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Daily Friar 7.3.13 

Man are these Padres disappointing right now. I realize they are playing the best team in the American League at the moment, but can they at least show some sign of life on the field? They finally scored a run after going seventeen innings with zero runs to show for, but they still lost the game 4-1. That means they have scored a total of four runs in the past four games, which came on the heels of scoring nine runs back on Friday. I don’t know how they are going to snap out of this cold spell that they are in, but they need to do something fast, or they will see a drop in the standings real fast. In fact, if they had remained as hot as they were they would be in first place right now. Every other team in the division is losing games as much as the Padres are, except for the Dodgers. This is showing in the standings as the Dodgers are making a move just like Major League Baseball wants. Realistically, if the Padres had been winning games they could be five games ahead. Instead it has been opportunity wasted and they are still sitting in the middle of the pack with a slim margin to show.
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This Date In Baseball History: July 3, 2001

The Padres tie a National League record hitting four sacrifice flies in one game. The last one, lifted by shortstop D’Angelo Jimenez in the sixth inning, gives the Friars a 6-5 victory over Colorado at San Diego’s Qualcomm Stadium. – nationalpastime.com

Padres News:

Padres stifled by Lackey in loss to Red Sox – Padres.com

“That’s quickly becoming the story of this 10-game road swing for the Padres, who dropped a 4-1 decision to the Red Sox before a crowd of 36,498 at Fenway Park.”

A preview of today’s game – ESPN

“Looking to slow down Boston’s offense will be Edinson Volquez (6-6, 5.50). Volquez has had his share of struggles but is 2-1 with a 3.04 ERA over his last four outings, striking out 30 in 23 2/3 innings while allowing 21 hits.”

Roberts has his heart, feet in Boston – Union Tribune

“In a restaurant area of Fenway where various highlight of Red Sox history are commemorated, there’s actually a corner devoted entirely to Roberts, mostly focusing on the stolen base he made when Boston was on the verge of extinction from the ALCS.”

Padres acquire LHP Clay Zavada – Ian Edward Russell Smith of The Friarhood

“Zavada appeared in one major league season with the Arizona Diamondbacks back in 2009, going 3-3 with a 3.35 ERA in 49 games, having pitched in his last major league game on October 2, 2009.”

San Diego Padres June Report Card – Padres 101

“Perhaps the umpires can explain this one to Bud Black: if pitching is 90% of the game, how could the Padres compile a winning record in June with their top four pitchers all having a miserable month?”

Mid-Season report with Randy Smith – MadFriars

“We caught up with Randy Smith, the Padres’ Director of Minor League Development, for some questions on the system at the midpoint. Three of the four Padres’ affiliates have winning records and after some slow starts some of their bats are finally starting to heat up.”

Tuscon Padres week #12 – Mylo Erickson of The Friarhood

“The Tucson Padres finished off its 12th week of play going 5-2 on the week, winning two games against the Reno Aces and taking three of five from the Colorado Springs Sky Sox to finish off the month of June.”

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

“Yikes, boys and girls. Yikes. There is nothing fun about dropping three straight to lose a long series after winning the first one.”

Latest MLB News and Rumors:

Orioles and Cubs work out a trade – Orioles.com

“Seeking to bolster an inconsistent starting rotation, the Orioles acquired right-handed pitcher Scott Feldman from the Cubs on Tuesday in a trade that sent right-handed pitchers Jake Arrieta and Pedro Strop to Chicago, along with $338,100 in international signing slot bonuses.”

Dodgers and Cubs work out a trade as well – Dodgers.com

“The Dodgers continued their bullpen makeover Tuesday in a trade of outcast relievers, acquiring Cubs former closer Carlos Marmol and $209,700 in international signing space for Matt Guerrier in a deal that includes additional financial considerations.”

The latest on Ricky Nolasco – ESPN

“Those executives told ESPN.com the indications that they have gotten are that those three teams are the Texas Rangers, Los Angeles Dodgers and Colorado Rockies. The Marlins now appear to be narrowing their focus in an attempt to get a deal done quickly.”

NL West Scores From Yesterday:

Arizona 1, New York Mets 9. W: Hefner (3-6)  L: Corbin (9-1)

San Francisco 0, Cincinnati 3. W: Bailey (5-6)  L: Lincecum (4-9) Homer Bailey with a no hitter

Los Angeles 8, Colorado 0. W:Kershaw (7-5)  L: Oswalt (0-3)

NL West Schedule For Today:

Arizona at New York Mets 4:10 PST
Delgado (0-2, 4.05) vs Harvey (7-1, 2.00)

San Francsico at Cincinnati 4:10 PST
Zito (4-6, 4.53) vs Cingrani (3-0, 3.42)

Los Angeles at Colorado 5:10 PST
Greinke (5-2, 3.94) vs Chatwood (4-1, 2.13)

Latest Standings:

Team W L PCT GB Streak Home Road
DBacks 42 41 .506 L5 21-16 21-25
Rockies 41 43 .488 1.5 L2 25-20 16-23
PADRES 40 44 .476 2.5 L4 25-18 15-26
Dodgers 39 43 .476 2.5 W3 25-21 14-22
Giants 39 44 .470 3.0 L2 24-15 15-29

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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.