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Daily Friar 5.25.13 

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The Padres’ road woes continued last night as they dropped game one over in the desert. Eric Stults started the game well and had a 1-0 lead going into the seventh that he promptly gave up. Bud Black then turned to bullpen who decided to give up four more runs before closing the inning out. The Padres tried to comeback and failed yet again. Everth Cabrera got things started with a home run in the top of the eighth and there was a small rally that looked to get started in the ninth, but it didn’t happen. So not only did the team lose on the road again, but they lost a late lead again. This was pretty reminiscent of Tampa Bay from a couple weeks ago. I know I should move past that series but it really has stuck with me and I’m still waiting for those wounds to heal. I had to question Bud Black last night in his decision with Stults. Stults gave up a couple hits in the sixth before getting out of the inning unscathed. Then he came into the seventh and gave up a double right away. At that point I would have taken him out of the game, but typical Bud Black fashion he left Stults in for four more batters! Those at bats resulted in another double, a ground out, a walk and another double. What also got me worried in that inning was how quickly Buddy was switching pitchers after he took Stults out. This is the first game of twenty in a row, the bullpen needs to be used wisely. Anyway enough ranting. Both teams are at it again tonight as Andrew Cashner looks to stop this small skid.
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Stults, Padres felled by five-run seventh in Arizona – Padres.com

“The end result translated into the Padres dropping their third straight game, 5-2, to the D-backs, with all five runs coming in the seventh off Stults and the bullpen.”

A preview of tonight’s game – ESPN

“Looking for a third consecutive win, Cashner tries to help the Padres avoid a fourth straight loss Saturday night against the Arizona Diamondbacks.”

Clayton Richard could return early next week – Padres.com

“After finishing their weekend set in Arizona, the Padres will begin a four-game Interleague series with the Mariners in Seattle on Monday. Edinson Volquez is slated to start the opener, but the club needs someone to take the mound Tuesday. That will likely be Richard, if he’s ready.”

Cameron Maybin begins rehab assignment – NBC Sports

“Cameron Maybin (wrist) went 1-for-3 with a single in his first rehab game Friday with Triple-A Tucson.”

Will 2013 be the year for the Padres first no hitter or cycle? – Sports Media 101

“These are not just near-misses; they are should-have-beens. Two involve missed no-hitters, the other a golden, but passed up, cycle opportunity.”

Storm win in marathon at The Diamond – MadFriars

“In the bottom of the seventeenth inning Travis Whitmore scored on Corey Spangenberg’s bunt signal to give the Storm a 4-3 victory in their second seventeenth inning game in less than a week.”

Padres tell us their favorite baseball movies – Gaslamp Ball

“Marty Caswell too asked most of the current Padres players their favorite baseball movies in some sort of weird coincidence.”

A look at the new fences – Padres Public

“Through the end of this last homestand against the Cardinals, the Padres opponents have hit eight new-fence home runs to the Padres four. For the math impaired, that’s twice as many. The visitors also scored 17 runs on those eight long balls, vs. 6 for our team. That’s very close to three times as many. Great if you’re not the Padres, not so good if you are.”

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

“But all was not lost as there were many positives from Yonder Alonso’s continued improvement on defense to Kyle Blanks and Alexi Amarista’s contributions off the bench.”

Daily Farm Round-Up: 5-23-13 – Alex Bartlett of The Friarhood

“The TinCaps lost a close pitcher’s duel despite a great start by Zach Eflin and a dominating relief appearance by Michael Kelly. The Missions won a pitcher’s duel of their own as top prospect Matt Wisler dominated. Tucson’s offense was shutdown and Sean O’Sullivan was touched for 8 hits and 4 runs in 6 innings as the Padres lost 5-1. Lake Elsinore did not play due to a power failure.”

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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.