Lauer Dominates as Padres Down Dodgers 4-1

July 10, 2018

Petco Park- San Diego, California On what most would consider an ordinary day, the San Diego Padres defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers 4-1 at beautiful Petco Park. While some might look at the score and think this is just another win for the young Padres, those who actually watched the game witnessed one of the best pitching performances by a Padres starter in quite some time. Meet Padre left-hander Eric…

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Padres Should Give Austin Hedges the Mike Zunino Treatment

July 5, 2018

Austin Hedges has always gotten rave reviews about his defense and intangibles with the Padres pitching staff. However, he has not received the same acclaim for his offensive production. The criticism is warranted as he has a miserable 45 wRC+ and .176 average in 29 games so far this season. The Padres are holding out hope that he can bat above his weight (206 pounds) but it is looking more…

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Austin Hedges Interview: Just Trying to Win a Ball Game

June 30, 2018

Petco Park- San Diego, California The San Diego Padres have a lot of faith in Austin Hedges. Rightfully so, as the homegrown Padre has all the intangibles to be a very solid contributor for a long time in the game of baseball. Power-hitting, defensive catchers are at a premium and usually players with that skill set have very long major league careers. Hedges defensive abilities are on par with many…

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New Injuries Crop Up as Austin Hedges, Luis Perdomo are Shelved

May 25, 2018

The San Diego Padres got some worrying news for two of their players, as not only did Austin Hedges‘ elbow soreness flare back up, but Luis Perdomo will be going to the Minor League disabled list with shoulder inflammation. Perdomo was a candidate to start on Sunday against the Dodgers, so now it seems like the Padres will make Sunday a bullpen day. Perdomo’s injury hurts as the 25-year old…

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Nicholas, Hedges Lead Attack in El Paso’s Bizarre Win vs Tacoma

May 22, 2018

Tacoma, Washington  The El Paso Chihuahuas (23-23) took on the Tacoma Rainiers (23-23) in Game 2 of this four-game series on Tuesday night. The weather was absolutely perfect, in the high 70s without a cloud in the sky, Mount Rainier was in plain view. The game got off to a fast start as neither Chris Huffman nor Roenis Elias were sharp early. After the Rainiers took a 1-0 lead in…

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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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When Will Austin Allen Enter the Picture for Padres?

May 3, 2018

The Padres got some bad news on Monday night before their heartbreaking loss to the Giants in San Francisco. Austin Hedges left the game in the second inning with apparent tendinitis in his throwing elbow. That will make the stomachs of Padres fans turn as the news of Dinelson Lamet’s need for Tommy John surgery is still fresh, not to mention the rivals from the north were delivered a huge…

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Austin Hedges to DL, Raffy Lopez Recalled from El Paso

May 1, 2018

The merry-go-round continues for the San Diego Padres, as yet another starter is sidelined with an injury. Wil Myers, Hunter Renfroe, and Manuel Margot have all spent time on the DL this season for the Friars. This time, Austin Hedges was placed on the 10-day DL with elbow inflammation in his throwing arm. An elbow injury to a catcher is very scary. The Padres have had their share of bad luck…

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Five Stat Friday: Statcast Leaderboards

April 20, 2018

The Baseball Savant statcast leaderboards have finally been updated, and with it comes many great insights about the San Diego Padres. For this week’s Five Stat Friday, the focus will be on the statcast leaderboards and some interesting early season stats. Hitting Leaderboard Jose Pirela Continues to Make Hard Contact If you rank all players in baseball by the number of balls hit above 95 mph, Padres’ outfielder Jose Pirela…

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Padres Catcher Austin Hedges’ Bat Has Not Improved Early in 2018

April 17, 2018

Last season, Austin Hedges got off to one of the worst starts in recent memory at the plate, going zero for his first 24. This season, in his first 24 at bats, he had two hits. Progress? After 48 plate appearances in 2018, it may not be fair to ask this question, but let’s do it anyway. Is Austin Hedges any better at the plate this year? Last year, he…

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How Much Slack Should Young Padres Players Be Given?

April 10, 2018

It’s hard in this age of Twitter, super smart phones, and a constant stream of information, to wait, to be patient. Sometimes that’s what baseball executives, managers, players, and yes, fans, need to be to see the fruits of one’s labor. Padres fans know this, and are still patiently waiting for top prospects to arrive at the big league level and produce like they are projected to. It’s the question…

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