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Daily Friar 4.25.13 

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The Padres won last night. As far as headlines will show, that is the bulk of what happened. They did so with a great pitching performance from Edinson Volquez, and then one monster home run from Carlos Quentin. They did manage one more run on a crazy miscue by the Brewers and it was a good thing they did. The game was 2-0 going into the bottom of the ninth when Huston Street came in for the save. What should have been an easy one, two, three inning turned into an adventure after the second out. Some fielding problems turned into one run before the Padres could get out of the inning. The Padres are going to have to win with good pitching and defense mixed with some timely hitting. For the most part we got two of the three last night. There was the issue of having the bases loaded with nobody out and they couldn’t get a run home. This was especially frustrating as Jedd Gyorko swung at the first pitch after a four-pitch walk before him. Yes the pitch was down the middle, but what are swinging for? It resulted in a line drive out that turned into a double play. So minor frustrations aside, the Padres did win the game. Here are your links for today:
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Volquez, Quentin end Brewers’ win streak – Padres.com

“It’s been a struggle at nearly every turn this season for the Padres, though Wednesday proved to be a much welcomed respite from the misery of the first three weeks, as they edged the Brewers, 2-1, before a crowd of 17,205 at Petco Park.”

With subtle changes, Padres hope Petco plays fair – Padres.com

“Starting this season, it’s been much easier to “hang with ’em,” as the Padres have modified the fences at their nearly 10-year-old ballpark after years of grousing — players, front office, fans, etc. — unveiling some changes that at best qualify as a move toward neutrality and not completely to it.”

Update on recent Padres roster moves – Brandon Cline of The Friarhood

“The Padres have made some more roster moves today in addition to Robbie Erlin being called up, which we broke earlier today.”

Padres need bigger changes than a returning Carlos Quentin – Rant Sports

“Seriously though, maybe Quentin can do some good but the team needs a ton of work. It might not be too early to make some changes roster wise.”

An in depth look at Robbie Erlin – Through The Fence Baseball

“He is a control artist on the mound, pinpointing both sides of the plate effortlessly. He is also a bulldog competitor.”

An interview with Keyvius Sampson – MadFriars

“The big key for Keyvius’ future success will be his ability to command three pitches. He’s is off to a rough start in Tucson with a 6.97 ERA in three starts.”

Enigmatic front office stirs up frustration – Chicken Friars

“I’m hoping that this is all an elaborate master plan to develop a dynasty by Josh Byrnes and Co. My gut tells me they might just be the dumbest organization of the last ten years.”

Avenging Jack Murphy breaks down Jedd Gyorko’s at bat last night – Padres Public

“It sounds to me like Jedd Gyorko got what he wanted and hit it hard but unfortunately the results weren’t there. But with that type of approach . . . they will be.”

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

“Edinson Volquez – I suppose this is where I’m supposed to say that Volquez pitched like an ace tonight and helped the Padres end a losing skid.  I’m not going to go that far, but he was great tonight.  7IP, 5H, 0ER, 0BB, 3K.”

Daily Farm Round-Up: 4-24-13 – Alex Bartlett of The Friarhood

“San Antonio won off the strength of the right arm of Matt Andriese. The righty was dominant again tonight; his 6 scoreless innings lowered his ERA to 0.86. Frank Garces struggled as the Storm lost to the JetHawks. 2012 1st round draft pick, Walker Weickel performed well in his 3rd start of the season as the TinCaps won their 10th game of the season. The T-Pads had the day off.”

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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.