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Daily Friar 5.15.13 

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The Padres had a few flaws show up during the Tampa Bay series. First was that they had trouble holding a lead late in the game and second was that they were striking out too much. Despite the strikeouts they were still able to put runs on the board and make a game out of things. Yesterday was the first game in Baltimore and runs were coming at a premium for both teams as both pitchers looked good. Actually the Padres bats made Chris Tillman look good, while Andrew Cashner was spot on for most of the game. Tillman gave up a home run to Quentin (who should have had two in the game) and that was all the offense for the team until later. Cashner should have taken the win in this one, but again late in the game the lead was given up as he suddenly lost control of his changeup. However, when all looked to be lost, the Padres made a miraculous comeback and plated two in the top of the ninth. Enter Huston Street in the bottom and he quickly got two outs only to struggle to get that final out yet again. In the end the Padres came away victorious albeit just barely. Hopefully today’s game will come with less drama.
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Denorfia, Cabrera sun O’s with comeback in ninth –

“Faced with nearly an identical circumstance that he encountered just three days ago, Street pitched his way out of trouble as the Padres stunned the Orioles with two runs in the top of the ninth inning before holding on for a 3-2 victory before a crowd of 19,096 at Camden Yards.”

Padres release De Los Santos – NBC Sports

“De Los Santos was designated for assignment by the Padres over the weekend. The 27-year-old made two appearances with Triple-A Tucson this season prior to being placed on the disabled list.”

Draft notes – MLBTR

“After focusing heavily on high school pitching in last year’s draft, the Padres are likely to focus on bats, assistant GM of player personnel Chad MacDonald tells Chris Jenkins of the San Diego Union-Tribune. Particularly, the Friars will be looking for middle infield help.”

Most improved pitchers so far – Fangraphs
#2: Burch Smith

“Certainly informing that is the 37:6 strikeout-to-walk ratio Smith posted in his six Double-A Texas League starts (31.1 innings). Given his control and velocity (he sat at 93 mph even while conceding all those runs), improvement is likely for Smith.”

Mock MLB Draft – Through The Fence Baseball

“The Padres appear to be seeking a bat with this pick. With Ball, they could have a great one on their hands if they decided to make him a full time position player.”

Why don’t the Padres honor their history? – Padres Public

“At what point will the Padres honor more players, milestones, and records from their history? They do know that they can recognize players without retiring a number or building a statue, right?”

Daily Farm Round-Up: 5-15-13 – Alex Bartlett of The Friarhood

“Joe Ross threw a quality start, but the TinCaps offense couldn’t put up more than 2 runs on the board as Fort Wayne lost a pitcher’s duel. Both San Antonio and Tucson put up double digit run totals in their victories. San Antonio was led by home runs from red-hot Kalian Sams and Everett Williams, while Rene Rivera’s perfect night at the plate highlighted an impressive offensive performance by Tucson. Lake Elsinore had the day off.”



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.