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Daily Friar 5.9.13 

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We had ourselves an old fashioned pitcher’s duel yesterday at Petco Park. Jason Marquis and Ricky Nolasco each went deep into the game only turning their final inning over to the bullpen. Nolasco pitched seven innings giving up only four hits and one walk while striking out nine. His only blemish was the Yonder Alonso fly ball that scored the games only, and winning, run for the Padres. Jason Marquis was able to go eight innings allowing five hits and one walk with three strikeouts and giving up zero runs before giving the ninth inning to Huston Street. If the pitching can remain this solid over the rest of the season, the Padres are going to be in pretty good shape. Of course the offense needs to pick up some too, but they did what they had to yesterday. Tonight they have the day off as they celebrate their sweep of the Marlins before taking on the Rays in Tampa. I think it will be a tough, well played series that could see the Padres take two of three. Lastly, I would like to wish a happy birthday to Mr. Padre, Tony Gywnn!
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Marquis dominates as Padres win fourth straight – Padres.com

“It’s probably a good thing he doesn’t, otherwise the Padres might have had a difficult time pulling off a three-game sweep of the Marlins on Wednesday, as Marquis tossed eight innings in a 1-0 win before a crowd of 16,730 at Petco Park.”

Burch Smith to start Saturday – Union Tribune

“Through six starts this season, Smith has a sparking 1.15 ERA. In 31 1/3 innings, he’s allowed 17 hits and just six walks while striking out 37. Opposing hitters have been stymied to the tune of a .155 batting average.”

Padres need Andrew Cashner to perform – Rant Sports

“If he pitches with confidence, knowing that his defense and ballpark will aid his success, he could easily have as many strikeouts as innings pitched.”

An interview with Justin Hancock – MadFriars

“He turned it around with the Emeralds, showing the promise that made the Padres go over slot for him in 2011. He went 5-2 with a 1.61 ERA and led the staff in innings pitched with 72.2 as he held the Northwest League batters to a .204 batting average.”

Padres starting pitching has awakened – Chicken Friars

“If the starting pitching can stay afloat, it will be interesting to see what the Padres do at the trade deadline. Or scary as hell.”

Chase Headley = Trade Bait – Padres Public

“Headley told the press that he doesn’t want to negotiate anything during the season. That he wants to concentrate on his play and not be distracted. Well, guess what’s happening as a result? Out-of-town media has already started with the trade speculation.”

Padres franchise cursed on their 36th game – Gaslamp Ball

“They’ve lost a horrifying 82% of their games. Coincidentally that’s 36 losses in 44 games. By far the worst in their history.”

Nick Hundley talks to the press – Brandon Cline of The Friarhood

“That said, something to be said about being a little too candid and Nick probably did just that. Those are some strong words about a teammate you will more than likely see before the All Star Break.”

Daily Farm Round-Up: 5-8-13 – Alex Bartlett of The Friarhood

“It was a great night in the entire Padres organization. The San Diego Padres swept the Marlins with a 1-0 victory and every single affiliate that played tonight won.”

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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.