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Daily Friar 4.5.13 

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It is always nice to get that first win under the belt. Yes it took three games to do it (and they barely squeaked by) but the win is theirs and the Padres will not make a run at the Orioles’ 0-21 start from 1988. The only thing is they need to do a better job at winning earlier in the series so that they can maybe win a series every now and then. The Mets are not a good team by any means, but the Padres made them look good. The same thing goes for the Rockies who they play tonight. The Rockies are an even worse team than the Mets in my opinion and the Padres should be able to grab two of three or even a sweep from them this weekend. This would be a great confidence boost going into the home opener against the Dodgers on Tuesday. This is the weak point of the April schedule right now, so we should be winning these games. It only gets tougher from here on out for the rest of the month as the Padres have to face the Dodgers (twice), Giants (twice), and Brewers. So let’s hope for that win tonight!
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Stults, Gyorko carry Padres to first victory – Padres.com

“The Padres got back to their own brand of baseball Thursday, when they played a tight National League pitchers’ duel against the Mets. San Diego, which had been outscored heavily in the season’s first two games, notched its first lead of the season early and held on to take a 2-1 win over the Mets.”

Three pitching prospects throw zeroes in openers – Union Tribune

“Three of the Padres top pitching prospects – right-handers Donn Roach, Matt Wisler and Joe Ross – all pitched five scoreless innings Thursday night as the Padres minor league affiliates opened their seasons.”

Padres fans angry about ticket switch – 10 News

“‘I want the Padre fans of San Diego to know that the Padres are greedy, and they sold out loyal fans for the mighty dollar,’ said longtime Padres fan Kathleen La Gamma after she learned the team had switched her season tickets on the evening of what she considers to be the big game of the year.”

A preview of the Lake Elsinore Storm – MadFriars

“Enjoy this team now if they are together for a full year then something is going wrong. The most balanced of all the Padres’ farm clubs for offense and pitching with potential stars in catcher Austin Hedges, starting pitcher Matt Wisler and a few that could join them very quickly.”

Sacrificing the number two hitter – Padres Public

“Why give away an out so early in the game in the hope of scoring a single run? The fact that the Padres didn’t score after Cabrera’s bunt and ended up losing, 11-2, makes it look ridiculous, but regardless of outcome, this is a poor tactic.”

Game 4 Preview – Gaslamp Ball

“Today is the home opener at Coors Field and this season is the 20th Anniversary of the Rockies organization, so there will be lots of pre-game celebrations prior to the first pitch at 1:10pm. Then, the action will get underway as Jason Marquis and Jeff Francis take the mound in our first NL West matchup of the season.”

Scouting the Opponent: Colorado Rockies – Chicken Friars

“Every series, we at Chicken Friars will ask the editor of  the FanSided team the Padres are playing some questions. We call this segment Scouting The Opponent because we are asking the questions to get to know the opposition. For our this  Scouting The Opponent segment, we interviewed Rox Pile Editor Hayden Kane.”

Five Good Things, Opening Series Edition – Jeremy Nash of The Friarhood

“But as the resident optimist of the Friarhood, (to me PetcoPark is half full), it is my job to point the finer things performed by our Padres in a given series. So without further ado, here is the debut of “Five Good Things”.”

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

“The Missions and the TinCaps won their openers while the T-Pads and the Storm were unable to come away with victories.”

Friarhood Staff Predictions 2013 – Richard Dorsha of The Friarhood

“Predictions are fun, and little else. They are certainly not informational, so no running to the casino, but here’s how the Friarhood writers see the 2013 season shaking out”

Padres lineup for today’s game – Corey Brock via Twitter

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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.