Murphy discusses Spangenberg, the Padres future before penultimate game

55ced5fa40e3a.imageIn his penultimate pre-game media session of the season, Padres interim-manager Pat Murphy praised the development of infielder Cory Spangenberg on Saturday at Dodger Stadium and said he sees good things ahead for the Padres.

“Spangenberg is establishing himself as an every-day player,” said Murphy. “I really like him at third. I think he is good at second. I like his competitiveness.”

“I really like what he has done. He’s worked hard to figure out his offensive game. He’s got bunt in his game. He’s got the steal in his game. He’s got speed in his game. He’s got contact in his game. He’s starting to make less and less of those bad outs. I don’t think he is 100 percent, he’s been playing with a sore knee all year. He’s an exciting player for the future.” (more…)

Game Notes @ LAD (10.03) Erlin takes the Hill in Penultimate Game no. 161 vs. Los Angeles

With only Saturday and Sunday’s contests left on the docket for 2015, San Diego is looking to rally and finish the year in the win column.

The Friars will certainly have their work cut out for them on Saturday, as the Padres (74-86) take on the surging Los Angeles Dodgers (90-70) at Chavez Ravine.

LHP Robbie Erlin (1-1, 6.30 ERA) will be tasked with starting Saturday’s penultimate game of 2015, as he faces off against RHP Zack Greinke (18-3, 1.68 ERA) hoping to quell the Dodgers’ ace and even the series at one apiece.  (more…)

Game Notes @ LAD (10.02) Kelly, Padres Open Final Series of 2015 at Dodger Stadium

The Padres are ready to close out their 2015 campaign as they kick off the first of their final three-game set of the year against the Dodgers in Los Angeles.

With only three games left in the regular season, the Padres (74-85) are hoping to finish the season strong as they take on the NL West Division Champion Dodgers (89-70).

Getting the call for Friday night’s start at Chavez Ravine will be RHP Casey Kelly (0-1, 9.00 ERA) who made his first Major League start in almost three years last week. Opposing Kelley will be LHP Alex Wood (4-6, 4.55 ERA), who owns a lifetime 1-1 record with a 2.77 ERA over three career appearances and two starts against San Diego. (more…)

Game Notes vs. MIL (10.01) San Diego closes Season with Final Home Game at Petco Park

ian-kennedy-mlb-new-york-mets-san-diego-padres-590x900Thursday afternoon marks the final home game of the 2015 season for the Friars, and San Diego is looking to close out the year on a high note.

The Padres (73-85) will go for their 39th win at home this season at 3:40pm PT as they take on the Brewers (68-90) for the last time this year.

Taking the hill for “Closing Day” will be RHP Ian Kennedy (8-15, 4.38 ERA), who owns a career 2-4 record with a 3.88 ERA in nine career appearances and starts against the Crew. Opposing Kennedy will be RHP Taylor Jungmann (9-7, 3.64 ERA). (more…)

Justin Upton joins Kemp on sidelines with neck strain

V__AF4B Justin Upton suffered a neck strain Wednesday night when he slid head-first into the padded wall down the left-field foul line.

But extensive tests conducted on Wednesday night showed no signs of a concussion or neurological injuries.

“It was scary,” assistant general manager Josh Stein said early Thursday afternoon of Upton’s collision. “He is doing better. He has soreness around the neck and behind his neck. But everything checked out neurologically. There are no signs of a concussion. He didn’t lose consciousness.” (more…)

Kemp to miss last five games with finger injury

Matt Kemp will miss the last five games of the season due to a strained and partially torn tendon in the middle finger of his right hand.

Padres interim-manager Pat Murphy made the announcement Wednesday afternoon during his daily pre-game media session in the Padres dugout.

Kemp left Tuesday night’s series opener against the Brewers with soreness in his right hand after getting his 100th RBI of the season with a third-inning single. He came out for pinch-hitter Melvin Upton Jr. in his next scheduled plate appearance. (more…)

Cody Decker joins Intentional Talk to discuss Call-up, Antics and Dating Advice

Decker ITRecent Padres call-up Cody Decker joined Kevin Millar and Chris Rose on MLB Network’s Intentional Talk  Tuesday to discuss his journey through the minors and his ultimate call-up to the big league club.

Decker, who appeared in 761 games at the various levels of Minor League Baseball, was called up earlier this month for the first time in his six years as a member of the Padres organization.

To say that Decker is excited to finally be a part of a Major League roster is certainly an understatement.  (more…)

Game Notes vs. MIL (09.30) Cash Gets the Nod and Gale makes First MLB Start vs. Brewers

The Padres’ three-game series against the Brewers continues on Wednesday with San Diego looking to even things up in tonight’s middle match.

With Rocky Gale getting his first MLB start behind the dish, the Padres (73-84) hope that with new faces come new chances as they take on the Brewers (67-90) in game two.

Tonight, Gale will be catching for RHP Andrew Cashner (6-15, 4.21 ERA), who has enjoyed some success over his career against Milwaukee. Opposing Cashner will be RHP Zach Davies (2-2, 4.67 ERA), who has never faced the Padres before. (more…)

Giants-Dodgers could affect Padres weekend plans

What happens the next three days in San Francisco could determine how the Padres finish the season this weekend against the Dodgers in Los Angeles.

As it stands now, the Dodgers are five games ahead of the Giants with six games to go with the two teams meeting the next three days in San Francisco. One Dodger win and they clinch the National League West title.

But if the Giants sweep the Dodgers in San Francisco, the race will still be on when the Padres open against the Dodgers Friday night at Dodger Stadium. (more…)

Game Notes vs. MIL (09.29) Padres Kickoff Final Home Series of 2015 with Ross on the Hill

After an off-day on Monday, the Friars are back in action on Tuesday to open up the final home series of the year against Milwaukee down at Petco Park.

San Diego is hoping to finish the 2015 campaign with a winning record at home so the Padres (73-83) will try to take that first step to success tonight against the Brewers (66-90).

Taking the hill for San Diego will be RHP Tyson Ross (10-11, 3.17 ERA), who will be making his 33rd and final start of the year. On the other side of the field, the Brewers will be sending a pitcher to the mound for the first start of his career as RHP Jorge Lopez (0-0, -.– ERA) will make his Major League debut tonight at Petco Park. (more…)


Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 184 other followers