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Daily Friar 5.19.13 

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Finally the Padres won a game that they should have won. No late leads got away from them and there was no blown save to have to worry about. We knew going into the game that Jordan Zimmerman was going to be tough to score on and he proved that to be right last night. What we didn’t know was how Eric Stults was going to pitch. Stults has been pretty solid over the season for the most part, but he has had some shaky outings in the past. His most recent one came in Tampa last week, so there was some question as to how he would do. He gave us our answer last night as he went 8 solid innings allowing just one run and taking the “W” as the Padres were able to score in the bottom of the 8th to take the lead and the win. Huston Street came in to pitch the 9th and I’ll admit that I was a little worried, and deservedly so as I don’t think I have to remind you Friar Faithful how he has pitched the past week. He started off with a walk, but got the double play on a strike out/throw out. Then he walked Adam LaRoche (which I understand not giving him anything good to hit) then finally got the final out on a pop to shallow right. As always with Street it proved to be a roller coaster finish to a well pitched game. Today the Padres and Nationals wrap up their series as the Padres look to split. Andrew Cashner takes the hill as he looks to keep up his great season so far.
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Stults spins gem to lead Padres past Nats – Padres.com

“Those were words to live by Saturday for Stults, the 33-year-old left-hander who opened the game with five no-hit innings and stuck around long enough to get a victory as the Padres edged the Nationals, 2-1, before a crowd of 33,646 at Petco Park.”

Padres option Brad Brach to make room for Quentin – Padres.com

“Reliever Brad Brach, who had the second-lowest inherited runners scored percentage, was optioned to Triple-A Tucson before Saturday’s game against the Nationals.”

A preview of today’s game – ESPN

“San Diego is looking for back-to-back wins over Washington for the first time since a three-game winning streak from May 28-June 9, 2011.”

Luebke stops throwing program for second time – NBC Sports

“Luebke was shut down in early March before resuming sessions of catch on April 1, and he had progressed to throwing off a mound before this latest setback.”

Padres made a minor league move – MLBTR

“The Padres signed outfielder Mike Wilson to a minor-league deal, according to MLB.com’s transactions page. The former Mariners prospect hit .239/.343/.452 for Triple-A Tacoma last year. He has 27 career big-league at bats.”

A review of Burch Smith’s last start – Fangraphs

“According to Brooks Baseball, Smith threw 59 fastballs and induced swinging strikes on 12 of them — a rate considerably above league average for a fastball.”

Daily Farm Report: May 18 – MadFriars

“After the Grandal news, two nice pitching performances by O’Sullivan with Tucson and Needy for Lake Elsinore. Errors do in Fort Wayne and Roach has another tough outing for the Missions.”

Yasmani Grandal goes 2-4 in first game back – Gaslamp Ball

“In his first game of his 10-day “rehab” stint before his return from his 50-game suspension, Grandal went 2-4, scoring one run and driving in another.”

 

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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.