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Daily Friar 4.11.13 

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Definitely a different game to watch last night compared to Opening Day. On Tuesday the Padres seemed to always be in it and then broke out to a monstrous lead. Last night they tried to get back into it and ultimately made a comeback effort and made a game out of things but wound up falling just short. Believe it or not the pitching actually kept us in the game, at least in my opinion. I figure if your pitching staff can limit the other team to under five runs then you should be able to have a good chance at winning that game. Of course though this Padres team has only put up more than four runs once this season and that was Tuesday. Interesting strategy came into play last night as well as Bud Black exhausted the bench too early and wound up having to play musical chairs in the infield. Mark Kotsay came in to play first which moved Alonso over to second, a position he has never played. After a misplayed ball Gyorko switched spots with Alonso and the inning eventually came to an end. There was fight in the bottom of the ninth which closed the gap a bit, but a fly ball ended it. Some good to take from this game are Nick Hundley having a 4-4 night and Will Venable followed up his 4 RBI game from Tuesday with a 1-4 night with an RBI. Here’s hoping we can get the series win tonight!
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Padres unable to overcome Stults’ slow start – Padres.com

“The Padres would certainly know as much, as no matter their late-inning theatrics and a two-run rally in the final inning, they fell to the Dodgers, 4-3, before a crowd of 22,843 at Petco Park.”

On Deck: Padres face Greinke – Union Tribune

“He faced the Padres once before while pitching for the Milwaukee Brewers in 2011, allowing two runs on five hits over six innings.”

Headley takes BP from both sides of the plate – NBC Sports

“Black said Tuesday that Headley should return towards the front-end of the 4-6 week timetable that was established, so it’s looking likely that he’ll be back before the end of the month.”

NL Pitching Prospects – Fangraphs

“Adding a quality third offering would bolster Fried’s arsenal, but due to his impressive command of his curveball and his above average fastball make neither pitch a requirement.”

Why San Diego is a bad baseball market – SD Padres Notes

“In the end, winning can conquer all, but winning the right way would be the best and most likely way to overcome the market shortcomings. Grow the product for good by acting like a Major League team.”

Sisterhood of the Traveling Jersey goes to Denver – Gaslamp Ball

“I really like Denver because it is so inexpensive compared to San Diego and the people are really nice. Everyone there seems really happy.”

Unknown Eater: Phil’s BBQ – Unknown Eater of The Friarhood

“Phil’s BBQ adds to the new cuisine found at Petco this year.  Call it lucky, call it genius, but don’t call me late for dinner!  Adding this delectable choice to the park gives visitors a taste of San Diego that one may not find otherwise.”

Good, Bad and Ugly from yesterday’s game – Steve Adler of The Friarhood

“Nick Hundley – 4-4 Building off a solid game Tuesday, Hundley looks like he making the turn.”

Daily Farm Round-Up: 4-10-13 – Alex Bartlett of The Friarhood

“The Lake Elsinore lineup managed to bang out 5 home runs, but the pitching was not able to hold up its end of the bargain as the Storm lost 7-5.”

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About the author: Matt Rennick

Born and raised in San Diego and a Padres fan since day one. On that fateful night of September 6, 1989 when I came into this world, the game was on in the delivery room and the Padres beat the Astros and I have been forever engrained with Padre blood. I have followed sports my whole life and have written the Daily Friar for over a year and enjoy bringing all of you the news each morning.