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Daily Friar 5.21.13 

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There has been one word floating around lately about the Padres to describe their play recently: scrappy. This team has been scrappy for the better part of a month now as they have been finding ways to win games and holding on to leads against good teams. All offseason we were waiting for that big move to improve the team but the upper managment said that the team was good where they were at, which left a lot of us skeptical. Enter this year and they start 2-10 and we were all questioning the front office even more. However, enter the Dodgers series and things slowly start to look forward. I say slowly because it has been a slow process with some minor setbacks here and there. The nice thing is when the Padres have lost recently it was only for a couple games then they went right back to winning. After getting swept in Tampa they went to Baltimore to sweep, then came home against a tough Nationals team and lost two, only to take the next two to split the series. Now enter the best team in the National League and the Padres were able to take game one from them. This is the third win in a row, third win in the past five games, and now they are only two games below .500 and 4.5 games out of first place. It is a slow process, but it is most definitely progress. Today Edinson Volquez takes the mound (I know I cringed too) against Adam Wainwright (I cringed again). Full previews and recaps from last night are below:
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Marquis, Padres continue strong stretch – Padres.com

“Jesus Guzman shook his arm violently before he walked down the first-base line. Pinch-hitting in the sixth inning, Guzman took a pitch off the forearm with the bases loaded to force home what would be the game-winning run as the Padres defeated the Cardinals, 4-2, in front of 18,763 fans at Petco Park on Monday.”

A preview of tonight’s game – ESPN

“The right-hander has had a difficult time versus the Cardinals in recent years, going 1/3 with a 6.60 ERA in his last six starts against them. Matt Holliday is 7 for 17 with two homers off Volquez.”

James Darnell could need another surgery – NBC Sports

“James Darnell could need another surgery on his left shoulder after injuring it at Triple-A Tucson on May 14.”

Everth Cabrera is producing where it counts for Padres – Rant Sports

“Cabrera leads the team in hits and runs scored. He leads the majors with 18 stolen bases including his three during Sunday’s route of the Washington Nationals.”

Padres foundation announces “Wins For San Diego” – Scoop San Diego

“The “Wins for San Diego” initiative was inspired by Alfredo Harp Helú, a partner in the club’s ownership group. Mr. Harp, along with his Foundation, pledges $2,000 per win during the 2013 season to the Padres Foundation’s community efforts.”

An interview with Jonathan Galvez – MadFriars

“Jonathan Galvez, 22, has always been one of the more interesting prospects in the organization. At 6’3” he is tall and rangy for a middle infielder and in five plus minor league seasons has a career OPS of .804.”

Will Venable batting second pains Avenging Jack Murphy’s soul – Padres Public

“Who is Will Venable in 2013? It’s still a small sample (the story of Will Venable’s career) but while hitting 2nd Will Venable’s slash line looks like this: .214/.290/.381”

A slew of new articles from The Friarhood:

Padres affiliates among top sellers in MiLB – Ian Edward Russell Smith

“Along with this announcement, Minor League baseball released a list of its top 25 clubs in sales and among its top sellers were two Padres minor league affiliates: The Fort Wayne TinCaps (Single-A) and the Lake Elsinore Storm (Advanced Single-A).”

Will Venable be worth it? – Chris Kelly

“The fans have been given a standing narrative about Venable, and it generally goes something like: he came late to baseball (basketball kept him from focusing on it) but will blossom into a solid everyday player with the possibility of all-star potential. Well, Venable is officially 30+, and I think it’s safe to say that the waiting is over.”

Open Discussion: Yasmani Grandal’s return – Steve Adler

“In the spirit of the “open discussion”, this is when you get to play general manager.  Leave your comments below of what you think the Padres should do when Grandal is eligible to return to the team.”

Five good things from the Nationals series – Jeremy Nash

“The Padres were able to salvage a series split from a very good team over the weekend after dropping the first two on Thursday and Friday.”

Good, bad and ugly vs Cardinals – Steve Adler

“Jason Marquis – 6IP, 3H, 2R, 1ER, 4BB, 3K.  Cutting down on the walks would be nice, but Marquis has six wins, tied for third in the NL.”

Daily Farm Round-Up: 5-20-13 – Alex Bartlett

“Led by a strong game from catcher Rodney Daal, the TinCaps put 7 runs up on the board in their victory against the Captains. The Storm’s struggles never end; they allowed 16 runs and were blown out in their 30th loss of the year. Despite a strong start from Matt Andriese, the Missions lost a pitcher’s duel 4-3. A poor performance by the Tucson bullpen led to their 11-8 loss tonight.”

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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.