11:44 PM EDT, Fri September 04, 2015
Sons of Steve Garvey 4 hours ago
Game 134 Thread: Sept. 4 @ Padres, 7p

Game 134 Thread: Sept. 4 @ Padres, 7p

STILL WEIRD.Mike Bolsinger (5-3, 2.83) vs. James Shields (10-6, 3.78). Despite last night's dispiriting lose-from-ahead loss, the Dodgers have won eight of their last ten. More importantly, SoSG and our awesome readership are on a five-GT streak of 100+ comments. We've made 978 comments over five games. Let the streaks continue!
Friars on Base 5 hours ago

Padres Minors: El Paso Continues Playoff Surge

While the San Diego Padres have only the slightest of chance to make the playoffs in 2015 – their AAA affiliate is in a dead pennant race in the final days of the season. Thursday former big league players Will Middlebrooks, Rymer Liriano and Jake Goebbert homered as El Paso defeated rival Las Vegas 51’s to […] Padres Minors: El Paso Continues Playoff Surge - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Marlon Byrd's $8 million option might vest

He was barely off the pace when he came to the Giants. He's back on track, if barely. But the Giants have a plan. Marlon Byrd has been a fun player to watch over the last couple weeks, hitting well-timed dingers and driving in all sorts of runs. He's found money. And he's just great for puns. "Marlon? I hardly even Marloff" is the only one I can think of right now, but I'm told there are several others. Ignore that Baseball-Reference says he's been slightly below replacement level since coming over (because of his defense), if only because it makes you feel better. He's been fine. That...
Friars on Base 12 hours ago

Padres: Padres Come Back Late to Beat Dodgers

Hits came aplenty in Thursday night’s come-from-behind victory as the San Diego Padres defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers 10-7 at Petco Park. Yangervis Solarte led the way for the Padres going 4-5 and Jedd Gyorko hit a go-ahead two run homer in the 8th inning to cap a dramatic comeback after the Padres fell behind […] Padres: Padres Come Back Late to Beat Dodgers - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Gaslamp Ball 20 hours ago

Padres 10, Dodgers 7: Yangervis Solarte has a really good night

Tonight's game started out as the story of a rookie taking on a former Friar, but halfway through it turned into an all-out slugfest as the Padres and Dodgers combined to score 17 runs. The good guys came out on top with the help of a couple timely bombs from Yangervis Solarte and Jedd Gyorko, combined with three shutdown innings from Kevin Quackenbush and Joaquin Benoit. Colin Rea came out of the gate strong, allowing only one hit and two walks in his first four innings of work. Onetime Padre Mat Latos had less success. Solarte opened the game with a double to left center field. Latos...
Gaslamp Ball Sep 3, 2015

Game 134 Preview: 09/03 Padres vs. Dodgers

Colin Rea makes his fifth career start for the Padres while Mat Latos makes a return to his former baseball home for the first time as a division rival. The Padres continue their season-long homestand this evening and open up a four-game set against the NL West leading Dodgers. One of the newest Friars, Colin Rea, will take the mound opposite one of the newest Dodgers and former Friar, Mat Latos, in the series opener tonight. Rea made his Major League debut on August 11th and started his career strong, winning his first two starts by keeping opponents to five runs through 10 2/3 innings....
Sons of Steve Garvey Sep 3, 2015
Game 133 Thread: Sept. 3 @ Padres, 7p

Game 133 Thread: Sept. 3 @ Padres, 7p

Mat Latos (4-9, 4.76) vs. Colin Rea (2-2, 5.95). O happy day! Jose Peraza has a sore hamstring (that's the sad part, and what's up with this team and hamstrings?), and super-prospect Corey Seager is getting his long-awaited callup to the majors. What's the big deal? Take it away, Ken Gurnick: Seager, 21, was taken with the No. 18 selection in the 2012 Draft, and he's rapidly progressed through the Dodgers' farm system. He turned heads last season by batting .352 in 80 games at Class A Rancho Cucamonga, and he followed up by hitting .345 in 38 games for Double-A Chattanooga. Seager, a...
Friars on Base Sep 3, 2015

Padres and Navy Team Up In Dominican Republic

In 2008, the Padres opened up a state of the art complex in an effort to incubate Latin American ball players.   Wow, that sounds like Disneyland.  With state of the art facilities players in the Dominican Republic Academy have access to the resources they need to reach the big league level.  In addition to […] Padres and Navy Team Up In Dominican Republic - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Tim Lincecum has hip surgery, out for season

We might have seen the last of our diminutive hero in a Giants uniform. It's okay to mope. According to Jon Heyman, Tim Lincecum has already undergone season-ending hip surgery. Bobby Evans confirmed on KNBR that Lincecum's season was done, even if he was a little less clear about the surgery. This wasn't entirely unexpected. This isn't going to affect the Giants' chances for the 2015 season. It's still a mighty fine reason to mope. The surgery doesn't guarantee that Lincecum is gone, of course. He isn't likely to get a guaranteed contract before next season, not unless he gets a very,...
Gaslamp Ball Sep 3, 2015

Who was the Series MVP for the Padres Against the Texas Rangers?

Vote for the Series MVP The final month. Only 9 series' remain in the 2015 season for the Padres and they started September with another losing series. This time, it came against the visiting Texas Rangers. In the last series, James Shields was the Series MVP with 59% of the vote. This series went just about the same way. Batters Game 1 Game 2 Game 3 Total Alonso 10 4 X 14 Amarista X 2 X 2 Barmes 0 X 8 8 Gyorko 4 2 3 9 Hedges 0 0 0 0 Jankowski 11 2 -5 8 Kemp 9 24 -2 31 Norris X -1 0 -1 Solarte 3 3 1 7 Spangenberg 9 6 3 18 J. Upton 2 -1 5 6 M. Upton...
Sons of Steve Garvey Sep 3, 2015

More Praise For Kershaw's Wednesday Beat-Down

Great infographics, both from ESPN:
Friars on Base Sep 3, 2015

Seven Padres Prospects Headed to the AFL

Yesterday the rosters for the Arizona Fall League were revealed. Each year every team sends a group of players to one of six teams to make up the rosters for the AFL. This year the Padres will send their prospects to the Peoria Javelins. The players going are Travis Jankowski, Ryan Butler, Michael Dimock, Elliot Morris, […] Seven Padres Prospects Headed to the AFL - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Sons of Steve Garvey Sep 3, 2015

Something Fishy Going On With Don Mattingly?

Don Mattingly has been linked to reports of his candidacy as manager of the Miami Marlins, and even the Dodgers' own website is happy to report on this: LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers manager Don Mattingly on Wednesday dismissed any talk of him leaving Los Angeles, despite rumors swirling about him going to Miami as a potential replacement for Marlins interim manager Dan Jennings. Mattingly said he first heard of the rumors when his son, Preston, called him about them Wednesday morning. "He's the one that informs me what's going on. I have no idea where that comes from," Mattingly said. "I'm...
Sons of Steve Garvey Sep 3, 2015
Post-Game 132 Thread: Kershaw Koncludes Giant Sweep

Post-Game 132 Thread: Kershaw Koncludes Giant Sweep

DODGERS 2, GIANTS 1 It took 132 pitches and was definitely white-knuckled at the end there, but Clayton Kershaw struck out Marlon Byrd with two on in the bottom of the ninth to secure his 15th K, tied for his career high, as well as give the Dodgers the victory. With the win, the Giants were summarily swept in the three-game series, sending them to their fifth straight loss. The Giants now sit 6.5 games back in the NL West, as well as 6.5 games back in the wild card. I would never count these cockroaches out, but obviously we could not have asked for a better outcome in this...
Friars on Base Sep 2, 2015

Padres News: Vincent Recalled, Marcos Mateo Activated

On Tuesday, Shawn Kelley and Derek Norris were removed from the game against the Texas Rangers due to injuries. Luckily, the calendar has already passed September 1. At the top of the month, the Padres called up Nick Vincent from AAA El Paso and activated Marcos Mateo from the 15-day disabled list. Nick Vincent has […] Padres News: Vincent Recalled, Marcos Mateo Activated - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Friars on Base Sep 2, 2015

Padres News: Derek Norris and Shawn Kelley Hurt Tuesday

All was going well for the San Diego Padres in Tuesday night’s game against the Texas Rangers. Then came the 7th inning with the score tied 4-4 and the Padres knowing that with a victory they would gain ground on either the Giants or Dodgers who were playing each other. When the dust had settled […] Padres News: Derek Norris and Shawn Kelley Hurt Tuesday - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Sons of Steve Garvey Sep 2, 2015

Game 132 Thread: Sept. 2 vs. Giants, 7p

Clayton Kershaw (11-6, 2.24) vs. Mike Leake (9-6, 3.53). Two games, two one-run victories for the Dodgers, who have overcome not only the arch-rival Giants to win the series, but also have overcome another round of baffling substitution and bullpen choices (the bullpen has actually been great these last two games, bailing Don Mattingly out), not to mention the evil plans of Ron Roenicke, Sleeper Agent (TM). If Kershaw can reduce Mike Leake to his ordinary vegetative state (see above picture), things might actually be looking up here.

Don't worry so much about Ehire Adrianza

Focusing on the slump of a backup shortstop is a fine way to get very, very angry for no good reason. Every team needs a scapegoat, a hacktastic hitter or struggling reliever. Remember Gregor Blanco last year? Sure you do. If you're in the mood for some yuks, scroll through the #FreeGaryBrown movement, being careful to weed out the ironic mentions. People were so very mad at Blanco, mad enough to completely forget how valuable he was in the previous two seasons. It's like Voltaire tweeted that one time: If the Giants didn't have someone worthy of being scapegoated, it would be necessary to...
Sons of Steve Garvey Sep 2, 2015
Not to Take You Away from SoSG....

Not to Take You Away from SoSG....

... But BR's article about CAL RIPKEN'S 2131st GAME is worth a read. Lou Gehrig's record stood for a half-century, and it felt like it had been there forever. Cal Ripken Jr.'s record has stood for 20 years, and it feels like...wait, has it really been 20 years since that fabulous night when he passed Gehrig by playing in his 2,131st consecutive game? "It seems like yesterday in one way," Ripken said. "And then there's the realization that it's been 20 years." Twenty years. It's a lifetime for the guy who might be the best shortstop in baseball today. Carlos Correa was born two weeks after the...
Friars on Base Sep 2, 2015

Padres News: Casey Kelly Continues Resurgence

Casey Kelly continues his slow advancement towards making it back to the major leagues, throwing 6 strong innings last Sunday in AAA El Paso and striking out 5. He allowed just 2 runs on 5 hits in El Paso’s 4-2 win as reported by Jeff Sanders of the San Diego UT. Kelly has had an […] Padres News: Casey Kelly Continues Resurgence - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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