By definition either the Padres currently on a 5 game skid, or the Dodgers having lost their last 4 to the Marlins will end their current streak of futility. The Padres get somewhat of a break in that unlike their last match up against L.A. they don’t have to face the full contention of the top of their rotation missing Scott Kazmir and Kenta Maeda….but they still get to face Clayton Kershaw for the final game.
What do all the match ups look like for this series?
April 29, 1970 – Right-hander Pat Dobson strikes out 11 in a complete-game shutout of Montreal at San Diego Stadium. Dobson allows three hits and six walks in the 10-0 Padres victory.
April 29, 1982 – Left-handed pitcher Tim Lollar has an all-around great game in a 6-0 win over the New York Mets at San Diego Jack Murphy Stadium. Lollar allows four hits and a walk with two strikeouts in a complete-game shutout. He is also 1-for-3 at the plate with a two-run homer and two runs scored.
April 29, 1996 – Right-hander Joey Hamilton completes a 5-1 opening month with a complete-game shutout of the Houston Astros in a 2-0 win at San Diego Jack Murphy Stadium. Hamilton allows four hits and a walk with two strikeouts in nine innings.
April 28, 1998 – Tony Gwynn caps his ninth and final game of five or more hits (including a six-hit game in 1993) with an eighth-inning home run off Terry Mulholland as the Padres defeat the Chicago Cubs 7-3 at Qualcomm Stadium. Gwynn goes 5-for-5, two RBIs and three runs scored.
Padres manager Andy Green started Wednesday morning’s pre-game media briefing with a quick assessment of the National League West after his Padres completed their first tour of the division.
“We know there is a lot of talent in this division,” said Green. “The Diamondbacks went and got a lot of pitching. The Giants are consistently good. The Dodgers have a ton of depth. The Rockies have one of the toughest lineups in the league. It’s a tough division, probably as tough as any division in baseball right now. We have our work is cut out for us.”
Green said he talked with Austin Hedges Tuesday night before the catcher’s scheduled Wednesday surgery to have the hamate bone removed from his right hand.
“He’s going to be out four to six weeks,” said Green. “Austin told me it would be four weeks.
Green talked about the play of Melvin Upton Jr.
“When he was in Tampa, Upton was one of the premier players in the game,” said Green. “The way he is playing aggressively in the outfield right now probably lines up with what he did in Tampa. He’s played very good. It’s a fresh start, flushing his time in Atlanta.”
Green said the Padres have been aggressive in their outfield shifts. “I wouldn’t say drastic,” he said.
The manager also talked about using Travis Jankowski in right field for Matt Kemp in late innings when the Padres lead.
“Kemp is doing a very good job,” said Green. “We feel good about his defense out there, he’s on the plus side of the legder. And Matt wants to play every inning of every game.
“Travis has more range than 99 percent of all the outfielders in baseball. He’s been a tremendous team player. By resting Matt two and three innings at the end of some games and save his legs, it could benefit us later.”
Green said Tyson Ross is likely more than a week away from starting a throwing program.
It’s the curse of the broom! The last time we spoke about a sweep, it was the Padres trying to take all three from the Pirates, but since then the Friars have gone 1-5 including dropping the last four in a row.
Now they’re trying to avoid the Giants broom to start this road trip and it would help if…
April 27, 1986 – Left-handed starter Dave Dravecky holds the Giants to two earned runs (four total) on five hits and three walks with four strikeouts in 7 1/3 innings as the Padres win 6-4 at San Diego Jack Murphy Stadium. It is Dravecky’s last start in April. He finishes the month with a 0.75 earned run average for five starts, still the lowest ERA by any Padres starter for a full month while making at least three starts.
April 27, 1995 – The Padres get 21 hits in a 13-1 victory over Houston at San Diego Jack Murphy Stadium. Bip Roberts has four hits and Eddie Williams three. Tony Gwynn homers as one of five Padres with two hits.
The Padres purchased the contract of left-handed reliever Michael Kirkman from Triple-A El Paso Tuesday and returned outfielder-second baseman Jose Pirela to the Chihuahuas.
Padres manager Andy Green discussed the moves during his daily pre-game media session before the Padres game at San Francisco.
“Our bullpen has been pushed pretty hard lately,”said Green. “Our starters are not getting deep into games. We needed an extra arm, we needed coverage.
“Kirkman has pitched in the big leagues before. We felt good about the length he provides. We were looking for length and experience, the ability to bounce back and pitch on short rest.”
Green said Kirkman’s role will be to give the bullpen extra innings rather than serve as a situational left-handed. He has made 98 Major League appearances, but none since the 2014 season.
Green said the bullpen performed better in San Francisco Monday night after a rough weekend at Petco Park against the St. Louis Cardinals.
“The bullpen was much better Monday. Carlos (Villanueva) gave up a homer on a 3-2 curveball to Buster Posey. Yesterday was much better. The two days before that was an aberration.”
Green said: “We have to be cognizant about how we push these guys. Kevin Quackenbush worked three straight days. Quack is the one guy who’ll likely get a night off tonight.”
Green said Pirela will spend some time at second when he returns to El Paso. He played in the outfield earlier for the Chihuahuas before he was called up.
“Pirela will get some time at second base down there for sure right now,” said Green. “We’re very thin in the infield with (Yangervis) Solarte, (Cory) Spangenberg and (Alexi) Amarista all on the disabled list right now. We need coverage in the infield.”
The Padres announced yesterday that catcher Austin Hedges did suffer a fracture to the hamate bone while swinging a bat at El Paso and will need a surgical repair. He will be out six to eight weeks.
Green also talked about the delay in games brought on by replay reviews.
“There’s clearly a delay in games with replay,” said Green. “Replay slows the flow of the game down. Compared with managers going out there and throwing tirades like I threw last week . . . that slowed games down.”
“We have obligations to our team. Our responsibility is to be advocates for our team in those situations. When you have replay, it’s necessary to step back and slow the game down to make sure everything is right.”
By Bob Scanlan
The Padres tried to forge a comeback last night against a weakened Giants bullpen but came up short in the series opener 5-4. They’ll look to break their 3-game losing streak tonight and even the series.
The three things the Friars can use to their advantage are….