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Daily Friar 7.7.13 

Good news yesterday is that the Padres actually had a lead for a little while. The bad news is that the bullpen blew the lead yet again and the Padres lost for the eighth time in a row. I wish there were answers as to why they are not getting the job done, but there really isn’t any to give. The team was able to score runs in the past couple of games, but they just have been unable to shut down the opponent’s offense and put themselves in a position to win. Going back to last Friday the Padres won 9-2, they then struggled to score more than two runs in a game before this Friday against the Nationals. It was then that they put up five runs and they then put up four yesterday. So maybe, just maybe the offense is kind of starting to come around. The question is can the pitching get it together and win games for us? There was an offensive problem though yesterday and that is RISP yet again. The team as a whole went 1-14 in this category, which will not win you ball games. I am going to wrap this up quickly with a congratulations to Everth Cabrera and a get well soon Yasmani Grandal. The links below will explain it all.
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This Day In Baseball History: July 7, 1948

The Indians stun the baseball world by signing Satchel Paige, veteran Negro League pitcher. The move is ridiculed by some as a Bill Veeck publicity stunt, and J.G. Taylor Spink in The Sporting News editorializes, “Veeck has gone too far in his quest for publicity […] To sign a hurler at Paige’s age is to demean the standards of baseball in the big circuits.” The 42-year-old Paige will answer the critics in his first game tomorrow, getting a relief decision in a 8 – 6 win over New York in a doubleheader sweep. He will finish at 6 – 1. Paige is the oldest player to debut in the majors, but not the first 40-year-old: Chuck Hostetler in 1944 was 40. – Baseball Reference

Padres News:

Marquis solid, but bullpen shaky in loss to Nats – Padres.com

“Jesus Guzman has not enjoyed much of an opportunity to celebrate his home runs this season. That trend continued on Saturday afternoon, as the Padres fell, 5-4, to the Nationals, extending their season-high losing streak to eight games.”

A preview of today’s game – ESPN

“The Padres scored nine total runs in the first two games of this series after managing seven in the first six losses. They still squandered opportunities, however, going 3 for 23 with runners in scoring position in the last two contests.”

Everth Cabrera is Padres lone All-Star – Union Tribune

“As indisputable evidence that it has, Cabrera was named a first-time All-Star, the only Padres player chosen Saturday to take part in the Midsummer Classic at Citi Field in New York.”

Yasmani Grandal lands on the 60 day DL – NBC Sports

“Grandal suffered damage to the ACL and MCL in his right knee during a plat at home plate Saturday.”

Rene Rivera getting called up – MadFriars

“San Diego Padres prospect Rene Rivera is getting called up to the San Diego Padres to replace Yasmani Grandal who suffered a right knee sprain.”

Padres Petition: Bring the Padres to Time Warner – Gaslamp Ball

“If you love this team, please check out my petition and forward it over to any other Padres fans.”

A look back at the last Padres All-Star SS – Chicken Friars

“After much thought and a trip down “memory lane,” I finally realized that it was Tony Fernandez who was San Diego’s last All-Star shortstop.”

New artwork from Jeremy Nash – The Friarhood

“I drew this yesterday after the announcement that Everth Cabrera would represent the San Diego Padres in this years All-Star game at Citi Field in New York.”

Daily Farm Round-Up: 7-6-13 – Alex Bartlett of The Friarhood

“Both the AZL Padres and the Missions had trouble against opposing pitching as they scored a combined 3 runs. Fernando Perez and Lee Orr had great night’s offensively as they led the Emeralds and the Storm respectively to victories. James Needy and the Storm pitching staff held the Blaze to just 1 run in their 5-1 victory.”

NL West News and Rumors:

Dodgers trade for Ricky Nolasco – MLB.com

“The Dodgers resumed their role as Major League Baseball’s deepest-pocketed buyer Saturday by acquiring Miami right-handed starting pitcher Ricky Nolasco for young pitchers Josh Wall, Steve Ames and Angel Sanchez.”

San Francisco Giants were batting out of order – Yahoo

“Giants manager Bruce Bochy submitted a lineup card that had Posey batting fourth. So after Posey hit third in Pablo Sandoval’s spot to give the Giants a 1-0 lead, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly called out the mistake to umpires.”

NL West Scores From Yesterday:

Los Angeles 2, San Francisco 4.  W: Bumgarner (9-5)  L: Fife (3-3)  S: Romo (20)

Colorado 1, Arizona 11.  W: Miley (5-7)  L: Pomeranz (0-2)

NL West Schedule For Today:

Los Angeles at San Francisco 1:05 PST
Kershaw (7-5, 1.93) vs Gaudin (2-1, 2.60)

Colorado at Arizona 1:10 PST
Oswalt (0-3, 7.88) vs Corbin (9-1, 2.49)

Latest Standings:

Team

W

L

PCT

GB

L10

Streak

Home

Road

DBacks

46

41

.529

5-5

W4

23-16

23-25

Rockies

42

46

.477

4.5

3-7

L2

26-21

16-25

Dodgers

41

45

.477

4.5

7-3

L1

25-21

16-24

Giants

40

46

.465

5.5

2-8

W1

25-16

15-30

PADRES

40

48

.455

6.5

1-9

L8

25-18

15-30

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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.