Down on the Farm: May 22 (Tatis Has Big Night in Rea’s Return, Nicholas Gets Four Hits)

May 22, 2018

The Padres’ farm system played a full schedule (and then some) on Tuesday night, going two and three in those contests. The report for the evening’s games: El Paso Chihuahuas (23-23) Won 11-6 The Chihuahuas broke out the big guns in Game 2 and pounded Rainiers pitching for an 11-6 win. Austin Hedges launched a three-run homer in his second rehab game for El Paso. Brett Nicholas added a home…

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Luis Perdomo Taking Advantage of Time in El Paso

May 22, 2018

Tacoma, Washington Luis Perdomo was demoted after four starts earlier this season. He has watched Joey Lucchesi and Eric Lauer come up and find success in the Padres’ rotation. Heading into Monday’s start in Tacoma, Perdomo had made five starts for El Paso with a 3.09 ERA. His 1.8 walk rate is a great sign as he struggled with command at the big league level, with a 5.79 walk rate….

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Perdomo’s Strong Start and Urias’ Clutch HR Seal Win for El Paso

May 21, 2018

Tacoma, Washington The El Paso Chihuahuas (22-23) opened up their road trip by heading to the Pacific Northwest to take on the Tacoma Rainiers (23-22) of the PCL Pacific Northern division. It was a beautiful, clear evening in Tacoma and the stadium was half-full for a Monday game. Of course, Cheney Stadium had to play the “Chihuahua Song” from the movie Beverly Hills Chihuahua as El Paso’s lineup was read. Luis Perdomo…

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The Padres Defense Is Actually Good

May 20, 2018

If you just woke up from hibernation and turned on Thursday’s Padres game in Pittsburgh, your initial thought would be that the Padres were among the worst defensive teams in all of Major League Baseball. The Padres made one error and had several adventures with fly balls in the outfield on their way to a 5-4 loss to the Pirates. However, we must avoid the pitfall of punching walls and…

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Down on the Farm: May 16 (Patino Impresses in TinCaps Debut, Missions Lose 10-Inning Thriller)

May 16, 2018

El Paso was off on Wednesday and the teams that did play combined to go 1-3. Here’s a look at Wednesday’s action down on the Padres’ farm: San Antonio Missions (25-14) Lost 6-5 (10)  The Missions lost their fourth straight to the Corpus Christi Hooks. The Hooks opened up to a four-run lead after four innings. Jerry Keel settled down for six innings of four-run ball with five strikeouts. The…

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Could the Seattle Mariners be a Suitor for Padres’ Tyson Ross?

May 12, 2018

The Padres are going to be sellers this year. If this comes as a shock to you, please go back and read up on East Village Times over the past year or so and catch yourself up.  Although this will not be a total fire sale that, say, the Orioles could be in for, the Padres certainly have some pieces that could aid a team in contention.  One of those…

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Remembering Mr. Padre Tony Gwynn on His Birthday

May 9, 2018

I always jump at the opportunity to write about my favorite baseball player of all-time, Tony Gwynn. He made it cool to be a San Diegan and a Padres fan. Today would have been his 58th birthday. Being born in 1991, I was just a kid through the dominant 90s years, but I think it made it that much more magical. I imitated his stance, whether it was in my…

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Jankowski Filling Black Hole That is the Padres’ Leadoff Spot

May 8, 2018

Up until this past weekend in Mexico, the Padres’ leadoff spot had been a black hole of nothingness. The Padres are still dead last in batting average for the leadoff spot with a .181 clip, the only team below .200 in that category. It’s hard to get a rally started when you basically start the inning with one out already. Enter Travis Jankowski. He was called up when Wil Myers…

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Padres Top Pitching Prospect MacKenzie Gore Set to Return to Action Tuesday for Fort Wayne

May 7, 2018

The Padres’ second-ranked prospect, MacKenzie Gore, has been on the shelf since his first start of 2018 on April 10th with blisters on his throwing hand. Those can be stubborn little buggers, but it seems Gore has finally beat the blisters and will now get back to beating hitters who oppose him and the Fort Wayne TinCaps on Tuesday. .@TinCaps manager Anthony Contreras told reporters that MacKenzie Gore will return from…

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Series Preview: Padres Head Back to U.S. and Welcome Harper, Nationals

May 7, 2018

The Padres return to the United States and their home of Petco Park for a three-game series with the Washington Nationals. The Friars are 13-22 and coming off of an inspiring series win over the Dodgers in Mexico. They were no-hit on Friday, but bounced back to win the last two games of the series. The Nationals have really struggled to get their engines started this season, and a lot…

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Why Have the Padres Been Terrible At Hitting For Over Two Decades?

May 5, 2018

It’s as common as allergies on an early spring day or Padres fans clamoring for anything resembling an interesting uniform. The Padres are bad at hitting as a team in 2018, and have been for quite some time. The 2004 season was the last time the Padres ranked any higher than 22nd in team batting average. 2004, the year before the Padres won the N.L. West for the first of…

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