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Daily Friar 5.22.13 

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It has been a while since the Padres have had to endure a beating like that. In fact the 10-2 loss is only outmatched by the 11-2 loss way back on Opening Day against the Mets. I knew going into last night’s game that it wasn’t going to be easy especially facing Adam Wainwright, but I didn’t expect the game to implode like it did. Edinson Volquez had a typical Edinson Volquez outing where the he completely fell off the rails in the fifth inning. Then Anthony Bass came in and seemed to be doing okay until an intentional walk loaded the bases leading to a grand slam. The lineup struggled except for a few bright spots, one being Jedd Gyorko who had three hits. The only problem was he had nobody on base to drive in. The top third of the lineup (Cabrera, Venable, and Headley) went 0-9 with two strikeouts and two walks. Yonder Alonso was batting fourth last night and he only went 1-4. I know the offense has been clicking of late and we are going to have off nights, but they need to do a better job than this if they are going to win consistently. Burch Smith goes at it again tonight to try to win the series. It would be great for him to get a win and it would be great for the club to take a series against such a hot team.
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Volquez derailed in fifth as Cardinals cruise –

“The onslaught broke a one-all tie, and from there, the Cards cruised to a 10-2 victory to even the series at Petco Park.”

A preview of today’s game – ESPN

“The San Diego Padres have had to deal with some of the best pitchers in the NL lately, though they don’t appear to be facing as tough of a challenge in their series finale against the St. Louis Cardinals.”

Clayton Richard made second rehab start – NBC Sports

“Clayton Richard (illness) gave up two runs in six innings Tuesday in his second minor league rehab start with Triple-A Tucson.”

A ptch F/X report on Jedd Gyorko – I R Fast

“Overall, Gyorko has shown that he has real MLB hitting abilities, handling the inside ball and good fastballs really well. Adjusting to the outside and low breaking ball has been a little bit of a struggle so far, and something he will need to improve on if he is going to be a consistent hitter in the big leagues.”

The Ballad of Kyle Blanks – Ghost of Ray Kroc at Padres Public

“C’mon, Bud! What does Blanks have to do to get at least a regular shot in the lineup? Especially at home in Petco, where his power comes in real handy at times.”

2003 MLB re-draft – Steve Adler of The Friarhood

“Keith Law of ESPN decided to redraft 2003.  With the 4th overall selection OF Nick Markakis was the Padres pick (original pick Tim Stauffer).”

Daily Farm Round-Up: 5-21-13 – Alex Bartlett of The Friarhood

“Both affiliates who played tonight, Tucson and Lake Elsinore, participated in extra inning matchups. Unfortunately for the Storm, their struggles continued as they lost a 17 inning game…On the other hand, Tucson managed to win their extra inning contest due to a great start from Clayton Richard and 3 scoreless innings from the bullpen.”



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.