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Daily Friar 6.17.13 

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A little over a week ago the Padres opened a four game series in Colorado. Going into that series the Padres had yet to beat the Rockies this season. Coming out of that series the Padres were able to split before coming home to face two first place teams back to back. To be honest, I didn’t have very high hopes going into Monday’s game against the Braves because they were the best team in the league and we looked to be outmatched. However, the Padres stayed strong and took game one. Then they took game two and before you knew it we had swept the Braves before finally getting a day off. Riding an emotional high the Padres welcomed in the Diamondbacks to Petco and said this is our house, we’re taking this series too. And they did just that as they finished off a three game sweep yesterday afternoon on the back of an excellent pitching performance from Clayton Richard (I know I had to take a double take too) and a monster three run home run from Kyle Blanks. This past week has now led to the Padres having a winning record for the first time since the beginning of the 2011 season, and we are sitting just two games back of first place in the division standings. Currently it is the Dbacks followed by the Rockies (0.5), the Giants (1.5) and the Padres (2.0). Now the Padres enter a very important series against the Giants and can be in third place tonight if they can pull off yet another win. It’s exciting times Padres fans, let’s keep this going!
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Blanks’ blast gives Padres sixth straight win – Padres.com

“Blanks hit a game-deciding three-run home run in the eighth inning that gave the Padres a 4-1 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks at Petco Park.”

A preview of tonight’s game – ESPN

“Volquez will try to limit the Giants again while earning his first win over San Francisco since Aug. 29, 2008. He has given up two runs in each of his last four matchups, including April 19, but has not received a decision in any of those games.”

Everth Cabrera dealing with hamstring injury – NBC Sports

“Cabrera suffered the injury while trying to steal second base in the eighth inning of Sunday’s win. The Padres will update his status early this week.”

Padres’ turnaround begins with pitching, timely hitting – MLB.com

“There were no team meetings, no dramatic speeches, none of that stuff. All the Padres did was keep playing hard. Suddenly, the pitching turned around. In Jason Marquis, Eric Stults and Andrew Cashner, they have three first-rate starters. Since 5-15, the Padres are 23-6 in their starts.”

The Padres, as no team has been before – Fangraphs

“It’s not odd that people still aren’t really talking about the Padres. It’s somewhat odd that the Padres have rallied to reach a pretty good record. It’s extraordinarily odd how the Padres have gotten to this point, and this team could end up one of the weirder teams in history.”

Sean O’Sullivan working on playing in San Diego – Arizona Daily Star

“O’Sullivan is 6-3 with a 3.70 ERA in a team-leading 14 starts. He leads the team in wins, innings pitched (82 2/3) and strikeouts (71).”

Padres at their all time best – Gaslamp Ball

“With the Padres continuing on their hot streak and 69 games under their belt, they’ve now tied the best ever record in franchise history for teams who ignore their first 20 games. That’s something to be proud of.”

A point of contention – Padres Public

“First, let’s just take a second to laugh at the Dodgers. Okay, that was fun. Now back to the…holy crap! Look at how bunched up the NL West is.”

Greinke proves Quentin is not an idiot – Glen Miller of The Friarhood

“The important thing to take out of this is that Greinke did INTENTIONALLY hit Montero with a pitch. And not only did he throw at Montero with a purpose, he did so four times in that at bat.”

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

“Wow, What a weekend! Our Padres keep getting better and better. We just swept two first place teams, got over .500 and sit just two games out of first. Amazing.”

Daily Farm Round-Up: 6-16-13 – Alex Bartlett of The Friarhood

“Robbie Erlin was lit up in his shortest outing of the year. Erlin’s ERA skyrocketed from 3.75 to 5.50 following the dismal start.”

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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.