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Daily Friar 6.24.13 

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In a close game you live and die by your closer. They are supposed to come in and shut the door on the opposing team so that everyone can go home happy and move on to the next day. Lately though the Padres have been unable to rely on their closer as Huston Street has been very shaky all season. Yesterday he came in to the game in the top of the ninth in a 1-1 tie. Now I was a little skeptical because he has been in this situation before and has not done well. Yesterday was no different as after striking out Yasiel Puig he gave up a home run to Adrian Gonzalez and another to Hanley Ramirez. This spoiled a fantastic start by Andrew Cashner who went eight innings and was only at 91 pitches. If the game wasn’t tied he definitely would have gone out in the ninth and went for the complete game. Instead, Bud Black pinch-hit for him in the bottom of the eighth in hopes for a run to give Street the save opportunity. Baseball purists will tell you that the top of the ninth in a tie game is the spot for your closer if you are the home team, but a closer isn’t in that “closer” mentality if it’s not a save situation and we saw that yesterday. So with Street’s blown save and blown game the Padres had to settle with a split series against the Dodgers. The Phillies are in town now as they start a three game set and hope to remain at or above .500 for the time being.
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Homers continue to haunt Street, spoiling strong start – Padres.com

“He was tagged again by the long ball Sunday, surrendering back-to-back home runs in the ninth inning of a tied game, as the Padres fell to the Dodgers, 3-1, in front of 31,098 at Petco Park.”

A preview of today’s game – ESPN

“Black’s club will try to get back on track behind another strong performance from Stults (6-5, 3.25), who has allowed two runs or fewer and pitched at least seven innings in each of his last five outings. He’s also 3-0 in his past four home starts, allowing one run in each.”

Edinson Volquez drawing interest – MLBTR

“Padres pitcher Edinson Volquez is drawing trade interest from other clubs, according to Bill Center of U-T San Diego.  A number of teams had scouts at yesterday’s game to check out the right-hander in person.”

Padres make some more roster moves – Ian Edward Russell Smith of The Friarhood

“Just as soon as they had arrived, the Padres announced today that pitchers Anthony Bass and Brad Boxberger are being optioned back to Triple-A Tucson following yesterday’s call up.”

An interview with Matt Lollis – MadFriars

“Before being promoted to San Antonio he had a 2.32 ERA in 31 innings pitched with 31 strikeouts and most importantly only 11 walks in the Cal League with Lake Elsinore.”

A look back at the trade that landed us Trevor Hoffman – Gaslamp Ball

“The San Diego fire sale of 1993 was already well under way this day twenty years ago, when new GM Randy Smith sent young superstar Gary Sheffield and reliever Rich Rodriguez to the Marlins for minor league pitchers Andres Berumen and Jose Martinez, and rookie reliever Trevor Hoffman.”

A look at other closing options – Padres Public

“I don’t know what the solution is. Bullpen by committee? One of these 4 guys? Someone else? A trade? But I know that life with Huston Street as a closer is likely coming to an end. Because the Padres can’t contend while giving away games in the final 3 outs.”

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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.