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Friars on Base 3 hours ago

Padres Drew Pomeranz Continues Stellar Start But Coming Up Empty

The Padres are running out of superlatives to describe the start to the season that Drew Pomeranz is providing his new club. Amazing? Dazzling? Take your pick. Whatever word you use, the Padres are certain that it has to be a synonym with “great”. Pomeranz pitched another gem that will go without a reward Monday […] Padres Drew Pomeranz Continues Stellar Start But Coming Up Empty - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Friars on Base 6 hours ago

Padres Matt Kemp Swooning in May After Hot April

The Padres saw a rejuvenated Matt Kemp to start the season in April as he bolted out of the gate to lead the clubs offense with 7 home runs and 19 RBI and hit .283. He has come back to earth with a dreadful May and it is hurting the Padres. The Padres were pleasantly […] Padres Matt Kemp Swooning in May After Hot April - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Gaslamp Ball 7 hours ago

On patience, forgiveness, and saying things you can't take back

Doing the right thing isn't always fast or easy. When I stood for the national anthem at Petco Park last Saturday, I had no idea I was about to witness the makings of a scandal that would receive nationwide news coverage. Even after the recording finished and the San Diego Gay Men's Chorus shuffled awkwardly off the field, I didn't think much of it. It seemed to me that someone in the control booth had cued up the wrong audio file; an embarrassing mistake, but not a Roseanne-level catastrophe. The Padres would apologize to the chorus and have them perform at another game while the person...
NoNoHitters.com 18 hours ago

A’s pitcher Atkinson no-hits Pittsburgh, 132 years ago today

The Philadelphia Athletics’ Al Atkinson no-hit the Pittsburgh Alleghenys (Pirates), 132 years ago today. On Saturday, May 24, 1884, in an American Association match-up at Philadelphia’s Recreation Park, Atkinson notched his first-of two no-nos for a 10-1 victory. The right-hander from Clinton, Illinois, who also played outfield for the A’s, threw his second no-no against …
Gaslamp Ball May 24, 2016

Giants 1, Padres 0: Friars waste another fantastic start

How did this game feel even worse than yesterday's marathon? Well, Johnny Cueto has once again thrown a complete game shutout against the Padres. Drew Pomeranz stepped up for San Diego in a big way, throwing seven scoreless innings against the Giants to help out an exhausted bullpen, but the rest of the team didn't have his back. The offense managed a measly pair of singles off Cueto, with one more runner reaching base when Alexei Ramirez got beaned. But the more egregious failure came on defense in the bottom of the ninth. After Brandon Belt hit a leadoff single off Brad Hand, the reliever...
Friars on Base May 23, 2016

Padres Lose Finale Against Dodgers but Show Resolve

The Padres failed to sweep the Dodgers at home this weekend – but it took 17 innings for a winner to emerge in the finale Sunday afternoon. They still won the weekend series in some big intangible ways. The Padres did see two-thirds of their bullpen trio falter in the series – but each time […] Padres Lose Finale Against Dodgers but Show Resolve - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Gaslamp Ball May 23, 2016

Tony Gwynn's family files wrongful death suit against tobacco industry

Tony Gwynn's family has filed a wrongful death suit against the tobacco industry. Tony Gwynn Jr., Alicia Gwynn and Anisha Gwyn are named as plaintiffs in the case. They suggest that at the time that Tony Gwynn started dipping in the late 70's, while a collegiate baseball player, that the tobacco industry was purposely marketing their product to African-American men. The family of Tony Gwynn, who died of cancer in 2014, filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against the tobacco industry https://t.co/yTWlvFYmi9— NYT Sports (@NYTSports) May 23, 2016 “Now that the family understands how he...
Gaslamp Ball May 23, 2016

And The Nominees for the Best Baseball Movie of All Time Are...

Last week we started the process of determining once and for all the The Best Baseball Movie of All Time.  Any Gaslamp Baller was free to nominate up to ten films for the covenant distinction.  I took those results and used a super computer of sorts and ranked those films based on the nominations.  These nominations were weighted based upon the order placed by the nominator. Now  the Academy nominates between 5 and 10 films each year.  But according to Rule Sixteen, Article 2. "...no picture shall be nominated that receives less than five percent of the total votes cast."  Therefore I...
NoNoHitters.com May 23, 2016

Phillies’ Green no-hits Expos, 25 years ago today

The Philadelphia Phillies’ Tommy Greene threw a no-hitter against the Montreal Expos, 25 years ago today. On Thursday, May 23, 1991, Greene no-hit the Expos for a 2-0 win at Olympic Stadium. Greene struck out 10 but walked seven batters, needing 130 pitches to complete the no-no. Five days later, Greene threw a complete-game three-hit …
Gaslamp Ball May 23, 2016

Uni Watch seeks the Padres' signature uniform

Paul Lukas of Uni Watch asks the age old question: What's the Padres signature uniform? We both agree it's the 1980-1984 uniforms. Where we differ is he doesn't actually like them the most. I was a little surprised to see that the 72-73 all gold uniforms are some of his all-time favorites. I like them too, but they contain more gold than Fort Knox. What’s Your Sign(ature) – San Diego Padres | Uni Watch Nothing will ever approach the greatness of the 1978 one-year beauty, or the timeless elegance (and signature) uni of 1980-84, but at least the return to brown in 2016 can bring...
NoNoHitters.com May 23, 2016

Happy birthday Jordan Zimmermann, ‘Deacon’ Phillippe

Happy 30th birthday to the Detroit Tigers’ Jordan Zimmermann, who threw a Washington Nationals no-hitter on the final day of the 2014 season. On Sunday, September 28, 2014, Zimmermann no-hit the Miami Marlins for a 1-0 victory at Nationals Park. It was the first no-hitter for the Nationals franchise since its move from Montreal to …
Wonko / Gaslamp Ball May 22, 2016

Padres fail to sweep Dodgers in marathon 17 inning loss

The Friars fought furiously for the first 16 frames, but the finale fell the Dodgers way. The theme of this series has been late Padres comebacks and this game did not disappoint on that level. However, it did ultimately disappoint any that were hoping for a series sweep of the rival Dodgers. The late innings stuff also did nothing to help with the lack of excitement early in the game. In the first 4 and a half innings the only semblances of offense were a Trayce Thompson single and a couple hit batsmen. You could call it a pitchers duel, but it did not seem like either pitcher was...
Friars on Base May 22, 2016

Padres Yangervis Solarte Returns – Helps Padres Walk Off Over Dodgers

The Padres won for the second straight night in their last at-bat, this time Yangervis Solarte being the hero with a bases loaded walk in the 11th inning to give the Padres the 3-2 win over the rival Los Angeles Dodgers. The Padres Melvin Upton Jr. almost ended another one with a home run – just missing […] Padres Yangervis Solarte Returns – Helps Padres Walk Off Over Dodgers - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Gaslamp Ball May 22, 2016

Padres called upon to investigate incident during National Anthem

I wasn't at last night's game, but apparently there was a mishap during the National Anthem. I saw people talking about it soon after it happened on Twitter. Apparently the San Diego Gay Men's Chorus was on the field and set to sing but instead there was an error in the control room and the voice of a woman singing the National Anthem was played, while the men stood silently and embarrassed. It's hard to say why any track was played at all. Was there supposed to be a backing track for the chorus? Were they not supposed to sing live? I don't know. I didn't even consider that it might...
NoNoHitters.com May 22, 2016

Monarchs’ Eugene Marvin Collins no-hits Eagles, 67 years ago today

The Kansas City Monarchs’ Eugene Marvin Collins threw what is considered to be the final no-hitter in major Negro Leagues history, 67 years ago today. On Sunday, May 22, 1949, Collins no-hit the Houston (relocated from Newark) Eagles for a 14-0 victory that may have been called early due to the mercy rule. Collins, a …
NoNoHitters.com May 22, 2016

Happy 70th birthday to no-no thrower Jim Colborn

Happy 70th birthday to Jim Colborn, who threw the first home stadium no-hitter for the Kansas City Royals. Steve Busby threw two no-nos before Colborn, but both were on the road. On May 14, 1977, at Royals Stadium, Colborn no-hit the Texas Rangers for a 6-0 win. It was the first Royals no-no at the …
Gaslamp Ball May 22, 2016

Padres 3, Dodgers 2: Friars walk off again

Solarte returns to San Diego with some low-key heroism. For the second night in a row, the Padres walked off against the Dodgers. Tonight the blame falls on LA releiver Chin-hui Tsao, who walked three Friars in a row to bring home the winning run in the eleventh inning. Cesar Vargas still hasn't picked up his first win, despite allowing just two runs and four hits in seven innings of work, but he kept the team in the game to earn their second straight series victory over the Dodgers. It took five and a half innings for anyone to get on board in a game that started out has a pitchers' duel....
Friars on Base May 21, 2016

Padres Mistaken to Stick with Derek Norris Over Bethancourt

The Padres last night were going to use Christian Bethancourt in RF to get him some more at-bats. They scrapped that and called on him as a pinch hitter and he hit a home run – why isn’t he starting more at catcher? Padres fans were excited when they traded for Derek Norris – dubbed […] Padres Mistaken to Stick with Derek Norris Over Bethancourt - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Gaslamp Ball May 21, 2016

Cesar Vargas takes mound against Alex Wood and the Dodgers

Cesar Vargas will get a home start and attempt to secure a series win against a reeling Dodgers team. Melvin Upton, Jr., provided some fireworks in walkoff fashion after last night's win against the hated Dodgers. Cesar Vargas will take the mound in yet another audition for a starting rotation spot against the Dodgers. Vargas (0-2, 3.55 ERA) is essentially part of a tryout cast since both Tyson Ross and most recently Andrew Cashner have landed on the disabled list. Among those in contention for the rotation including Vargas are Christian Friedrich (who did not have his best showing last...
Friars on Base May 21, 2016

Padres Brandon Morrow and Cory Spangenberg Suffer Setbacks

Padres right-hander Brandon Morrow and second baseman Cory Spangenberg will now need to wait longer to return to action after both suffered setbacks earlier this week. Morrow went 2-0 last season with a 2.73 ERA in five starts. He went on the disabled list from May through August with a shoulder injury before needing season-ending […] Padres Brandon Morrow and Cory Spangenberg Suffer Setbacks - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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