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Daily Friar 5.17.13 

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The Nationals are in town for a four game set right now. This is tough to swallow for the Padres as the Nationals are one of the best young teams in all of baseball at the moment and a lot of people are predicting that they are going to go very far in the playoffs this year. When you have strong offensive talent in Bryce Harper, Ryan Zimmerman, Adam LaRoche and company you know that runs are going to be put on the board. Mix that in with some outstanding pitching and you have yourself a great ball club. Edinson Volquez got the start foe the Padres last night, and as with every start you have to wonder if you’re going to get Bad Volquez or Good Volquez. The last handful of starts we got Good Volquez, last night we got a mix of both for the most part. He walked a lot (four) but he also struck out quite a few (seven). The problem was that he also gave up five runs and his ERA is sitting at 5.55 now. On the other side Stephen Strasburg pitched for the first time at Petco and was spot on. He left after 8 innings of work only allowing one earned run on three hits and striking out five. So the ball was being put in play and runners were getting on via the walk, but the Padres went 0-7 with RISP. This of course is going to have to change if they want any chance of playing consistently good baseball.
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Volquez stumbles after strong start – Padres.com

“The Padres’ bats went quiet against the San Diego native Thursday night, mustering just three hits in eight innings, as they dropped the opener of a four-game set against the Nationals, 6-2.”

Preview of tonight’s game – ESPN

“Rookie Burch Smith is scheduled to get a second turn in the rotation with Clayton Richard on the disabled list recovering from an intestinal virus.”

Clayton Richard to make another rehab start – NBC Sports

“Richard struck out eight over six innings of one-run ball Thursday for Tucson, but the Padres want him to have another tune-up.”

Johnny Manziel was in attendance at the game yesterday – CBS Sports

“Manziel’s ongoing offseason Magical Mystery Tour pulled into San Diego Thursday for a stop at the Padres’ Petco Park.”

An interview with Dean Anna – MadFriars

“Quick. Name the Padres’ middle infielder that is hitting .321/.389/.537? Unless you really follow the ins and outs of San Diego’s system you aren’t going to get it, but that should change soon.”

Nick Hundley and Yasmani Grandal sort of make peace – Gaslamp Ball

“Their relationship is fine, it won’t be damaging moving forward. But you look at those situations and I think there are times that a guy wished he had said it a little differently. I think Nick handled it well and on the other hand Yasi handled it well also.”

Left Coast Bias gives us a look at the first 40 games – Padres Public

“The team is better. This is true by any metric but you likely didn’t need a bunch of numbers to tell you that. Your eye can tell you that this team is playing better and with more confidence.”

Five good things from the Baltimore series – Jeremy Nash of The Friarhood

“What’s the best way for the Padres to answer back from a painful sweep handed to them by the struggling Rays in dreary Tropicana Field? It’s to sweep the AL Wild Card leading Orioles in beautiful Camden Yards, of course.”

Daily Farm Round-Up: 5-16-13 – Alex Bartlett of The Friarhood

“The Missions were the only team in the Padres organization tonight that managed to win a game. Kalian Sams continues to just flat out hit as his offensive output made a difference in the game.”

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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.