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Daily Friar 7.8.13 

The Padres finally finished up what proved to be a horrific road trip. It started off well with a 9-2 win in Miami, but then quickly went downhill as they have now lost their last nine games. This of course includes sweeps by both Boston and Washington. The offense fell asleep after that win and was completely nonexistent in Boston, however it woke up some in Washington. This culminated in a pretty good offensive showing yesterday as they scored seven runs. However, as has been the case lately, the pitching was at fault again for letting the game get out of hand. The Padres looked to be out of it by the third inning as it was 7-1, but they did start to scrap back. The game was all but over by the fifth as the Nationals were able to make it 11-3 at that point. The Padres did tack on some more runs to get to seven, but it just wasn’t meant to be. Now they are back home for a very important home stand that sees the Rockies and Giants come into town. This will lead us into the All-Star break, and if the Padres can keep their winning ways at home going then maybe we can end this just under .500.
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This Date In Baseball History: July 8, 1976
At Wrigley Field, Randy Jones wins his 16th game of the year for the Padres, a National League record for wins at the All-Star break. He beats the Cubs 6 – 3. In the second half of the season, the Padres lefty will lose seven games by one run, two of them by 1 – 0 scores. – Baseball Reference

Padres News:

Friars finish tough trip with loss to Nationals – Padres.com

“On Sunday, the Padres finished their longest road trip of the season with an 11-7 loss to the Nationals in front of 31,483 at Nationals Park, a loss that extended their season-high losing skid to nine games.”

A preview of today’s game – ESPN

“Since its team-worst 13-game skid in 1994, San Diego (40-49) has lost more than nine in a row once, dropping 10 straight from Aug. 26-Sept. 5, 2010. The club is one defeat away from matching that slide after an 11-7 loss to Washington on Sunday to close a 10-game East Coast road trip.”

OF Fuentes moving fast in San Antonio – Union Tribune

“Fuentes’s .331 average is the second-highest in the Texas League. He also ranks second (to teammate Rico Noel’s 37) in steals with 23 and third with a .415 on-base percentage.”

Hunter Renfroe likely to sign this week – The Dispatch

“Sources close to the situation have informed The Dispatch MSU Sports Blog that Renfroe the negotiations between the player and the club have been going more than well and both sides are simply waiting for an appropriate date to make the announcement. Renfroe, who is represented by Bo McKinnis, is expected to announce his signing Tuesday or Wednesday.”

Alonso eager to get back and aid Padres – Arizona Daily Star

“The original plan called for Alonso to play for Tucson on Wednesday and Thursday, then be evaluated to see if he could join San Diego for its final series before the All-Star break.”

Our All Star: Everth Cabrera – Gaslamp Ball

“Cabrera is the first position player to make the All-Star team for the Padres since Adrian Gonzalez in 2010. He is the first shortstop since Tony Fernandez in 1992. And at age 26, he is the youngest San Diego All-Star since 2008 (Gonzalez – also 26).”

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

“After beating the Marlins in the first game of the 10-day journey they lost nine straight and fell to last place. There were very little highlights in this series but here are five to go on.”

NL West Trade Rumors: 7/6/13 – Brad Beattie of The Friarhood

“The Padres find themselves in a similar situation and might consider trading a guy like Carlos Quentin. The Yankees and Rangers are possibilities as they are both looking for offensive up-grades.”

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

“Despite hitting 3 home runs, Eugene scored only 4 runs in their 8-4 defeat. San Antonio enjoyed an offensive explosion that saw 5 different players collect multiple hits. Tucson won a 1 run game due to the strong pitching of Brandon Kloess. Trevor Holder tossed a quality start for the Storm but received the loss as Lake Elsinore was shutout.”

MLB News and Rumors:

Cubs send Hairston to Nationals – Fox Sports

“The Washington Nationals added a right-handed hitter to their bench on Monday, acquiring outfielder Scott Hairston and a player to be named from the Chicago Cubs in exchange for right-hander Ivan Pineyro and a player to be named.”

Despite struggles, no shakeup needed for Giants – MLB.com

“In response to all this, Bochy methodically went through the names of his position players, allowing a little time for thought with each name. The connection was clear. Every single player had contributed something important to this club.”

Roy Oswalt left game with injury – Rockies.com

“Rockies right-hander Roy Oswalt strained his left hamstring while covering home plate after a second-inning wild pitch in Sunday afternoon’s game against the D-backs.”

NL West Scores From Yesterday:

Los Angeles 4, San Francisco 1.  W: Kershaw (8-5)  L: Romo (3-4)  S: Jansen (9)

Colorado 1, Arizona 6.  W: Corbin (10-1)  L: Oswalt (0-4)

NL West Schedule For Today:

Los Angeles at Arizona 6:40 PST
Greinke (6-2, 4.30) vs Delgado (1-2, 3.67)

New York Mets at San Francisco 7:15 PST
Harvey (7-2, 2.27) vs Lincecum (4-9, 4.66)

Latest Standings:

Team

W

L

PCT

GB

L10

Streak

Home

Road

DBacks

47

41

.534

5-5

W5

24-16

23-25

Dodgers

42

45

.483

4.5

7-3

W1

25-21

17-24

Rockies

42

47

.472

5.5

3-7

L3

26-21

16-26

Giants

40

47

.460

6.5

2-8

L1

25-17

15-30

PADRES

40

49

.449

7.5

1-9

L9

25-18

15-31

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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.