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Daily Friar 8.17.13 

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Ian Kennedy had a tough time keeping the ball in the ballpark as the Mets connected for three home runs that ultimately did in the Padres for the night. Of course the offense was of no help anyway as they were pretty much as lackluster as they have been of late. While Kennedy gave up five runs in the first four innings, the Padres were only able to muster up two runs of their own. One of those runs was on Will Venable’s 16th home run of the year. With this loss the Padres are now in last place. Padres continue their series with the Mets tonight as Edinson Volquez takes on Jenrry Mejia at 5:40 PST.
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This Date In Baseball History: August 17, 2002

The Padres down the Expos, 6 – 5. In doing so, they set a new major-league record for pitchers used in a season when reliever Jonathan Johnson pitches a perfect 7th to earn the win. – Baseball Reference

Padres News:

Kennedy pays for mistakes against Mets – Padres.com

“The mistake that might have stung the most wasn’t one that ended with a baseball leaving Petco Park, but instead an ill-timed walk that went a long way in the Mets 5-2 victory over the Padres in front of a crowd of 25,604.”

A preview of today’s game – ESPN

“He might not fare much better Saturday. Volquez is 0-5 with a 7.76 ERA in six career starts against New York and was lifted two batters into the fourth inning on Opening Day in Queens, getting charged with six runs in an 11-2 loss.”

Some Padres notes – MLBTR

“Center speculates that the Padres might try to lock Headley up to a bargain of an extension and then re-explore the trade market if he returns to form next season.”

Three moves needed to improve the Padres next year – Sports Out West

“The organization is looking at another losing season.  It is time for ownership to step up and spend some money in free agency for pitching and at the same time cut ties with Bud Black and hire a proven manager.”

Daily Farm Report: August 16 – MadFriars

“Juan Oramas and Joe Ross each had strong outings, but neither got any support from their offense as three different affiliates were held under five hits.”

Getting to know Cody Decker - Padres 360

“When Cody Decker eventually makes it to the majors, he will be the new funny man in ways Yogi Berra would appreciate and love.”

Limiting Cashner – Padres Public

“I actually had the chance to ask Bud Black this question specifically. The basic takeaway? 150 innings is a soft target number and with rosters expanding we could see Cashner skip a start or two (amounting to pitching once every 10 days vs 5).”

The Roots Start Here – Richard Dorsha of The Friarhood

“The goal?  Show you that you matter.  Through surveys, hashtags, apps, wi-fi and other enticements, the Padres want to be connected to the fan base.”

Analyzing the Carlos Quentin Addition Part I – Glen Miller of The Friarhood

“Quentin, as long as he is in the lineup, has provided some much-needed thump to the Padres lineup. It’s hard to argue with the actual trade for Quentin as it has paid off fairly well and his production plus his current asset value is well worth two marginal pitching prospects.”

Analyzing the Carlos Quentin Addition Part II – Glen Miller of The Friarhood

The Padres can succeed fishing those waters but they’ll have to be smart. The Quentin extension looks smart; not Albert Einstein or Stephen Hawking smart but still smart.”

NL West Scores From Yesterday:

Arizona 2, Pittsburgh 6.  W: Cole (6-5)  L: McCarthy (2-7)

Colorado 6, Baltimore 3.  W: Nicasio (7-6)  L: Chen (6-6)

Los Angeles 4, Philadelphia 0.  W: Greinke (11-3)  L: Lee (10-6)

San Francisco 14, Miami 10.  W: Rosario (3-0)  L: Eovaldi (2-3)

NL West Schedule For Today:

Arizona at Pittsburgh 1:05 PST
Cahill (3-10, 4.66)  vs. Locke (9-3, 2.43)

Colorado at Baltimore 4:05 PST
Bettis (0-1, 5.06) vs. Norris (8-10, 3.83)

Los Angeles at Philadelphia 4:05 PST
Kershaw (11-7, 1.88) vs. Kendrick (10-9, 4.48)

San Francisco at Miami 4:10 PST
Cain (7-8, 4.44) vs. Alvarez (2-1, 3.18)

Latest Standings:

Team

W

L

PCT

GB

L10

Streak

Home

Road

Dodgers

71

50

.587

-

9-1

W9

37-25

34-25

DBacks

62

58

.517

8.5

6-4

L1

36-26

26-32

Rockies

58

65

.472

14.0

6-4

W2

36-27

22-38

Giants

54

67

.446

17.0

4-6

W2

31-31

23-36

PADRES

54

68

.443

17.5

2-8

L3

31-29

23-39

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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.