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Friars on Base 1 hour 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
Wonko / Gaslamp Ball 7 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 11 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...
Friars on Base 22 hours ago

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
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...
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
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,...
Gaslamp Ball Apr 18, 2014

04/18 Padres Preview: Game 17 vs. Giants

Coming off a split against the Rockies, our Padres will take on another NL West rival this evening as the Giants come to town for the final series of the homestand. Tyson Ross will take the mound in the series opener, trying to build off his first win of the season. On Sunday he kept the Tigers to one run on six hits and a walk while striking out seven batters in seven innings of work. It was an encouraging performance, especially after he yielded 11 total runs (though only five were earned) while walking nine in 10 1/3 innings over his previous two starts. The right-hander has yet to...
Gaslamp Ball Apr 18, 2014

Cashner on cardboard: The new stuff

I finally got around to getting some 2014 baseball cards yesterday, albeit due to no effort on my part. A few showed up in my mailbox yesterday thanks to my pal Marcus. Along with four Joey Cora cards, an assortment of older Padres, and a couple of guys with the same elbow tattoo as me, he included these two Andrew Cashner cards from this year. The first card is Cashner's card from Donruss's Breakout Pitchers insert set. Panini Brands revived the Donruss name this year after nearly a decade. The set has its limitations, most obviously the lack of logos and team names due to Topps' monopoly...
The Padres are possibly the world's most obnoxious sports team

The Padres are possibly the world's most obnoxious sports team

Oh. Good. The Padres. Oh, good, the Padres. We have … what … 18 more of these games? Okay, let's dig in. Wikipedia defines the Padres as "a Major League Baseball (MLB) team based in San Diego, California." Wikipedia also alerted me to the fact that the Padres have retired Randy Jones's number. It is impossible to make up a Padresier fact. Jones did win a Cy Young, but he also has a career 100-123 record with a 101 ERA+. He is the San Diego Padres of players with retired numbers. The Padres retired Steve Garvey's number. Steve Garvey is a Dodger who played for the Padres for four...
Gaslamp Ball Apr 18, 2014
Tony Gwynn continues battle with cancer, now out indefinitely as coach of SDSU

Tony Gwynn continues battle with cancer, now out indefinitely as coach of SDSU

In the past week I'd been noticing that more and more people were coming to Gaslamp Ball looking for articles related to Tony Gwynn's health.  It made me worry because I figured it must mean that his condition had changed. Apparently Gwynn is no longer able to coach full time at San Diego State University  He is now out indefinitely.  As best as I can tell there has been no formal announcement, but there was an update on Twitter from last night's game: @ucibsb and San Diego St. scoreless through 2 SDSU Coach Tony Gwynn (battling cancer) not in attendance and remains out...
Gaslamp Ball Apr 18, 2014
Padres' attendance in first 10 home games

Padres' attendance in first 10 home games

I saw this tweet four days ago from VP of Marketing Wayne Partello regarding the Padres attendance. Actually the stat is that #PetcoPark is currently #7 in MLB attendance. #EvenMoreThanksToOurFans — Wayne Partello (@WaynePartello) April 14, 2014 I suspected that the Padres were so high on the list because they had had more home games than other teams and also played opponents with larger fan bases, namely the Dodgers and the Tigers.  But are attendance numbers really up? Now that the Padres have played 10 home games I thought I'd compare their attendance to other Padres' seasons.  I...
Friars on Base Apr 18, 2014

Chase Headley Contract Offer: How Much is He Worth?

  Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reported this week that the Padres made a contract offer to Chase Headley this winter. The club offered him a three-year deal consisting between $33 million and $39 million. Apparently Headley’s camp was looking for considerably more. However, neither the Padres nor Headley’s agent have confirmed Heyman’s report.  Currently, […]Chase Headley Contract Offer: How Much is He Worth? - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Friars on Base Apr 18, 2014

Ian Kennedy Strong Early in San Diego Padres Loss to Colorado Rockies

Padres Starter Ian Kennedy faced the minimum 15 hitters through his first five innings Thursday, but surrendered three runs in the seventh as San Diego fell 3-1 to the Colorado Rockies at Petco Park. Working with a 1-0 lead, Kennedy(1-3) allowed a Nolan Arenado double to start the top of the 6th, then retired the […]Ian Kennedy Strong Early in San Diego Padres Loss to Colorado Rockies - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Gaslamp Ball Apr 17, 2014

Rockies 3, Padres 1: Is It Still A Gem If There's No Offense To Back You Up?

Ian Kennedy took a no-hitter into the sixth inning today, but a combination of quiet bats and sloppy defense still led to him being tagged with the loss. The Padres offense picked up just four hits in Franklin Morales's six-inning stint. One of those was Xavier Nady's solo shot to left field that led off the fourth inning and provided San Diego's sole run. The wheels fell off of Kennedy's gem in the top of the seventh, starting with a one-out double down the third base line courtesy of Corey Dickerson. That was followed by a walk to Troy Tulowitzki. Then Justin Morneau hit a long fly ball...
NoNoHitters.com Apr 17, 2014

7,182: Kennedy loses no-no in 5th on ball that hits the 3B bag

Ian Kennedy took a no-hitter into the sixth inning Thursday before giving up a Nolan Arenado single down the third base line that hit the bag, making it impossible for third baseman Alexi Amarista to make another save. That marks …
Gaslamp Ball Apr 17, 2014

Switchfoot previews the Padres season

Billboard Magazine is doing a series where musicians preview their "hometown" baseball team.  The San Diego Padres ended up with the Christian rock band Switchfoot, specifically brothers Tim and Jon Foreman. I'm not familiar with their music at all, so I'm getting to know them through this article. The brothers don't get off to the best start in my eyes since they're from Boston and haven't totally and completely rejected their allegiances to the Red Sox.  San Diego has far too many Boston transplants for my liking and they never stop talking about their teams, ever. Play Ball: Switchfoot...

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