9:57 AM EDT, Thu May 28, 2015
Sons of Steve Garvey 57 mins ago
Guest Post: Sprung Free in Spring

Guest Post: Sprung Free in Spring

It's been a while, but here's Mrs. Orel with a travelogue: For Dodger fans, spring signifies trips to Camelback Ranch, Opening Day at Dodger Stadium and renewed hope for a winning season. For east coast baseball fans, spring signifies wearing shorts, greenery, and a renewed hope for warmth. After back-to-back brutal winters, New Yorkers and Bostonians are reveling in lighter clothing, sun-kissed cheeks, and the parks, the parks, the parks, where balls are tossed, hit, and caught in freshly unearthed gloves. Orel and I were in Manhattan, where we observed New Yorkers bouncing around city...
Gaslamp Ball 8 hours ago

SD 5, LAA 4: Middlebrooks homers, Padres win it

The runs followed some goooood pitching from Andrew Cashner. Last night the Padres pleased everybody with an extra-inning performance for the history books. The 4-run 10th inning marked the 10th time in Friar history that the Pads batted around in an extra inning. The stars were Odrisamer Despaigne with a shutout performance, and Matt Kemp with a slump-breaking clutch bases-clearing RBI double. So tonight the Padres were going into a fresh game and had a shot to take the 1-1 tied series and book it about an hour and a half down the I-5. Coming off a quality start was Andrew Cashner,...
Gaslamp Ball 8 hours ago

Padres to host Singles Night, won't get you to first base

If you're looking for the Annie Savoy to your Crash Davis, the Padres have a deal for you. Did you know tomorrow is Singles Night at Petco Park? It was news to me, too. I only heard about it when the team tweeted about it a few hours ago. Tomorrow is Singles Night! Ticket packs are $35 and includes one drink ticket. Get them here: http://t.co/MLRitiFMVh pic.twitter.com/4yVs8LN04V — San Diego Padres (@Padres) May 28, 2015 Your thirty-five bucks get you admission to The Landing, the new party space beneath the scoreboard at the top of left field, which is hopefully a better place to...
Friars on Base 8 hours ago

Padres’ Cashner Finally Gets His Runs

1st Inning The Padres looked dangerous off the bat.  Yangervis Solarte hit the first pitch from Garrett Richards into RF for a base hit.  He was quickly thrown out on a snap throw by catcher Carlos Perez, stifling the early threat. Andrew Cashner also gave off a leadoff hit.  After sorting through Mike Trout and […] Padres’ Cashner Finally Gets His Runs - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Gaslamp Ball 13 hours ago

Game 48 Preview: 05/27 Padres @ Angels

The series between the Padres and Angels concludes tonight, and the winner of the finale will win the series altogether. San Diego gives the ball to Andrew Cashner to close out the three-game set while the Angels send Garrett Richards to the hill. Cashner is coming off a strong outing against the Dodgers in which he gave up one run on five hits, though it did take him 109 pitches to get through the six innings of work. The right-hander has been solid this season, but he's been plagued with poor defense and a lack of offensive support. Through his first nine starts, he's been charged with 12...
Sons of Steve Garvey 14 hours ago
Game 46 Thread: May 27 vs. Barves, 7p

Game 46 Thread: May 27 vs. Barves, 7p

Zack Greinke (5-1, 1.48) vs. Alex Wood (2-2, 3.83). Sexyzack hasn't gotten a decision in his past three starts, although the Dodgers have won two of them (versus the Marlins and Padres). The Dodgers have already secured the series win against the Braves and— WHO AM I KIDDING I CAN'T PRETEND IT ISN'T KILLING US THAT THE DODGERS TRADED JUAN URIBE GOODBYE PAPI WE LOVE YOU WE'LL ALWAYS HAVE FEELS LIKE photo by Mike Ehrmann/

Giants sweep Brewers, start new winning streak

Joe Panik hit a dinger, Ryan Vogelsong was excellent, and the bullpen held off the Brewers. It doesn't matter that Ryan Vogelsong is a great story, fan favorite, and occasional postseason hero. The second it looks like his abilities have diminished, fans will turn. They won't boo or be outwardly hostile. They'll turn in that between-me-and-you-and-everyone-else kind of way on the Internet, on the radio, or at a backyard barbecue. Between you and me and everyone else, I don't even know why the Giants re-signed this guy. I mean, I like him, but ... Heck, they already did turn on Vogelsong...
Friars on Base 16 hours ago

Padres News: Cashner Looks For Support In Rubber Game

Andrew Cashner:  54 strikeouts.  Team leading 2.89 ERA….1-7 record. Cashner has had an incredible run of bad luck in the 2015 season.  The San Diego Padres fire-baller will look for some run support and a series win against the Los Angeles Angels tonight. Cashner opened up the season with a dreadful start, giving up 3 […] Padres News: Cashner Looks For Support In Rubber Game - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Giants fans aren't showing up for All-Star voting yet

The Giants aren't leading at any position in the first update for the National League All-Star voting. The Giants are second in the league in attendance. Ratings are as high as they've ever been. Road attendance is the tops. America just can't seem to get enough of these San Francisco Giants! What a popular franchise. We don't even need to vote for any All-Stars because the huge, engaged fanbase is going to overwhelm the voting process either way. Well, uh, about that. The first update of the National League All-Star voting is out, and the Giants don't have a single player leading the...
Redleg Nation 23 hours ago

Reds vs Rockies – May 27th, 2015

The Cincinnati Reds (19-26) finally bucked the losing streak yesterday and look to win the series in an afternoon game against the Colorado Rockies (18-26). A win would push the Reds over .500 at home and give them their first series win since taking two of three from the Braves back on May 11-13. After …
Friars on Base 23 hours ago

Padres Recap: May 27, 2015

The San Diego Padres and Matt Kemp really needed this one. Blowing earlier chances with runners in scoring position earlier in the game, Kemp – hitting in the cleanup spot – finally came through with a bases clearing double to give the Padres a 3-0 lead in the tenth inning. The bases were loaded and […] Padres Recap: May 27, 2015 - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
McCovey Chronicles May 27, 2015

SF Giants Minor Lines, 5/26

Travel and rain made for a short night. Meanwhile, the Sacramento hitters are still in line trying to get Zito's autograph. A much anticipated night of celebration and  pageantry descended upon Raley Field last night. Let's have a look: Going through Chris photos of the Sounds/River Cats game today. Heres a shot of Barry Zito & the ceremonial jersey pic.twitter.com/uMgzPoTWlD— Melissa Lockard (@oakclubhouse) May 26, 2015 You know we mean business Zito head & the selfie sick @RiverCats game with @KSay4SF @DRey2531 @BakingInHeelz pic.twitter.com/TWVK0YzQwo— Sarah Gruber...
NoNoHitters.com May 27, 2015

Adonis Terry’s second no-no, 127 years ago today

Brooklyn’s Adonis Terry threw the second of his two no-hitters, 127 years ago today. Terry on Sunday, May 27, 1888 no-hit Lousville at Brooklyn’s Ridgewood Park to give the Bridegrooms a 4-0 win over the Colonels. His first no-no came on Saturday, July 24, 1886, when he no-hit the St. Louis Browns for a 1-0 …
Gaslamp Ball May 27, 2015

SD 4, LAA 0: Despaigne shuts em out, Kemp keeps them down

Shutout pitching from the OD and clutch hitting from the MK. Tonight the Padres hiked up their big boy pants and took the field to shake off the stinging walkoff Memorial Day loss to the Angels. After a great performance from Tyson Ross and a timely rally from Will Venable and Yangervis Solarte, the Friars were looking to lift the 13-13 lifetime record against the The Angels Angels of Anaheim. Odrisamer Despaigne, the solid Brandon Morrow fill-in, took the mound today. After pinning the Cubs to 2 runs in his last start, Despaigne matched the Angels' Matt Shoemaker inning for inning. OD...

Giants take second straight from Brewers, win 6-3

The Giants hit three dingers, and all of them were precious snowflakes. Last season, there was hot rhetorical question flying around the Internet when the Giants lost a 10-game lead in two days and 49 seconds. Is it better to watch a team that starts like a bunch of dillweeds, then gets hot? Or is it better to watch a team that starts unconscionably hot, then plays like a bunch of dillweeds? The consensus was that it was better to watch the team that starts slow, but there was no way to test the theory. I'd like to revisit that question. It's better to watch the slow-starting team. It's so...
Gaslamp Ball May 26, 2015

Game 47 Preview: 05/26 Padres @ Angels

The Padres will send Odrisamer Despaigne to the mound today as they look to even up the series in Anaheim.  In nine outings (five starts) in 2015, Despaigne is 2-3 with a 6.11 ERA. All three of his losses came in his last three starts, though his most recent was an improvement. He went six innings and gave up two runs to the Cubs at Petco Park after previously giving up a combined 15 earned runs in his prior two starts. Angels starter Matt Shoemaker has also had a rough season so far, going 3-4 with a 6.29 ERA through his first eight starts. His latest outing saw him yield seven runs in...
Viva El Birdos May 26, 2015

St. Louis Cardinals vs. Arizona Diamondbacks - Game 46 open thread - May 26, 2015

Jaime Garcia vs. Archie Bradley After a 2015 debut that was worrisome (five walks to three strikeouts) and hearing (seven innings, 102 pitches), St. Louis Cardinals lefty Jaime Garcia makes his second start of the year since returning from thoracic outlet release surgery (as well as labrum and rotator cuff surgery in 2013). Garcia will face the Arizona Diamondbacks in the second game of the clubs' three-game series at Busch Stadium. Randal Grichuk will start in center field. It appears as if manager Mike Matheny may recognize Grichuk's talent level relative to the other St. Louis...
Sons of Steve Garvey May 26, 2015

Game 45 Thread: May 26 vs. Braves, 7p

Clayton Kershaw (2-3, 4.32) vs. Julio Teheran (4-1, 3.91). Little known fact here, that Julio Teheran's real last name is Pinto. And we know what happens when Pintos experience a little bit of pressure (see above), right? Not that we're putting even more pressure on our ace, Clayton Kershaw: his 87 ERA+ this year is on track to be a career low, even worse than his highly aberrant 5-5 rookie season of 2008. From a BHWT belt perspective, in case you're keeping score: if the Brewers can win the last two against the Giants, and then beat the Diamondbacks but lose to the Cardinals June 1-3,...
NoNoHitters.com May 26, 2015

Haddix’s 12 perfect innings, 56 years ago today

Today is the 56th anniversary of baseball’s greatest pitching performance. On May 26, 1959, in Harvey Haddix’s first season with the Pirates, the Medway, Ohio southpaw retired 36 Milwaukee Braves batters for a perfect game through 12 innings, but his team couldn’t score. Haddix lost the perfect game when Don Hoak threw a routine grounder …
NoNoHitters.com May 26, 2015

Happy birthday to Grant ‘Stoney’ McGlynn

Happy birthday to the St. Louis Cardinals Grant “Stoney” McGlynn, who threw a 7-inning darkness-shortened no-hitter in 1906. McGlynn, who was born on this day in 1872, no-hit the Brooklyn Superbas at Brooklyn’s Washington Park for seven innings during the nightcap of a September 24, 1906 doubleheader before the 1-1 game was called due to …

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