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Daily Friar 6.20.13 

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For the first time since the Dodgers series on June 3-5, the Padres have lost a series. Again the Padres ran into the problem of the bullpen falling apart on them late in the game. The sad part is that it’s not one person that is to blame for the bad bullpen outings. It always seems to be someone different each night. Yesterday was no different as this time it was Luke Gregerson who couldn’t miss the Giants’ bats. Eric Stults left the game in the seventh with a 2-1 lead when Bud Black decided to put in Gregerson, who we all know is usually a sure thing. The problem yesterday was that everything he served up looked like a batting practice fastball and the Giants were teeing off on him. He couldn’t get an out as he gave up two runs on four hits before Tyson Ross relieved him. Ross then shut the door real quick as he didn’t give up any hits and struck out five through 1 2/3 innings. The game of course was a little marred at the beginning with the Giants seeking retribution on Jesus Guzman, who they felt was showboating the previous night. I guess them getting the win in the end wasn’t enough. Madison Bumgarner tried throwing at Guzman, which cleared the dugouts, but that was about all that happened. Guzman got his final say as he later hit a home run off Bumgarner. Now the Padres are coming home to face the Dodgers for a four game stint. This one shouldn’t be that bad, we’ll just have to hear nonstop about Yasiel Puig. Ugh.
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Two homers, sharp Stults not enough in finale – Padres.com

“Gregerson yielded three seventh-inning runs and didn’t retire any of the four batters that he faced as the Giants rallied for a 4-2 victory over the Padres in front of a sold-out crowd of 41,866 at AT&T Park.”

A preview of today’s game – ESPN

“Marquis goes for a ninth consecutive victory and fourth in a row over the Los Angeles Dodgers, who visit Petco Park for the first time since April’s bench-clearing brawl Thursday night.”

Padres acquire Chris Robinson from Orioles – NBC Sports

“Robinson was batting .241/.268/.278 with 24 strikeouts in 113 plate appearances with Norfolk. The 29-year-old catcher will serve as minor league depth for the Padres.”

Padres request release waivers for James Darnell – MLBTR

The Padres have requested release waivers on Darnell, according to MLB.com’s Corey Brock, who confirms that Darnell is done for the season due to his injured shoulder.”

8 potential buyers at the deadline – Baseball Prospectus

“There’s a lot they need: hitting, pitching, a smaller ballpark, better uniforms, more national attention… but the mere fact that the Padres could make some transactions to compete with the Dodgers and Giants this year is another sign that we should all stop pretending to know about baseball in March.”

At Lake Elsinore with Luis De La Cruz – Padres 360

“In 2012, the Padres promoted Luis to Fort Wayne where he struggled some but the Padres still believed in him enough to send him to Lake Elsinore for the 2013 season.  He struggled the first month there, but has pitched well in May, giving up runs in only 2 of his 9 appearances.”

Padres and Pints interviews Greg Vaughn – Padres Public

“It’s a short interview, but it was awesome talking to him. He definitely looks like he could still crush some balls out of the ballpark. Enjoy!”

In defense of Bud Black – Richard Dorsha of The Friarhood

“Whatever your opinion is of Black, you cannot be proven incorrect.  The cumulative effect a manager has on a baseball team is next-to-impossible to quantify.  Therefore, fans are going to have opinions of the current Padres skipper based on anecdotal evidence.”

Daily Farm Round-Up: 6-19-13 – Alex Bartlett of The Friarhood

“Following a night in which every farm team won, every farm team was unable to record a victory tonight. Eugene’s anemic offense was able to score just 1 run in their 2-1 defeat. Despite an excellent start from Keyvius Sampson, San Antonio was only able to put 2 runs on the board and lost a tight one. Both Brandon Allen and Cody Decker hit home runs, but the pitching was unable to contain the 51s as Tucson lost 8-4.”

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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.