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Daily Friar 5.11.13 

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I wasn’t able to watch the game yesterday as I am up in Sacramento right now, but I was checking the score on my phone and reading the recaps of the game. A couple of things popped out right away, and they are that we should have won that game, the pitching fell apart in the seventh, and the Padres bats couldn’t find the ball. I think that pretty much sums up the game, right? So Edinson Volquez pitched six innings before turning the game over to the bullpen. He left with a lead and gave the game to a bullpen that is pretty rock solid so far this season. However, not everybody is going to be perfect every time they go out to pitch. This was the case for Dale Thayer last night as he couldn’t get anybody out and left a mess for Anthony Bass to clean up. The seventh inning wound up being the Padres’ undoing as the Rays scored four and went on to win the game 6-3. It should be the Padres’ formula to win games like those where the starting pitching does decent for 6-7 innings, then the bullpen can come in to shut the team down. Last night it just didn’t work out that way. Same teams at it again tonight, so let’s hope the outcome is better this time around.

Bats connect early but not often against Rays – Padres.com

“When the dust settled, the Rays had a 6-3 victory over the Padres in the first of three Interleague games, though the Padres certainly felt this one could have easily gone the other way before a crowd of 12,424.”

Burch Smith debuts for Padres – Union Tribune

“Not since Jake Peavy and Oliver Perez arrived on the scene in 2002 has a young Padres pitcher created more excitement with a mid-season promotion than Burch Smith.”

An interview with Joe Ross – MadFriars

“Still 19 years old (he turns 20 later this month), Ross sports a 2.84 ERA and a 1.07 WHIP, and hasn’t surrendered a homer yet this year. We caught up with Ross in spring training to talk about his preparations for this season.”

A nice piece on Luke Gregerson – Padres Public

“Knowledge is good. A disappearing slider is better. Equipped with both, Gregerson is tough to beat.”

Five good things from the Marlin’s series – Jeremy Nash of The Friarhood

“The Padres continued their winning ways on Wednesday, completing the sweep of the Marlins to improve to 16-18. There were many things to rave about from a perfect ninth by proven closer Huston Street to close the series to yet another Gyorko homer in the first game. But here are five things that I enjoyed this week.”

Lake Elsinore Storm Pitcher and Player of the Month – Cheri Bell of The Friarhood

“With many of the Padres highly rated prospects playing for the Storm it could be expected that they would be more successful. But this is one of the tougher places to play in the Cal League and they can be forgiven for a slow start.”

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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.