Framing the Friars: Padres Lose to Mets in a Game of Firsts

July 25, 2017

Coming into Tuesday night against the Mets, the Padres’ bullpen has a few question marks. After the trade on Monday with the Kansas City Royals, it is unclear to the Padres’ relief pitchers of what their roles are now. Moving two late-inning arms Ryan Buchter and closer Brandon Maurer, Andy Green has to sort out when and where to use his remaining bullpen. Tuesday night’s pitchers: Padres: RHP Kyle Lloyd…


Framing the Friars: Bat Flips & the Padres Bullpen

July 24, 2017

If you missed the game tonight, you missed an amazing one. From the Jabari Blash almost-walk-off home run that was inches foul, to Hunter Renfroe going yard twice, this was one of the most entertaining games of the season. So what? It was fun and they lost. Big deal. The highlight of the game was this:   Hunter Renfroe DESTROYED A BASEBALL: Any farther, and we'd be looking for this…


Framing the Friars: Power Surge Continues in Series Win Over Giants

July 23, 2017

  The San Diego Padres brought a power surge to AT&T Park for their four-game series with their division rivals from NorCal, the San Francisco Giants. Through the first three games, the Friars had hit 15 extra-base hits. The series finale was no different. The Padres benefited from a big fourth inning, with Hunter Renfroe, Jabari Blash, and Hector Sanchez all hitting doubles in succession. Those extra-base hits were the…


Framing the Friars: Padres a No-Show in Series Finale Against Colorado

July 19, 2017

  The main story before the Padres’ series finale at the Colorado Rockies on July 19 was Clayton Richard winning the team’s Heart and Hustle award. Some teammates were interviewed by Fox Sports San Diego before the game started. Each player interviewed had nothing but good things to say about Richard’s work ethic and attitude, and how it translates on the field. As for the game, ironically, the Padres were…


Down on the Farm: July 18

July 18, 2017

Padres’ affiliates were 3-4 on Tuesday night, with the Fort Wayne TinCaps having the day off. The Chihuahuas lost 7-6 in 12 innings, as Christian Villanueva stayed hot. He had three extra-base hits on the night, including his 18th home run of the year for the Padres’ Triple-A affiliate. He is hitting .299 on the year and could very well earn himself a call-up very soon. In San Antonio, the…


Framing the Friars: Perdomo’s Struggles, Myers’ Slump, and Unexpected Sighs of Relief

July 18, 2017

  Luis Perdomo took the mound today looking to continue his success from his last start against the Cleveland Indians. Perdomo had a rough game from the jump, giving up a leadoff homer on his fourth pitch of the game. On a 1-2 count, Charlie Blackmon took Perdomo to deep right-center field to put the Rockies up early. The fun didn’t stop there for the Rockies. In the second, three…


Framing the Friars: Ho-Hum Another Padres Series Victory

July 16, 2017

  It’s becoming blasé.  Another series, another series win. The starting pitcher gives us a solid start. The bullpen does their thing. The bats come through in the clutch. The defense, while not the 2016 Cubs, makes the plays they’re supposed to make. The Padres are not only not tanking, they’re elevating.   In Sunday afternoon’s contest against the Giants, like Cortez the Killer (Neil Young reference), Hector Sanchez, the…


Framing the Friars: A Tepid End to Successful Road Trip

July 9, 2017

Sunday afternoon it was a tale of two stories for the Padres in the series finale versus the Phillies, which ultimately ended in a 7-1 loss for the Friars. From the pitching side of things, Padre hurlers Trevor Cahill, Craig Stammen, Phil Maton, and Jose Torres gave up a combined nine hits through eight innings, with no base on balls, for a nice 1.125 collective WHIP, which normally would spell…


Framing the Friars: Richard Bounces Back & Austin Hedges Powers the Offense

July 7, 2017

Before the first game against the Philadelphia Phillies, Clayton Richard and Austin Hedges were in the midst of struggling stretches. Whereas Richard’s ERA ballooned from 4.20 on June 19 to 4.85 on June 30 due to two extremely horrible starts, Hedges’ batting average dropped from .222 on June 25 to .214 on July 4 with help from nine strikeouts in seven games and awful plate discipline. As such, the first…


Framing the Friars: Lamet Struggles as Padres’ Bats Go Cold

July 6, 2017

  After winning two straight games against the defending American League Champions, in which the Padres ragtag bullpen shut down the Indians offense, the third game of the three-game set was marked by a different story entirely. Despite winning the series with the victories on Tuesday and Wednesday, the Padres didn’t really show up to play in a tough 11-2 loss in Cleveland. The Padres head to Philadelphia to play…


Framing the Friars: Padres Take Series in Victory Over Defending A.L. Champs

July 5, 2017

The Padres won their third straight game Wednesday night, defeating the reigning American League Champs. The Friars swept the reigning World Series Champion Cubs earlier in the year, and have a chance to do the same to the Indians tomorrow. Luis Perdomo started for the Padres and went five innings, giving up two runs (one earned) striking out four, and walking none. Perdomo won his third straight start. That is…