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Daily Friar 6.29.13 

Everything clicked for the Padres last night as they played their first of ten games on the road. Offense was spot on driving in runs like nobody’s business, and the pitching was splendid as Edinson Volquez, Nick Vincent and Burch Smith all pitched superbly. Volquez had a pretty on night as he went six innings, striking out eight, only walking one and giving up just two runs on seven hits. Definitely a good line compared to his last start where his control was nonexistent. The Padres offense exploded too against Ricky Nolasco, who has been talked about a lot lately in trade rumors. In five innings, Nolasco allowed five earned runs on eleven hits. I don’t know what this means for teams looking at him, one being the Padres, but he clearly was not at his best last night. As mentioned, the offense was great plating nine runs on fifteen hits and going 5-11 with runners in scoring position. Every starter had a hit with the exception being Pedro Ciriaco. Logan Forsythe was the star of the game though going 3-4 with a two run home run. Let’s hope they can go back out there and do it again!
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This Date In Baseball History: June 29, 2012
Aaron Hill hits for the cycle for the second time in two weeks as the Diamondbacks beat the Brewers, 9 – 3. The last player to collect two cycles in a season was Babe Herman in 1931. – Baseball Reference

Padres News:

Forsythe leads Padres’ outburst on offense –

“Forsythe spearheaded a robust offensive effort Friday, finishing 3-for-4 with a go-ahead, two-run homer in San Diego’s 9-2 win against Miami on Friday night in front of 18,347 fans at Marlins Park.”

A preview of tonight’s game – ESPN

“San Diego (40-40) has dominated the season series on the strength of its pitching, posting a 0.75 ERA while holding Miami to a .205 batting average.”

Padres recall Smith, option Layne – Ian Edward Russell Smith of The Friarhood

“The Padres continued their shuffle of new arms and bullpen adjustments today as it was announced that RHP Burch Smith was going to rejoin the club in Miami for his third stint this season.”

No timetable for Gyorko’s return –

“Padres manager Bud Black said there was no timetable for Gyorko’s return. While Gyorko’s leg tightness was some cause for concern, the rookie second baseman did not appear too concerned with the issue.”

Padres working to limit Cashner’s innings – NBC Sports

“Cashner had his most recent start moved back to Sunday, making it so he’s no longer lined up to start the Padres’ last game before the All-Star break. They’ll then wait until the fifth game after the break to slot him back in to further limit his workload.”

The Orioles have an eye on a couple Padres – The Baltimore Sun

“As is his policy, Duquette won’t reveal names, but, according to several industry sources, the Orioles are currently monitoring a group that includes…San Diego’s Edinson Volquez and Andrew Cashner…”

Constructing a team of players who have been both Padres and Marlins – Gaslamp Ball

“All in all, not that terrible of a team. I’d expect a lot of scoring, both by the Padlins and their opponents– except every fifth day when Brownie is on the bump.”

Daily Farm Round-Up: 6-28-13 – Alex Bartlett of The Friarhood

“Picking a Hitting Prospect of the Day was very challenging as no Padre farm team scored more than 4 runs. The AZL Padres, led by Franchy Cordero, were the only farm team to collect a W. Both the Storm and the Emeralds saw solid starting pitching go to waste as their respective bullpens crumbled in the late innings. San Antonio was shutout, and Tucson scored just 2 runs to back starter Matt Andriese.”

NL West News and Rumors:

The latest on what the Diamondbacks are up to – MLBTR

“Olney also reports that Arizona had brief discussions with the Cubs regarding Samardzija. When the Cubs inquired into the availability of top Dbacks prospects Archie Bradley and Tyler Skaggs, however, the clubs ceased their talks.”

Colorado Rockies are looking at pitching – Denver Post

“The club is aggressively scouting pitchers across the majors, including Brewers starting right-hander Yovani Gallardo and Cubs starting right-hander Matt Garza.”

Dodgers could use more pitching – ESPN LA

“The Dodgers, if they are in contention, will look to add one starter and one reliever between now and the July 31 trade deadline. Assuming the selling teams really are open for business, there’s no time like the present.”

Buster Olney gives info on what the Giants are looking for – Via Twitter

“The Giants are looking around for a RHed hitting outfielder.”

Yesterday’s Scores:

Arizona 0, Atlanta. W: Teheran (6-4)  L: Delgado, R (0-2)  S: Kimbrel (23)

San Francisco 1, Colorado 4. W: Chacin (7-3)  L: Zito (4-6)

Phillies 16, Los Angeles 1. W: Lannan (1-2)  L: Capuano (2-5)

Today’s Games:

Arizona at Atlanta 1:05 PST
Kennedy (3-4, 5.21) vs Hudson (4-7, 4.10)

San Francsico at Colorado 1:10 PST
Cain (5-4, 4.54) vs De La Rosa (8-4, 3.19)

Philadelphia at Los Angeles 7:10 PST
Lee (9-2, 2.51) vs Ryu (6-3, 2.85)

Latest Standings:

Team W L PCT GB Streak Home Road
DBacks 42 37 .532 L1 21-16 21-21
PADRES 40 40 .500 2.5 W1 25-18 15-22
Rockies 40 41 .494 3.0 W1 24-18 16-23
Giants 38 41 .481 4.0 L5 24-15 14-26
Dodgers 36 43 .456 6.0 L1 23-21 13-22




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.