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Daily Friar 6.21.13 

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After two maddening and heart breaking losses in San Francisco, the Padres came back home to face the Dodgers last night. The Padres were in need of a win to get back on track and continue to move up in the standings. What better way to do that then to beat up the Dodgers? The Padres did just that as they excelled late in the game yet again and were able to pull away and beat the Dodgers in the first of four. The bats came to life when needed, and the pitchers were backed by some stellar defense as three plays really stood out. The pitching was fairly solid as Jason Marquis went six innings before turning it over to the bullpen. Nick Vincent, Joe Thatcher and Luke Gregerson came on in relief and they all were dominant in their work. Then came in Huston Street with a four run lead. I don’t know how many times Bud Black needs to repeat a scenario before he learns that it won’t work, but I think we have figured out by now that Street does not pitch well when it is not a save situation (even if it is a save situation sometimes). He came in and gave up three hits right away before recording an out. The first hit was a home run followed by two singles. He was only helped out when he got a double play to stop the rally. This shouldn’t be happening though when this is your closer, the guy you put in the game to stop the other team and close the door. Anyways, it’s a battle of the Clayton’s tonight as Richard takes on Kershaw.
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Ciriaco’s big night, defensive gems lift Padres – Padres.com

“Saddled with bad luck, ravaged by a rash of injuries, the Padres have filled vacancies with more than just warm bodies, both during their recent run of success and during a 6-3 victory over the Dodgers before a crowd of 30,656.”

A preview of today’s game – ESPN

“Richard is winless in his last five outings against Los Angeles, going 0-2 with a 6.12 ERA. He was tagged for six runs in 4 1/3 innings at Dodger Stadium on June 4, giving up a three-run homer to Puig.”

Jedd Gyorko expected back next week – NBC Sports

“Gyorko took some ground balls on the field and hit in the cage Thursday. He is eligible to return next Tuesday, and it’s possible he’ll be ready at that time.”

Banged up but red hot – CBS Sports

“Though they will be tested in the next couple of weeks with this rash of injuries — and Cabrera’s name linked to the Biogenesis investigation is another concern — there also are others who really haven’t kicked it into gear yet.”

A Padres Dream Diary – Gaslamp Ball

“That’s right. My puny, no-talent self was in spring training for the Padres in this scenario. The first thing that I can remember was hanging up my shirts and hats in my locker when, of all people, Pedro Ciriaco walked up.”

Padres and the expectation game – Padres Public

“Pretty reasoned responses. I tend to agree. A .500 record would certainly exceed the preseason predictions and considering the health issues (Luebke and more recently Gyorko and Cabrera) would be a season that this organization could be proud of and utilize as a jumping off point for 2014 (which is widely considered to be the year the Padres and the influx of young talent will contend).”

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

“Even though the Pads lost the final two of the three game set in San Francisco, there were many positive things to take from this series.”

Unknown Eater: Wings N Things – The Friarhood

“Now added to the perfect combination list, Breadstick pizza and buffalo sauce, Cheddar cheese and bratwurst, Petco Park and Wings N Things!”

Daily Farm Round-Up: 6-20-13 – Alex Bartlett of The Friarhood

“The AZL Padres began their season with a win against the AZL Mariners. Many 2013 draft prospects made their first professional appearances. Elsewhere in the farm, Eugene shutout the Dust-Devils 3-0 while every other affiliate lost close games. Jeremy Baltz homered in his first game with the Storm while Walker Weickel enjoyed his most dominating performance since he has been drafted.”

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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.