary Brown: 2 for 5, SOFresno: 2B Joe Panik: 2 for 5, SOReno: RF Roger Kieschnick: 2 for 3, 2 HR, 2 BBFresno: SP Mitch Lively: 3.1 IP, 8 H, 7 R, 6 ER, 3 BB, 5 K--4 HRBrown and Panik each had two of the Grizzlies' ten hits (all singles).  Both have AVGs close to .285.  Kieschnick, the ex-Giant lost to the Diamondbacks organization on waivers earlier this year,...
Gaslamp Ball Apr 20, 2014
Padres beat Giants 3-1, improve to .500 record

Padres beat Giants 3-1, improve to .500 record

Aside from a Mike Morse home run to centerfield, Eric Stults didn't give the Giants much to hit tonight.  He kept his team in the game for 6 innings and as luck would have it everything came up Padres. They slashed and dashed their way to a second consecutive win over the Giants, a .500 record and 7 wins in the last 10 games. In the second inning Seth Smith hit a single and was driven in by Yonder Alonso giving the Padres an early lead.  As previously mentioned Morse tied the game in the 5th. The tie didn't last long however.  Everth Cabrera hit an RBI triple in the Padres half of the...
San Francisco Giants band together to score run, still lose.

San Francisco Giants band together to score run, still lose.

History is repeating itself, by gum. I can accept Tyson Ross shutting down the Giants. A big, hard-throwing right-hander with wicked stuff, exchanging body blows with Matt Cain … there's no shame in that. It's the kind of game you'd hope to show someone visiting from Scotland for his or her first baseball game. Every pitch was important, and the finesse meant as much on the power on both sides. That kind of game is why we spend our summers watching this stuff. I have problems watching the Giants getting shut down by Clayton Richard or Wade LeBlanc or whatever. Not because the pitcher in...
Friars on Base Apr 19, 2014

Padres Get Back to .500

The Padres improved to 9-9 with tonight’s victory over the San Francisco Giants, putting San Diego at .500 for the first time since they were 1-1. Also, this time last year the Padres were a lowly 5-13. Eric Stults pitched 6 brilliant innings, only allowing 3 hits, one run with 2 K’s. The bullpen pitched […]Padres Get Back to .500 - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Sons of Steve Garvey Apr 19, 2014

Game 18 Thread: April 19 vs. Diamondbacks, 5p

Dan Haren (2-0, 2.04) vs. Mike Bolsinger (0-0, 6.00). Haven't we played these guys like 18 times already this season? I'm headed to the Yard this afternoon but I'm not exactly overjoyed with the prospect of a Dan Haren vs. Mike Bolsinger matchup. I am looking forward to the prospect, however dim it might be, that the boys shake off the Noffense that's been ailing them the past week or so. Bolsinger seems like just the type of a-hole to tee off on as he makes his first big league start. Kemp is hitting a cool .179, Ethier .212, Crawford .234, and TFed .074. Let's not waste yet another great...
Gaslamp Ball Apr 19, 2014

04/19 Padres Preview: Game 18 vs. Giants

Our offense is off to a rocky start this season, but some lights-out pitching lately has kept them afloat. Eric Stults hopes to keep that trend going tonight in the second game of the series. Stults surrendered four runs on nine hits in a five-inning start over the Rockies on Monday. The Padres went on to win in a crazy comeback but Stults got a no-decision, so he will still be seeking his first victory of the season when he takes the mound this afternoon. He is 0-2 on the season, giving up five runs in four innings against the Marlins in his 2014 debut, then getting the tough-luck loss...
Friars on Base Apr 19, 2014

I’m Sorry Padres Fans for Killing Kennedy’s No-Hitter

Thursday, I really screwed things up.  I broke the code, and the baseball gods saw it.  Scheming in the clouds above San Diego where they constantly sit, they shot down their bolt of lightning to end what could have been history.  I’m getting ahead of myself though. The San Diego Padres took on the Colorado […]I’m Sorry Padres Fans for Killing Kennedy’s No-Hitter - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Gaslamp Ball Apr 19, 2014

April 19th still pretty close to the worst date in Padres history

April 19th has historically been the worst date in Padres history, but because this year's Padres team lost on April 2nd, that date has now claimed that title. Although you'll notice that the sample size is still pretty small on April 2nd with only 8 games played on the date over the past 46 seasons. Dates with worst winning % Game Date Wins Games Winning % 2-Apr 2 8 25% 19-Apr 10 38 26.32% 10-Jul 9 32 28.13% 6-Jul 12 41 29.27% 26-May 13 43 30.23% So instead we'll look at April 19th with astonishment and disgust. It's now...
Gaslamp Ball Apr 19, 2014
Padres crush Giants 2-1 in first meeting of the season

Padres crush Giants 2-1 in first meeting of the season

I went to the game last night. I was at Phil's BBQ and missed some exciting Chris Denorfia action in the first inning.  I'm watching the condensed game on the MLB app right now to figure out what I missed out on.  Denorfia started Giants half of the inning with a diving play that resulted in the a ground rule double, but pitcher Tyson Ross was able to escape without any further hits.  In the Padres half of the first Denorfia smoked a ball to right center, getting to third on what looked like an errant throw.  He scored soon after when Matt Cain threw a wild pitch to Yasmani Grandal,...

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