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NoNoHitters.com 54 mins ago

Bumgarner no-hits Padres through 6, Upton breaks through

The San Francisco Giants’ Madison Bumgarner no-hit the San Diego Padres through six innings on Monday night, losing his bid on a Justin Upton single to lead off the seventh inning. Bumgarner was trying to become the third Giants pitcher to no-hit the Giants. Jonathan Sanchez no-hit the Padres at AT&T Park on July 10, …
Friars on Base 4 hours ago

Padres News: Padres Hit The Road To San Fran

The San Diego Padres (14-12) travel to the Bay Area to face the improved San Francisco Giants (12-13). Both teams are coming off of sweeping their opponent. The Padres swept the Colorado Rockies right out of San Diego to give them a happy flight north. The Giants swept the Los Angeles Angels at home and […] Padres News: Padres Hit The Road To San Fran - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Gaslamp Ball 5 hours ago

The Padres are scoring more runs than last year, lots more

I saw this tweet yesterday from the U-T's Matt Calkins.  It signals quite the turnaround for a pathetic Padres offensive team from 2014 to this year, but all that run scoring has only earned the 2015 two more wins than their predecessor. Padres' run total through 26 games last year? 69. Through 26 this year? 131 — Matt Calkins (@Matt_Calkins) May 3, 2015 The 2015 Padres are averaging 5.04 runs a game, the most for any Padres team in the Petco Park era.  Get this, that 131 runs is the exact same number of runs the 1998 team scored in its first 26 games.  They however had 19 wins at...
Gaslamp Ball 6 hours ago

Austin Hedges and Repairing the Padres Pitching

Last year's 4th best staff by ERA has dropped to 18th best so far in 2015 despite adding James Shields and Craig Kimbrel. Can the whiz-kid receiver help the Padres re-capture their dominant pitching and build on the team's talented arms? The Padres pitching staff was widely considered the backbone of the team heading into the season - even before it was bolstered by the game's best reliever.  Through the first 26 games of the season the talented group has under-performed to the tune of a 4.03 ERA  How does the addition of backstop extraordinaire Austin Hedges affect the pitching...
Friars on Base 8 hours ago

Padres News: Padres Designate Wil Nieves For Assignment

After new broke last night that the San Diego Padres had call up catching prospect, Austin Hedges, we were all pretty sure that this would be the next move. To make room on the 40-man roster, the Padres have designated backup catcher, Wil Nieves, for assignment to. Nieves won the backup catcher position behind Derek […] Padres News: Padres Designate Wil Nieves For Assignment - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Friars on Base 13 hours ago

Padres Editorial: We Traded Carlos Quentin For This Guy?

Look, this article isn’t saying that Craig Kimbrel is not worth every penny that the San Diego Padres are paying him this season and the title is entirely in jest. He is absolutely a dominant closer and a piece that the Padres needed if not now, then down the road as already we see that […] Padres Editorial: We Traded Carlos Quentin For This Guy? - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
NoNoHitters.com 16 hours ago

Champagne order jinxes Farrell’s no-no, 26 years ago today

The Cleveland Indians’ John Farrell lost a no-hitter in the ninth inning, 26 years ago today. Farrell was no-hitting the Kansas City Royals through eight on May 4, 1989 when the Royals’ Kevin Seitzer led off the ninth by dropping a fly ball the dropped inside the right-field line for a base hit. A United …
Friars on Base May 4, 2015

Padres News: Padres To Promote Austin Hedges

In a surprising move, the San Diego Padres have decided to call up top catching prospect Austin Hedges, according to Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union Tribune. Sources: Austin Hedges is being called up by the Padres. — Dennis Lin (@dennistlin) May 4, 2015 At this moment the related move is unknown, but it’s […] Padres News: Padres To Promote Austin Hedges - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Gaslamp Ball May 3, 2015

Austin Hedges is getting called up

If you've kept an eye on the El Paso Chihuahuas, you might have noticed that Austin Hedges is off to a hot start with the Padres' AAA affiliate. While drawing rave reviews for his work behind the plate, the young catcher has had some serious trouble with his bat. But in his 75 plate appearances this season, he's hitting a nice .343/.413/.552 line. Let's hope that's not just an illusion created by the notoriously hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League, because the word is he's about to get his first shot at the big leagues. Sources: Austin Hedges is being called up by the Padres. — Dennis...
Gaslamp Ball May 3, 2015

Padres 8, Rockies 6: Sunday Sweep Day

It was another Sunday Run Day at Petco Park, and the Padres came out of the slugfest with their first sweep of the season. Justin Upton led the field today, going 3-4 with a homer and two doubles. He was joined in the dinger club by Derek Norris and Jedd Gyorko (yes, you're reading that right). The game started off in the worst way possible, with James Shields giving up a solo shot to Rockies leadoff man Charlie Blackmon. After allowing a single to Corey Dickerson, Shields settled down to strike out the side. In the bottom half of the inning, Kyle Kendrick got the first two outs without...
Gaslamp Ball May 3, 2015

Game 26 Preview: 05/03 Padres vs. Rockies

The Padres really needed a win coming into this three-game set at home against the Rockies. Well, they've got two so far to clinch the series and get back over .500 on the season, and today they go for the sweep to close out the homestand. They'll turn to James Shields in the finale. The ace has pitched a quality start in each of his five appearances this season, winning both of his decisions while posting a 2.90 ERA. In four career starts against Colorado, Shields is 2-1 with a 3.96 ERA. That includes a six-inning showing last month at Coors Field, where he gave up three runs on six hits....
Friars on Base May 3, 2015

Padres News: Morrow, Offense secure Win for Padres

The San Diego Padres continued their winning in May with another solid win against the Colorado Rockies.  Not with their usual MLB leading offense, but with timely hitting and solid pitching. Brandon Morrow turned in another impressive pitching performance, allowing only two earned runs over six innings of work to improve his record to 2-0. […] Padres News: Morrow, Offense secure Win for Padres - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
NoNoHitters.com May 3, 2015

Liriano’s no-hitter for Twins, four years ago today

Lefthander Francisco Liriano threw a no-hitter for the Minnesota Twins, four years ago today. Liriano, now a member of the Pittsburgh Pirates, no-hit the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday, May 3, 2011 for a 1-0 victory at U.S. Cellular Field. The game also marked his first shutout and first complete game, including his time in …
NoNoHitters.com May 3, 2015

Happy birthday to two-time no-no thrower Homer Bailey

A happy 29th birthday to Homer Bailey, thrower of two no-hitters for the Cincinnati Reds in 2012 and 2013. Bailey, who will miss the remainder of the 2015 season to undergo Tommy John surgery, first no-hit the Pittsburgh Pirates for on Friday, September 28, 2012 for a 1-0 win at PNC Park. Less than a …
Gaslamp Ball May 3, 2015

Padres 4, Rockies 2: You can stop panicking now

If you've been kvetching about something during the Padres' recent slump, this game was for you. Tired of Wil Myers not taking pitches? He drew two walks tonight. Terrified of the bullpen? Brandon Maurer and Craig Kimbrel combined to throw three perfect innings. Defense got you down? Tonight was an error-free performance, with a few impressive grabs. Everything went according to plan as they beat the Rockies 4-2. Myers got the team on board quick. He led off the bottom of the first inning with a walk and then scored on back to back singles by Derek Norris and Matt Kemp. That 1-0 lead...
Gaslamp Ball May 2, 2015

Game 25 Preview: 05/02 Padres vs. Rockies

The Padres got a much-needed win yesterday in their series opener at home against the Rockies. It was their second 14-3 win over Colorado, the first of which came against tonight's starter, Jorge De La Rosa. De La Rosa opened up the season on the disabled list, then gave up nine of those 14 runs to the Padres on April 20th, his first game back. The nine runs tied a career high for the southpaw, but he did much better his last time out against the Giants, giving up only two runs on four hits and striking out seven. De La Rosa hopes to continue his success at Petco Park, where he is a...
Friars on Base May 2, 2015

Padres News: Tyson Ross Losing Control?

Tyson Ross had a breakout 2014 and many expected him to build on that success heading into 2015. He was within 5 innings of 200 innings pitched, had an ERA of 2.81, struck out 195 with 72 walks and of course made the All Star team. Yet 2015 isn’t off to quite as rosy a […] Padres News: Tyson Ross Losing Control? - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Friars on Base May 2, 2015

Padres News: Former Padre Carlos Quentin to Retire

Former San Diego Padre Carlos Quentin has opted for retirement after playing for Seattle AAA affiliate, the Tacoma Rainers.  Fox Sports Ken Rosenthal reported that Quentin will indeed be paid the remainder of his $8 million salary. Quentin was immediately dropped by the Atlanta Braves after being included in a trade package for Craig Kimbrel. […] Padres News: Former Padre Carlos Quentin to Retire - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
NoNoHitters.com May 2, 2015

98th anniversary of double no-no, 3rd anniversary of Weaver’s

Today is the 98th anniversary of baseball’s only double nine-inning no-hitter. The Chicago Cubs’ Hippo Vaughn and the Cincinnati Reds’ Fred Toney each held their opponents hitless through nine innings of baseball at Weeghman Park on Wednesday, May 2, 1917. The game went to the 10th, and the Reds scored on a single, an error …
Gaslamp Ball May 2, 2015

Padres find a new, better use for Truck Nutz

You know, coming into this season, I heard a lot of speculation that the Padres might have issues with team chemistry because of all these new guys coming from different clubhouses. But so far they've proven to fit really well together and seem to have a lot of fun. There's a ton of personality on this team, which can be bad sometimes if those personalities clash. But judging by the way they interact (at least from what we've seen in the dugout and heard in the media), all these personalities seem to complement each other, resulting in quite a few fun and memorable moments for us fans. ...

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