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Daily Friar 6.22.13 

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Last night had to go down as one of the weirder starts to a game that I have seen. After throwing just two pitches, Clayton Richard promptly walked off the mound and straight to the Padres dugout before being taken out of the game. Tim Stauffer then came in to relieve him and proceeded to shut the Dodgers down. We now know what happened to Richard and subsequently what that means for the team. You can read about all that below. So the Padres came in last night going against one of the toughest pitchers in all Major League Baseball to score off, and they scored plenty off him. The Padres are the Achilles heel of Clayton Kershaw and last night was no different. After the Dodgers scored one run in the first inning, Chris Denorfia hit a home run to tie things up and the Padres never looked back from there. Stauffer went four innings giving up one run, then Tyson Ross came in for three, then Dale Thayer and finally Huston Street. The only person to give up a run besides Stauffer was Thayer. And believe it or not, Huston Street gave us a 1-2-3 inning for once. The team didn’t have a lot of RISP opportunities, but they made the most of them last night as they went 2-3 in that situation. Let’s hope that can carry over to tonight as they play on prime time with Edinson Volquez going against Zack Greinke.
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Bullpen answers early call as Padres top Kershaw – Padres.com

“The work of the bullpen, called upon early, went a long way in the Padres’ 5-2 victory over the Dodgers before a Petco Park crowd of 31,844 who were likely stunned to see Richard depart the game shortly after it started after suffering pain in the AC joint near his left shoulder.”

A preview of today’s game – ESPN

“Tasked with keeping Puig in check will be Edinson Volquez (5-5, 5.84), who is 2-2 with a 3.97 ERA in six starts against Los Angeles. Volquez has allowed four runs and struck out 15 over 12 innings in his last two outings overall, going 1-0.”

Carlos Quentin is expected back today – NBC Sports

“Quentin has missed the last seven games with left shoulder soreness, but managed to avoid the DL. He was batting .261/.367/.471 with seven homers and 22 RBI in 50 games prior to the injury.”

Clayton Richard headed to DL – Padres.com

“The left-hander will undergo further evaluation, but manager Bud Black said a disabled list stint would be needed and that Richard had pain in the AC joint — near the top of the shoulder — down his neck and into the top part of his chest.”

Hunter Renfroe leading Bulldogs – MLB.com

“Renfroe finally conquered TD Ameritrade Park on Friday afternoon, launching a 3-1 curveball from Oregon State’s Andrew Moore into the left-field bullpen. The three-run homer was the difference in a 4-1 Mississippi State victory that clinched the Bulldogs a berth in the College World Series finals against UCLA beginning Monday.”

Pedro Ciriaco becomes latest little Padres who could – CBS Sports

“The Padres mostly acquired Ciriaco for his defensive skills. But in six games, the 27-year-old infielder has hit .412 with a .444 on-base percentage, a homer, three RBI and two steals.”

Padres to conduct Strike Out Stroke Day – SouthWest Riverside News Network

“Representatives of San Diego County stroke centers and hospitals will be present around Petco Park, offering stroke prevention information and materials.”

Former Padres owner Jeff Moorad attended last night’s game – Gaslamp Ball

“I was in the standing room area behind home plate affectionately known as “the spot”. I got a good look. It was Jeff Moorad. I’d know that beard and those sleepy eyes anywhere.”

Daily Farm Round-Up: 6-21-13 – Alex Bartlett of The Friarhood

“Zach Eflin continued to be consistent as the TinCaps won a close one 3-2. Robbie Erlin too enjoyed a quality night as he and Jonathan Galvez led the T-Pads to a 5-3 victory. Unfortunately, Donn Roach was unable to emulate Eflin and Erlin’s success as he allowed 10 hits in just 5 innings in the Missions’ 10-1 loss. Both Eugene and the AZL Padres lost by 1 run.”

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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.