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Daily Friar 5.18.13 

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Two words: Huston Street. That’s all you need to know right now as the Padres lost yet another game due to a bad pitch from their All-Star closer. One week almost to the day from blowing a save in Tampa, Huston Street gave up what proved to be the game winning home run in the 10th inning to Chad Tracy after another Padres rally to tie things up. Consider this the point of the season where the Padres are going to be the heart breakers. They have the potential to win games, and should be winning these games, but they haven’t been able to close games out and get the “W.” It’s ironic now that the offense has been pretty solid, the pitching has ultimately been what has failed them. In years past it was the other way around. What we really need is both things to click all at once. No excuses for Thursday’s game as we got shut down by Strasburg, but last night should have been a nice walkoff win. Tonight both teams go at it againas Eric Stults looks to take on Jordan Zimmerman who has been on fire of late with a 7-1 record and 1.69 ERA. Here’s hoping the Padres can beat a good pitcher.
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Padres rally in ninth but fall in 10 to Nats – Padres.com

“Street was dinged again on Friday, as he allowed a pinch-hit home run to Chad Tracy in the 10th inning, which proved to be the critical blow in the Nationals’ 6-5 victory over the Padres in front of a crowd of 29,898 at Petco Park.”

A preview of tonight’s game – Yahoo

“The Padres hope to avoid their sixth loss in eight games as Stults tries to pick up a San Diego rotation that has a 6.83 ERA over its last six starts.”

Padres promote Tim Stauffer – Ian Edward Russell Smith of The Friarhood

“In order to make room for Stauffer on the 40-man roster, the Padres made a corresponding move in designating RHP Thad Weber for assignment.”

Hoffman has the drive to get the Padres home – Union Tribune

“Hoffman doesn’t have the luxury of the second guess. A Padres base runner hits second, picks Hoffman up and is either waved home or spots the stop sign.”

Cameron Maybin inching closer to return – Rant Sports

“Maybin hit in the batting cage for the first time on Thursday since suffering the wrist injury. It is obviously a huge step in the recovery process, as the six-year player gets closer to a hopeful return at the end of the month.”

Padres don’t intend to trade Chase Headley – MLBTR

“There’s been plenty of speculation that the Padres will trade Chase Headley this July after he stated his unwillingness to negotiate an extension mid-season, but Jon Heyman of CBS Sports writes that the team still has no intentions of moving him.”

A piece on Burch Smith by Avenging Jack Murphy – Padres Public

“The Padres are not about Jason Marquis, Eric Stults, or even Clayton Richard. These arms do not represent the future of the San Diego Padres.”

Daily Farm Round-Up: 5-17-13 – Alex Barltett of The Friarhood

“Both Fort Wayne and Tucson won by 1 run, but in very different fashions…Lake Elsinore lost their 5th in a row despite a strong performance from Cory Spangenberg and San Antonio was blown out in Matt Wisler’s second Missions 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.