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Daily Friar 4.6.13 

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When your offense isn’t giving you anything to work with a pitchers next best friend is defense. This is especially true when you have two outs. Your job as a defender is to get your pitcher back into the dugout as quickly as possible and not have to allow him to work extra batters in the inning. More often than not those extra batters will spell trouble. Such was the case yesterday as Jason Marquis was pitching pretty well going into the third inning with a 1-0 lead. With two outs a ground ball was hit right to Everth Cabrera who misplayed it and couldn’t get the runner at first and allowed the runner at third to score. Again this was with two outs, so it shouldn’t be that big of a problem you just get the next guy out right? Wrong. The next batter was Carlos Gonzalez who Marquis was forced to pitch around and subsequently walked. Next up is the ever dangerous Troy Tulowitzki, who pummeled a mistake pitch into the left center gap driving in the two runners. This ultimately spelled doom for the Padres who couldn’t crawl back. If the offense isn’t going to score more than a couple runs a game then the pitching and defense need to lock down. If that doesn’t happen then, well, we’re in for a long long season.
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Key error sinks Padres in loss to Rockies – Padres.com

“Marquis got 14 ground-ball outs, though that elusive 15th grounder could have had the biggest impact on the final score, as the Rockies coasted to a 5-2 victory before a sold-out crowd of 49,077 at Coors Field.”

Padres grounds crew concluding busy offseason – Union Tribune

“This offseason has been unlike any other at Petco Park. In addition to re-surfacing the field with more than two acres of new sod, the Padres grounds crew has had to contend with the most significant alterations at the ballpark since its opening in 2004.”

San Diego Padres have star with Jedd Gyorko – Rant Sports

“You know that other MLB teams will make adjustments on Gyorko as he moves around the league, but if he can just focus on making the adjustments he needs to, he will become a player that has star potential.”

A preview of the Fort Wayne TinCaps – MadFriars

“While we have talked about pitching strength at San Antonio and Lake Elsinore the TinCaps are in a league of their own with four top 20 pitchers in their rotation and you could make a pretty good argument that Justin Hancock and Tayron Guerrero could join them by the season’s end.”

Five non-existant baseball cards for Alexi Amarista – Gaslamp Ball

“Today is the twenty-fourth birthday of everybody’s favorite little ninja, Alexi Amarista. Unfortunately for him, me, and the rest of his fans who will never love him the way I do, our hero still doesn’t have a baseball card issued of him as a member of the Padres even after nearly a year of service.”

Good, Bad and Ugly for yesterday’s games – Steve Adler of The Friarhood

“Jesus Guzman – 2-4 RBI.  After sitting the pine in New York, Guzzzz got a chance to swing the wood against LHP Jeff Francis.”

Daily Farm Round-Up: 4-5-13 – Alex Bartlett of The Friarhood

“Despite the phenomenal pitching performances both the T-Pads and the Missions lost tight pitcher’s duels. The Storm won largely due to Cory Spangenberg’s 4 stolen bases and Kyle Gaedele’s 2 solo bombs while the TinCaps rode a 6 run 9th inning to victory.”

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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.