Game Notes vs. LAA (05.25) Ross Hopes to Continue Streak of Quality Starts against Angels

Los Angeles Dodgers v San Diego PadresSometimes all you need is one good game to get things started and there’s nothing like a decisive 11-3 victory over your division rival to get the motor running. The team hopes to keep that high-octane momentum going on Monday as the Padres (21-24) start the first of a three-game series against the Angels (22-22) in Anaheim.

The Friars will send RHP Tyson Ross (2-4, 3.93 ERA) to the mound against RHP Jered Weaver (3-4, 4.37 ERA) and the Angels. Ross, who threw his fifth quality start  of the season his last time out against the Cubs, hopes to continue a streak of strong Padres pitching that has kept the opposition in check over the last six games.  (more…)

Black saw the offensive breakout coming, if he couldn’t predict when

Los Angeles Dodgers vs San Diego PadresJust before the Padres went to work with their bats Sunday afternoon, manager Bud Black talked about the un-synchronized highs-and-lows of hitting and pitching this season during his daily pre-game media briefing.

“We knew from the start of spring training that the pitching could be there all year,” said Black. “It wasn’t there early. It was very sporadic. Now we’re showing signs of the entire group, 12 guys, putting it together . . . especially this last week. And I think that will continue.” (more…)

Game Notes @ LAD (05.24) Shields Seeks Sixth Straight while Stopping Sweep

shieldsSaturday night rendered a game to forget for the Padres after the Friars were held to only one hit and a shutout in a 2-0 loss to the Dodgers. Sunday presents a new opportunity, however, as the Padres (20-24) will seek to prevent their first sweep at the hands of the Dodgers (26-16) in Los Angeles since 2013.

Toeing the rubber for the Friars today is RHP James Shields (5-0, 3.74 ERA), who will face off against RHP Carlos Frias (3-1, 2.55 ERA) and the Dodgers. Shields will be making his third career start against the Dodgers on Sunday, and his second of the season following a quality start he threw against LA on April 6th.  (more…)

Black talks about Middlebrooks at short, injury updates on Alonso, Morrow, Johnson and Myers

IMG_4481As Bud Black expected, the first topic discussed Saturday afternoon in his daily pre-game media briefing was shortstop Will Middlebrooks.

That’s right, shortstop.

Middlebrooks started at shortstop Saturday night for the first time as a professional.

“We’ve talked off and on ever since spring training about the possibility of Will going over there if we needed him,” said Black. “And we’ve talked to Will as far back as when we acquired him about the possibility. We talk to all our players about the potential of moving around the diamond.” (more…)

Game Notes @ LAD (05.23) Friars Send Kennedy to Snap Skid

Pittsburgh Pirates v San Diego PadresStarting pitcher Andrew Cashner must be a truly patient man, as the Padres once again failed to provide any run support to the stellar right-hander with a 2.89 ERA in last night’s close 2-1 loss in Los Angeles. Cashner didn’t let the misfortune bother him, however, as he earned a no-decision on Friday after the Padres (20-23) dropped the first meeting of a three-game set against the Dodgers (25-16).

In the midst of a three-game losing streak, the Padres now look to RHP Ian Kennedy (2-3, 6.75 ERA) to apply the brakes and put the team back on track. (more…)

Even when slumping, Kemp remains a leader among Padres

IMG_4659Matt Kemp is in a slump.

But that hasn’t kept him from being a clubhouse leader among the Padres.

“Starting in spring training, Kemp and (James) Shields stood out for me as the guys the players looked toward when they came into the clubhouse,” Bud Black said Friday afternoon at Dodger Stadium during his daily pre-game media briefing. (more…)

Game Notes @ LAD (05.22) Padres Hope to Bounce Back in Freeway Series Road Trip

andrew-cashner-gettyThe Padres are set to start the first game of a six-day, six-game road trip through the Los Angeles metropolitan area with a series opener at Chavez Ravine on Friday. Following a tough homestand against the Nationals and Cubs, the Padres (20-22) will face off against the Dodgers (24-16) who were just swept out of San Francisco after having failed to score in any of their three games against the Giants.

To get back on track, the Friars will send RHP Andrew Cashner (1-7, 3.24 ERA) against RHP Zack Greinke (5-1, 1.52 ERA) and the Dodgers. (more…)

Black looks for better things from Despaigne

IMG_4332For only the third time this season, the Padres go into Thursday evening’s (6:10 p.m. start) series finale against the Cubs coming off back-to-back, seven-inning outings by their starting pitchers (James Shields and Tyson Ross.

Now is it Odrisamer Despaigne’s turn?

“I hope so,” Padres manager Bud Black said in his pre-game media session Thursday afternoon at Petco Park. “Despy needs it for his self-confidence . . . to get his mojo back. When he’s at his best he has a mix of pitches from various arm angles.” (more…)

Game Notes vs. CHC (05.21) Despaigne Takes the Hill in Rubber Match

St. Louis Cardinals vs San Diego PadresGame 2 against the Cubs didn’t exactly end the way the Padres had hoped on Wednesday night. While RHP Tyson Ross was able to keep the opposition within striking distance the entire game, the Padres were unable to capitalize on a number of opportunities to secure a series victory over the Cubs.

Fortunately, the Padres will get another chance tonight and are hungry to take the three-game set from visiting Chicago. (more…)

Morrow, Alonso make progress with injuries

IMG_3990[2] copyRight-handed pitcher Brandon Morrow will throw a bullpen Thursday and first baseman Yonder Alonso could resume baseball activities within the next week.

Padres manager Bud Black talked of the progress of the injured Morrow and Alonso Wednesday afternoon during his daily pre-game media session.

Morrow, who has been on the disabled list since May 3 with right shoulder inflammation, felt good after playing catch Tuesday. “He’ll turn it loose Thursday,” said Black. “We’ll talk Friday after we see how he feels about the next step.” (more…)

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