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Daily Friar 6.25.13 

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Going into last night’s game you knew the offense would be a premium. It was a big battle between two very good lefties and for fans of a pitcher’s duel they were not disappointed. The Phillies got one run in the first inning and late in the game it looked like that was all they would need as they went and tacked on two more for good measure. Enter the bottom of the ninth and the Padres needed to find a way to overcome a 3-0 deficit. It seemed improbable bordering on the impossible, but Cliff Lee surrendered two big hits to put runners on second and third with nobody out. This led Charlie Manuel to go to his bullpen and pull in his closer to do his job. Mind you this is no ordinary closer that he brought in, this is Jonathan Papelbon. The elite closer who helped the Red Sox to many a victory in the regular and post seasons. As we found out though last night, that Jonathan Papelbon is a thing of the past. Enter Kyle Blanks. He hits a blooper into the outfield to plate the two runs, and after a hit batter and a double play he is standing on third with two outs. At this point the Padres are still down by one and need a minor miracle. This came in the form of a pass ball which allowed Blanks to score and tie the game up. The Padres were able to hold on to the bottom of the tenth where they were able to get the bases loaded with one out and Kyle Blanks came up again to deliver the game winning hit. It was an amazing finish to a game that probably shouldn’t have gone in the W column, but it did. Today both teams go at it again as the Padres look to clinch the series.
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Thanks to Blanks, Padres win after improbable rally – Padres.com

“It’s not easy to bring Kyle Blanks to the ground — he is 6-foot-6 and 265 pounds. But after he singled home the game-winning run in a stunning 4-3 Padres victory in 10 innings over the Phillies on Monday, a mob of his teammates met him at first base and took him to the dirt as they started their celebration.”

A preview of today’s game – ESPN

“The Padres must look forward to having Marquis (9-2, 3.59 ERA) on the hill. They’ve won each of his last five starts and 10 of 11, a span in which the right-hander has allowed three runs or fewer in all but one outing. He’s 8-0 during that stretch, his longest win streak since an 11-game run in 2004.”

Robbie Erlin to start Wednesday – NBC Sports

“He’ll replace Clayton Richard (shoulder) in the starting rotation. Erlin allowed two runs in 6 2/3 innings against the Blue Jays in his first major league start earlier this month…”

Jedd Gyorko could return this weekend – CBS Sports

“Padres second baseman Jedd Gyorko is going to play a few minor-league rehab games before returning to the Padres. If things go well, he may be ready to rejoin the club this weekend against the Marlins, reports MLB.com.”

An update on Yonder Alonso – KFFL

“Alonso could have the splint removed from his hand by the end of the week. The team hopes Alonso can resume baseball activities by the beginning of next week.”

Padres expected to pursue starting pitching – MLBTR

“It isn’t surprising to see Jon Heyman of CBS Sports report that the Friars will be on the lookout for candidates to improve their starting rotation in the coming five to six weeks as the trade deadline draws near.”

Daily Farm Report: June 24 – MadFriars

“After struggling in his first few appearances in Tucson, Kevin Quackenbush slammed the door shut to earn his first AAA save.”

At Lake Elsinore with Austin Hedges – Padres 360

“As of this writing he is hitting .272 with 12 2B’s, 2 HR’s, and 20 RBI’s and appears to be 100% healthy, which is a great thing for the Padres organization.”

Chase Headley needs a break – Padres Public

“No matter how tough we think we are, no matter how hard we try to fight it, eventually everyone needs a break from their normal routine.  Chase Headley looks like a ballplayer who needs a day off.”

Padres rumors: Seeking a Starter – Steve Adler of The Friarhood

“The trade winds have picked up early and to the joy of Padres fans, rumors are about the team buying, and not selling.”

Tuscon Padres Week #11 – Mylo Erickson of The Friarhood

“The Tucson Padres finished off its 11th week of play going 4-3 against the Reno Aces and the Las Vegas 51s.”

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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.