San Diego Padres

ECM PADRES REPORT: HAT TRICK OF HOMERS LEAD NATS TO BIG WIN OVER PADS IN GAME ONE

 

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By Liz Alper

Photo:  Juan Soto kicked off a night of three home runs for the Nationals with his first big league homer in the second.  Via @Nationals on Twitter

May 21, 2018 (Washington, D.C.) - After a successful series against the Pirates, the Padres journeyed to our nation’s capital to start a midweek series with the Nationals.  Robbie Erlin started against Gio Gonzalez for the Nats.

ECM PADRES REPORT: ERROR COSTS PADRES GAME ONE AGAINST BUCS

 

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Photo:  Eric Hosmer drove in an RBI in the Padres' loss to the Pirates.  Via @Padres on Twitter

May 17, 2018 (Pittsburgh) - The Padres are finally getting some variety in their schedule with an East coast road trip to face the Pirates.  Eric Lauer started on the mound against Chad Kuhl for Pittsburgh.

“PADRE FOR LIFE” MATT LACHAPPA FEATURED ON ESPN E:60

 

By Miriam Raftery

May 10, 2018 (Lakeside) – A quarter of a century ago, Matt LaChappa was drafted by the San Diego Padres out of El Capitan High School in Lakeside, the pride of the Barona tribe on the Native American reservation where he grew up. But three years later, tragedy struck on April 6, 1996 while the talented left-hander was warming up in the bullpen on opening day of the season with the Padres’ minor league team, the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes.

He collapsed after suffering a heart attack, then had a second heart attack during an ambulance ride to the hospital.  In a coma for months, he suffered irreversible brain damage. Yet to this day, he remains on contract with the Padres, who promised to take care of their injured player for life.

LaChappa’s inspiring story was highlighted last Sunday on ESPN’s E:60 program in an episode titled “The Contract.” (View trailer.) The show will be replayed throughout the month.

CHICK-FIL-A IN LA MESA, SANTEE PARTNER WITH SAN DIEGO PADRES ON DOUBLE PLAY PROMOTION; FREE CHICKEN SANDWICH WHEN THE TEAM COMPLETES A DOUBLE PLAY

 

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May 8, 2018 (San Diego's East County) – The 14 Chick-fil-A restaurants in San Diego County, including the two East County restaurants at 9418 Mission Gorge Road in Santee and 8200 Fletcher Parkway in La Mesa, are partnering with the San Diego Padres for a “Chick-fil-A Double-Play” promotion during the 2018 season at Petco Park.

ECM PADRES REPORT: PADRES COAST BY DODGERS TO TAKE MEXICO SERIES

 

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By Liz Alper

Photo:  Eric Hosmer's two-run homer led the Padres to a 3-0 win.  Via @Padres on Twitter

May 6, 2018 (Monterrey, Mexico) - On their last day in Mexico, the Padres tried to take the series against the Dodgers. Ross Stripling started for LA against Eric Lauer.

ECM PADRES REPORT: PADRES STUN DEFENDING WORLD SERIES CHAMPS

 

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April 6, 2018 (Houston) - This weekend will probably be the most predictable weekend in Padres history.  ECM’s Sports department has been told that readers can probably get their Padres news from the Union-Tribune, but ECM also loves being first to report anything, so we’d rather you experience the slaughter first-hand as the Padres traveled to Houston to face the defending World Series champion Astros.  Luis Perdomo started tonight’s game one against Lance McCullers Jr. for the Astros.

ECM PADRES REPORT: PITCHER'S DUEL ENDS IN PADRES SERIES LOSS

 

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Photo:  Joey Lucchesi shone in his second start, striking out seven.  Via @Padres on Twitter

April 5, 2018 (San Diego) - Well, looks like one win was too much work for the Padres because they went right back to losing last night.  But they’d try for a series split with the Rockies today with Tyler Anderson on the mound for Colorado against Joey Lucchesi.

ECM PADRES REPORT: VILLANUEVA HOME RUN HAT TRICK GIVES PADRES THEIR FIRST WIN OF 2018

 

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Photo:  Christian Villanueva hit three home runs to give the Padres their first win of the season.  Via @Padres on Twitter

April 3, 2018 (San Diego) - 0-4.  That’s the Padres’ record so far.  But they’ll win one.  They have to.  No team is that bad.  We were all holding our collective breaths tonight, however, as Tyson Ross took the mound against Kyle Freeland for the Rockies.

ECM PADRES REPORT: PADRES REMAIN WINLESS IN LOSS TO ROCKIES

 

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Photo:  Carlos Asuaje's RBI double in the third made it a one-run game, but the Rockies eventually pulled away.  Via @Padres on Twitter

April 2, 2018 (San Diego) - Well, that was a very...Padres opening series.  Ahem….moving on...the Padres got to test the waters against an NL West rival, the Rockies, starting tonight for four games.  Chad Bettis started for Colorado against Bryan Mitchell.

ECM PADRES REPORT: ONE RUN KILLS PADRES IN EXTRA INNINGS OPENING DAY MATCHUP

 

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Photo:  Brewers reliever Jeremy Jeffress forced a double play to stop a chance for the Padres to take the lead with the bases loaded in the 11th.  Via @Brewers on Twitter.

March 29, 2018 (San Diego) - Well, it’s finally here.  Opening Day. The smell of freshly cut grass fills downtown San Diego.  And California weather is done with its usual act-like-a-normal-state-and-give-my-citizens-actual-winter-weather-three-months-after-the-holidays phase and is ready for spring too,  The only thing we were waiting on is the Padres. Will they do well? Will they stink? Did spring training pay off? Let’s start baseball 2018! In today’s first game against the Brewers (kind of a welcome change from getting clobbered by the Dodgers for the past two Opening Days), Chase Anderson started for Milwaukee against Clayton Richard.

ECM PADRES REPORT: DBACKS ROUT PADRES

 

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By Liz Alper

Photo:  Ray Fuentes scored two runs for the Dbacks in their route of the Padres.  Via @Dbacks on Twitter

March 5, 2018 (Surprise, Ariz.) - After yesterday’s split squad game, the Padres rejoined each other for a little night action against the NL West rival (but who cares because it’s spring training?) Diamondbacks.  Matt Koch started for Arizona against Dinelson Lamet.

ECM PADRES REPORT: HOSMER DEFEATS OLD TEAM 13-5

 

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By Liz Alper

Photo:  Salvador Perez hit a two-run homer to bring the ROyals to within two, but the Padres prevailed.  Via @Royals on Twitter

March 2, 2018 (Surprise, Ariz.) - Padres spring training is well underway.  They look...well, about as well as you’d expect the Padres to look, only a lot better thanks to Eric Hosmer.  They’re 3-3 with a tie against the Rangers yesterday.  Today they faced the Kansas City Royals. Danny Duffy started for the Royals against newly-acquired former Yankee Bryan Mitchell for the Padres.

PADRES SIGN FREE AGENT ERIC HOSMER

 

 

World Series champion ex-Royal heads to San Diego

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February 17, 2018 (San Diego) - We've heard it for two years.  Rebuilding.  Rebuilding.  Rebuilding.  And we never believed it.

We believe it now.

Late tonight, the Union Tribune reported that ex-Kansas City Royal and 2015 World Series champion first baseman Eric Hosmer is headed to the Padres.

EX-PADRES GM PASSES AWAY

 

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Photo via @Sweendog9 on Tumblr

January 30, 2018 (San Diego) - Former Padres general manager Kevin Towers has passed away at the age of 56.  Towers, who is most known for putting together the 1998 Padres team who won the National League championship, passed from a rare form of thyroid cancer that he was diagnosed with in December of 2016.

HEAVEN'S BELLS! TREVOR HOFFMAN VOTED INTO BASEBALL HALL OF FAME

 

By Ken Stone, Times of San Diego, a member of the San Diego Online News Association

Photo:  Former Padres relief pitcher Trevor Hoffman waves at fans. Photo by Chris Stone

January 24, 2018 (San Diego) - The third time was charmed. Trevor Hoffman has been hurled into Baseball’s Hall of Fame.

The legendary San Diego Padres closer, who retired in 2010 after two years with the Milwaukee Brewers, was elected by the Baseball Writers Association of America in a vote announced Wednesday.

ECM PADRES REPORT: JUST THEIR LUCK; PADRES WALKED OFF IN LAST GAME OF THE SEASON

 

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Photo:  why did Pablo Sandoval never hit walk-off, season-crushing home runs in Boston?  Via @SFGiants on Twitter

October 1, 2017 (San Francisco) - Last game of the year.  In three hours, we will all be free.  Luis Perdomo started against Johnny Cueto for the Giants.

ECM PADRES REPORT: PADRES EVEN SERIES ON HEDGES' CLUTCH DOUBLE

 

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Photo:  Austin Hedges' clutch double in the ninth gave the Padres the win.  Via @Padres on Twitter

September 30, 2017 (San Francisco) - Two more...bear with us, it’s almost over.  Jhoulys Chacin started today against Matt Cain in his last major league start; he announced his retirement earlier this week.

ECM PADRES REPORT: PADRES TAKE THEIR TYPICAL GAME ONE STONING FROM GIANTS

 

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Photo:  Buster Posey hit three RBI doubles.  Via @SFGiants on Twitter

September 29, 2017 (San Francisco) - Is it over yet?  Nope, three more in San Francisco.  Jordan Lyles started tonight’s game one against Chris Stratton for the Giants.

ECM PADRES REPORT: DODGERS HAND PADRES A SWEEP AND BID THEM FAREWELL

 

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September 27, 2017 (Los Angeles) - At this point, we at ECM wouldn’t want to try anymore, either.  The season finale with the Dodgers was tonight and the Padres were probably on their knees kissing the ground they walk on.  Clayton Richard started against Rich Hill for LA.

ECM PADRES REPORT: NO CHANCE FOR PADRES AS DODGERS DOMINATE WITH LONG BALL

 

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Photo:  Corey Seager sealed the win for the Dodgers with a three-run bomb in the seventh.  Via @Dodgers on Twitter

September 26, 2017 (Los Angeles) - Senioritis is in full swing for the Padres.  They’re perfectly content losing all of their games these last two weeks. In fact, they lost 9-3 to the Dodgers last night. But what is baseball without fun? They’d try again tonight with Dinelson Lamet on the mound against Alex Wood for the Dodgers.

ECM PADRES REPORT: ZERO OFFENSE FROM PADRES AS DODGERS TAKE GAME ONE

 

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Photo:  Cory Spangenberg scored one of the three Padres runs tonight.  Via @Padres on Twitter

September 25, 2017 (Los Angeles) - Petco Park is closed down for the year.  The Padres headed out on a Californian road trip to close out their year, starting with the Dodgers.  Travis Wood started against Yu Darvish for LA.

ECM PADRES REPORT: ROCKIES HELP CELEBRATE PADRES' LAST HOME GAME OF SEASON WITH LOSS

 

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Photo:  Pat Valaika set the all-time single-season RBI record for a rookie pinch-hitter (16) in the win against the Padres today.  Via @Rockies on Twitter

September 24, 2017 (San Diego) - All hope for this season is lost, but the Padres would love to finish the season series with the Rockies with a win today.  Kind of like dying with dignity.  German Marquez started for Colorado against Luis Perdomo.

ECM PADRES REPORT: PADRES GET SHUT OUT AND SERIES LEAD

 

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Photo:  Yangervis Solarte drove in the first run of the game for the Padres; an RBI single to center in the fifth that got the ball rolling.  Via @Padres on Twitter

September 23, 2017 (San Diego) - Rebuilding.  Just keep reminding yourself that as the Padres finish off this season. Chad Bettis started tonight for Colorado against Jhoulys Chacin.

ECM PADRES REPORT: ROCKIES SNAP FOUR-GAME LOSING STREAK AS GOOD PADRES GONE

 

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Photo:  Nolan Arenado's home run in the fifth sent the Rockies on the way to victory.  Via @Rockies on Twitter

September 22, 2017 (San Diego) - Another “we wish the Padres would have ____” sentence starter for your next party:  we wish the Padres would have had easy victories like they did last night all season.  But we can’t change the past, no matter how much Jay Gatsby thinks you can.  The Padres would try for another easy win tonight against Jon Gray for the Rockies.  He’d be facing Jordan Lyles.

ECM PADRES REPORT: PADRES CRUISE TO EASY 3-0 VICTORY OVER ROCKIES

 

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September 22, 2017 (San Diego) - The Padres didn’t get the sweep in their last series of the season against the Dbacks, but they did take the series two games to one.  Now it was time to get the Rockies out of the way, at least until next March.  Tyler Anderson started tonight’s game one for Colorado against Clayton Richard.

ECM PADRES REPORT: PADRES LOSE LEAD AND SWEEP IN SLUGFEST WITH DBACKS

 

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Photo:  Rocky Gale hit his first major league home run tonight, but it wasn't enough as the Padres lost a lead and a sweep.  Via @Padres on Twitter

September 20, 2017 (San Diego) - We say this every fall, but we wish the Padres had played like this over the summer.  Well, enjoy fun while it lasts.  Robbie Ray started tonight’s series finale for the Dbacks against Dinelson Lamet.

ECM PADRES REPORT: OFFENSE COMES UP BIG TO TAKE SERIES

 

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September 19, 2017 (San Diego) - The Padres are mathematically eliminated from playoff contention, which means they can act like 10-year-old Little Leaguers and have fun playing baseball.  Overly paranoid baseball moms everywhere can relax.  That’s probably why they’re winning more, by the way, as they won 4-2 last night over the Diamondbacks.  Zack Godley started tonight’s game two for the Dbacks against Travis Wood.

ECM PADRES REPORT: RENFROE'S THREE-RUN BLAST GIVES PADRES WIN OVER DBACKS

 

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Photo:  how's this for a return to the big leagues?  Hunter Renfroe crushed a three-run homer in the first inning to give the Padres the lead.  Via @Padres on Twitter

September 18, 2017 (San Diego) - Avoiding a sweep even though you’ve had a terrible series is like a backhanded gratifying feeling, like someone giving you a golf clap.  The Padres came home to golf claps as they prepared for a three-game series with the Diamondbacks.  Patrick Corbin started tonight’s game one for the Diamondbacks against Luis Perdomo.

ECM PADRES REPORT: PADRES RALLY AND AVOID SWEEP AGAINST ROCKIES

 

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Photo:  Matt Szczur scored the game-winning run for the Padres in the ninth after they rallied to tie the game at three.  Via @Padres on Twitter

September 17, 2017 (Denver) - Well, we’re not going to bother saying what we always say when the Padres get shut out.  Let’s just skip ahead to today.  Jhoulys Chacin started against Jon Gray for the Rockies.

ECM PADRES REPORT: NOT HOCKEY SEASON YET, BUT ROX SEND AVALANCHE UPON PADRES, WIN 16-0

 

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Photo:  all Rockies runs combined tonight scored the most runs in a Rockies shutout.  Via @Rockies on Twitter

September 16, 2017 (Denver) - We know it’s September and the Padres have zero shot of catching the Rockies or any of the other teams ahead of them in the NL West, but they could at least make some effort and finish the season strong. They’d try tonight with Jordan Lyles on the mound against Denver native Kyle Freeland for the Rockies.

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