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Daily Friar 6.15.13 

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When the game started out with a Gerardo Parra double things looked a little grim. This was especially true when he came around to score to give the Diamondbacks an early 1-0 lead. Then mix that in with Trevor Cahill striking everybody out to quiet the offense for most of the game, then things looked very bleak. However, Eric Stults was that much better. That lead off double was the only hit he gave up all game until one out in the ninth when Willie Bloomquist hit a single, but Stults was able to get the next two batters to end the game. A complete game two hitter on a night where we were celebrating the 15 year anniversary of the 1998 National League Championship team. A team that featured Kevin Brown, Andy Ashby, and Sterling Hitchock just to name a few. Stults pitched like he belonged in that rotation leading a team to a pennant. The win wouldn’t have been possible without a little offense mixed in their too. The sixth inning started out with the bases loaded against Cahill. Read that again as bases loaded, nobody out. This was the prime time to put a huge dent in the scoreboard and run away with the game. Kyle Blanks came up and battled before striking out; one out. Then Will Venable came up and he struck out; two outs. So here we are with two outs and nothing to show for a bases loaded situation. Enter Logan Forsythe, who thankfully hit a single into centerfield to score two runs. That was the final score 2-1 as the Padres are now one game close to .500.
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Stults goes the distance with two-hit gem – Padres.com

“Stults pitched like one on Friday night, throwing a two-hitter in a 2-1 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks in front of 23,364 at Petco Park.”

A preview of today’s game – ESPN

“The Padres (33-34) have won four in a row thanks largely to a 1.71 ERA from the starters, who have each gone at least seven innings in each contest.”

Padres honor memorable 1998 team – MLB.com

“Arguably? Those Padres won 98 games and seven more in the postseason, both club records by a landside. So that word can be excised.”

For Blanks, it’s “happy time” – Union Tribune

“Here, “happy time” has blossomed. Entering Saturday, Blanks was hitting a career-high .276 with six home runs and 22 RBIs — this in just 127 at-bats, now with the real hope of more to follow.”

Padres acquire Pedro Ciriaco – MLB Daily Dish

“To make room on the 40-man roster, the Padres designated James Darnell for assignment. In 15 games for Triple-A Tucson this season, the 26-year old third baseman is hitting .246 with 10 RBI.”

Street reinstated; Decker, Layne optioned – Ian Edward Russell Smith of The Friarhood

“In addition to the optioning of Decker and Layne, the Padres have re-instated closing pitcher Huston Street from the 15-day DL.”

Padres sign second round pick Dustin Peterson – MLBTR

“The Padres have signed second-rounder Dustin Peterson, a high-school shortstop, tweets Corey Brock of MLB.com. Brock also tweeted that Peterson’s bonus will land above the $1.082MM slot recommendation for the 50th overall pick, with Baseball America’s Jim Callis reporting (via Twitter) that the deal is for $1.4MM.”

Daily Farm Report: 6-14-13 – MadFriars

“Sean O’Sullivan, Keyvius Sampson, Frank Garces and Joe Ross all turned in impressive wins at the top of the system, but only two clubs got the victory.”

Speculating on the Marquis, Richard flip-flop – Gaslamp Ball

“Don’t you think that maybe, just maaaaaybe, there might be more to this than they’re letting on? Could it be that they’re getting their ducks in a row to have someone make a spot start in Clayton’s stead?”

When the Padres were King – Padres Public

“The 1998 team is different. I remember that season. But it occurs to me that there may be many fans who, like me with the ’84 team, are only aware of the Padres National League pennant in 1998 but don’t actually remember it. So, allow me to be your tour guide through the 1998 season.”

Tuscon Padres player Daniel Robertson – Mylo Erickson of The Friarhood

“So far Robertson has played in 641 games, with 2,424 at bats and has accumulated 747 hits in his current minor league career. His career batting average is at .308.”

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

“Greetings friends of the Friars, it is I, the resident Padres optimist to give you your reasons to celebrate the last series played in a positive manner. Well sweeping the NL East division leaders is a great and easy way to do so. So here are my five.”

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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.