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Daily Friar 4.20.13 

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It sure was an interesting game last night. First we had Edinson Volquez start showing some life as a good pitcher once again. We know he has solid stuff, but it’s a matter of him actually showing that he can control that stuff and make it work to his benefit. Last night was an improvement over his first three starts as he was able to last six innings only giving up two runs. He was a little wild at times though giving up three walks. Madison Bumgarner, on the other hand, was lights out as he too lasted six innings giving up two runs. The difference between him and Volquez was that Bumgarner gave up zero walks and struck out ten. Bumgarner’s two earned runs came courtesy of the returning Chase Headley, who had a sacrifice fly and a home run to his credit. All was knotted up going into the bottom of the ninth when the tenacity of the Giants got the better of the Padres and the Giants and was able to overcome Luke Gregerson’s pitching to grab the win. This is what makes a championship team though, a team that can find a way to get things done when it matters the most. I have seen the Giants so many times come through in the bottom of the ninth in front of their sold out home crowd to pull off the win. Simply put I am a little jealous of what the Giants’ organization has put together. Lot’s to get to today, so here you all go:
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Volquez’s solid start for naught in walk-off loss – Padres.com

“In the end, the Giants edged the Padres, 3-2, before a sold-out crowd as Angel Pagan doubled in the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning in the first game of a three-game series between these two National League West rivals.”

Tyson Ross questionable for next start – NBC Sports

“Tyson Ross (shoulder) remains at risk of missing Tuesday’s scheduled start against the Brewers due to a subluxation in his left shoulder.”

A look back at the Mike Adams trade from 2011 – MLBTR

“Time will tell if Wieland and/or Erlin can stick as big league starters, but I’d have to imagine that San Diego would be thrilled with the trade if even one of the two could be a part of the rotation for the next few years.”

Analyst says Tigers should trade for Huston Street – Detroit Free Press

“ESPN.com’s Jim Bowden has “five impulse moves that could work,” and one is for the Detroit Tigers: trading left-hander Drew Smyly or outfielder Avisail Garcia for San Diego closer Huston Street, 29.”

Chase Headley returning has Padres pumped – Rant Sports

“One thing is perfectly clear. Headley doesn’t have to hit ten balls into the bay to help the Padres play better. Just being there does plenty all by itself.”

Chris Denorfia is a hit in Little Italy and the Big Leagues – MLB For Life

“Affectionately called “Deno” by his teammates and colleagues, the agile and versatile 32-year-old San Diego outfielder is poised to have his best season of his major league career.”

Max Fried leads talented prospects in Fort Wayne – MadFriars

“This spring the Padres’ will send one of their most talented pitching staffs to Low-A Fort Wayne in the Midwest League. Four of the six starters were either first round selections, Max Fried in 2012 and Joe Ross in 2011, or supplemental selections in Zach Elfin and Walker Weickel in last year’s draft. “

Kyle Blanks making most of recent stint with Padres – Chicken Friars

“While it was only one series, Kyle’s performance was definitely some kind of wonderful.  Plus, I’m sure it was a huge confidence boost for the 26 year-old outfielder.”

Petco Park homers – Padres Public

“In case you’re wondering, the last time more than 16 homers were hit in the Padres’ first six games was 2000, at Qualcomm Stadium. That year, 21 were hit: nine by the Padres, 12 by their opponents.”

Five good things from the Dodger sweep – Jeremy Nash of The Friarhood

“Surprisingly it was hard to come up with five things again, but for all the right reasons. Let’s just say I could’ve done 500 good things a lot easier.  So here are five things that stood out for me.”

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

“Chase Headley – 1-3, HR, 2RBI.  All the talk of how the Padres missed Headley’s intangibles is only adding fuel to the fire for those that believe the Padres should keep him long term.”

Daily Farm Round Up: 4-19-13 – Alex Bartlett of The Friarhood

“Offense was not a problem for any of the Padres farm teams; Lake Elsinore scored the least amount of runs tonight with 6.”

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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.