Padres rally, but come up short vs. Phillies

Padres rally, but come up short vs. Phillies

PHILADELPHIA -- If only the Phillies could play the Padres more frequently.

They beat San Diego on Saturday night at Citizens Bank Park, 4-3. It is their fifth straight win over the Padres this season and seventh consecutive victory against San Diego in Philadelphia, their longest home winning streak against the Padres since a seven-game streak from July 1976 to May 1977.

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Rea still learning from his mistakes for Padres

Rea still learning from his mistakes for Padres

PHILADELPHIA -- It's one of those time honored baseball clichés that you never really know how good a player is until he faces some adversity.

No matter how much talent a rookie has, no matter how hard he has worked, and no matter how well he has pitched through the Minor Leagues, at some point the key will be the ability to handle adversity.

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Myers close to starting a rehab assignment

Myers close to starting a rehab assignment

PHILADELPHIA -- Early Saturday afternoon, Wil Myers took part in some early batting practice at Citizens Bank Park. The Padres' outfielder has been sidelined due to right wrist surgery to remove bone spurs since June 13, and along with another session Sunday morning, he'll begin a rehab assignment later this week with his destination most likely Class A Advanced Lake Elsinore.

Myers, acquired from Tampa Bay in December in a three-team trade, played in just 35 games this season hitting .277 with five home runs and 19 RBIs. While the 24-year old has played most of his career in center field, he may be a long-term first baseman when he returns.

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Kennedy one of NL's most improved pitchers in 2nd half

ERA since All-Star break is 2.32

Bill Center, longtime sportswriter for U-T San Diego, is an employee of the Padres.

Although he suffered the loss Friday night, Padres right-handed starter Ian Kennedy turned in his fifth straight quality start and his sixth in the last seven games.

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Shelds to take mound as Padres face Phillies

Shelds to take mound as Padres face Phillies

The Phillies will get to open yet another new toy from the Cole Hamels trade on Sunday as righty Alec Asher will make his debut against the Padres and James Shields.

Asher is the second starter acquired in a trade with Texas that sent Hamels to the American League to make his debut this season, the other was Jerad Eickhoff, who is 1-1 with a 2.25 ERA in two starts.

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Kennedy frustrated by run-scoring wild pitch

Kennedy frustrated by run-scoring wild pitch

PHILADELPHIA -- Over the course of 6 2/3 innings of work on Friday, Ian Kennedy found himself in a pair of tough situations.

The first, he escaped with the help of third baseman Yangervis Solarte and a spectacular play. The second, he pushed the envelope just a bit too far and in a tough game, that was the difference.

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Upton homers, but Padres fall to Phillies

Upton homers, but Padres fall to Phillies

PHILADELPHIA -- Phillies rookie Aaron Nola looks like the real deal.

He allowed two hits, one run, two walks and struck out six in seven innings on Friday night in a 7-1 victory over the Padres at Citizens Bank Park. The Phillies' first-round pick in the 2014 MLB Draft improved to 5-1 with a 3.26 ERA in eight big league starts.

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Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his Phillies blog The Zo Zone, follow him on Twitter and listen to his podcast. Michael Radano is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

ICYMI: Phils win opener despite Kennedy's quality start

ICYMI: Phils win opener despite Kennedy's quality start

Starter Ian Kennedy finished out the month of August with his third-straight quality start on Friday, surrendering only two earned runs on two hits and five walks, while also striking out seven Phillies. Unfortunately for Kennedy, who saw his ERA drop from 4.01 to 3.94 after 6 2/3 innings of work, his quality start would not be enough, as the Padres dropped the first of a three-game set by a score of 7-1 on Friday evening at Citizens Bank Park.

Kennedy was absolutely solid in Friday's pitcher's duel -- the Phillies broke open a 2-1 game in the eighth inning after Kennedy had departed -- and despite posting a 2.29 ERA in five starts over the month of August, Kennedy was served with his third loss of the month and 12th loss of the season. Kennedy required 118 pitches -- 71 of which were strikes.

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RHP Smith allows one run in seven innings in Triple-A El Paso win

SS Hector Gomez has 3 hits, 2 RBIs for Chihuahuas

Bill Center, longtime sportswriter for U-T San Diego, is an employee of the Padres.

Right-hander Chris Smith allowed one run on four hits over seven innings Friday night as Triple-A El Paso (71-62) scored a 7-1 win over Oklahoma City in Texas to move to within 2 1Ž2 games of division-leading Las Vegas in the Pacific Coast League's Pacific Southern race.

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M. Upton puts on a show for Padres in OF

Center fielder makes three tremendous plays to help keep game close

M. Upton puts on a show for Padres in OF

WASHINGTON -- If you've seen Nationals Park, you know that it's not a symmetrical ballpark, which actually served Padres center fielder Melvin Upton Jr. well Thursday during a 4-2 loss in his pursuit of a long fly ball off the bat of Ryan Zimmerman.

With two on and two outs in the first inning, Zimmerman jumped on a pitch from Andrew Cashner, sending it toward where the wall meets in an apex at 402 feet, its furthest point from home plate.

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Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. Keep track of @FollowThePadres on Twitter and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Offense held in check as Padres fall to Nats

Offense held in check as Padres fall to Nats

WASHINGTON -- The Nationals, who are chasing the Mets in the National League East race, got a much-needed win on Thursday night against the Padres. Right-hander Joe Ross pitched six strong innings in a 4-2 victory at Nationals Park. Washington remains 6 1/2 games back of the Mets, who topped the Phillies.

"We need to win series. We can't worry about anything else or anybody else. We have to take care of our business. It was a good win tonight," Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth said.

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Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. Keep track of @FollowThePadres on Twitter and listen to his podcast. Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the Time. He also can be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

ICYMI: Friars rally late, fall short in finale

ICYMI: Friars rally late, fall short in finale

For the second day in a row at Nationals park a pitcher named Ross was given the "W" after a hard-fought win at the ballyard, but unfortunately for the Padres that Ross brother played for the wrong team. Joe Ross - the younger brother of yesterday's winning pitcher Tyson Ross -- lifted the Nationals to a 4-2 victory over the Padres on Thursday and stole a series victory away from San Diego before their trip to Philadelphia. Ross, a former first-round draft pick and top prospect for the Padres organization, was masterful in his outing over his former club after holding San Diego to only one hit and one unearned run over six innings of work.

Andrew Cashner was also able to deliver a solid performance on Thursday although a lack of run support proved to be his undoing after keeping the Friars within striking distance over five-plus innings. Cashner surrendered only three earned runs on nine hits while also striking out six over 5 and 2/3rds innings of work. The ever-unlucky Cashner was pegged with his 13th loss of the season despite coming one out shy of delivering a quality start for the Padres in their finale against Washington.

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Johnson feels good following simulated game

Right-hander hasn't pitched in the big leagues since 2013

Johnson feels good following simulated game

WASHINGTON -- Nearly four months to the day of his last simulated game, Padres pitcher Josh Johnson went through the paces of doing the same again at Nationals Park on Thursday afternoon.

Johnson, working his way back from Tommy John surgery in 2014 in addition to a big setback earlier this season, threw 16 pitches to teammates off the mound and came out of it feeling good.

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Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. Keep track of @FollowThePadres on Twitter and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

OF Asencio, RHP Rea, coach Jones honored by Texas League

LHP Dorminy leads shutout as A-Fort Wayne keeps winning

Bill Center, longtime sportswriter for U-T San Diego, is an employee of the Padres.

Left-hander Thomas Dorminy and two relievers combined on a five-hit shutout to move low Single-A Fort Wayne to the brink of a Midwest League playoff berth and two members of Double-A San Antonio were named to the post-season Texas League All-Star team Thursday.

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Renfroe continues torrid stretch at Triple-A El Paso

Padres top prospect records his fourth homer in nine contests for Chihuahuas

Renfroe continues torrid stretch at Triple-A El Paso

It's safe to say that Hunter Renfroe likes hitting in the Pacific Coast League.

The Padres' No. 1 prospect (No. 79 overall) had another big game Thursday, going 3-for-5 with a home run, double and three RBIs in Triple-A El Paso's 9-7 loss to Oklahoma City.

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El Paso wins key game, to play Padres next March

Low Class A Fort Wayne score record 16th straight win at home

Bill Center, longtime sportswriter for U-T San Diego, is an employee of the Padres.

Wednesday was a big day for the Triple-A El Paso Chihuahuas.

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2 home runs from J-Up lead Padres past Nats

2 home runs from J-Up lead Padres past Nats

WASHINGTON -- The Padres watched a late lead dwindle on Wednesday night as the Nationals scored one run in the sixth and three more in the seventh. The Padres never lost the lead, though, and evened the series with a 6-5 win at Nationals Park.

Justin Upton paced the Padres' offensive effort with a pair of home runs, including a solo shot in the seventh off right-handed reliever Doug Fister that served as the game's winning run. Wednesday marked the third time this season -- and second time against the Nationals -- that Upton has hit two home runs in a game. He leads the team with 22 home runs.

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Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. Keep track of @FollowThePadres on Twitter and listen to his podcast. Jacob Emert is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Myers takes BP for first time since surgery

Padres outfielder/first baseman had bone spur removed from wrist in June

Myers takes BP for first time since surgery

WASHINGTON -- Padres outfielder/first baseman Wil Myers, who had surgery on June 18 to remove a bone spur from his left wrist, took batting practice for the first time on Wednesday.

Myers took 40 swings (two sets of 20) at normal intensity in the indoor cage outside the visitors' clubhouse at Nationals Park.

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Padres pull escape act with DP on 3-0 pitch

Rzepczynski benefits from aggressive approach of Nationals' Escobar

Padres pull escape act with DP on 3-0 pitch

WASHINGTON -- It was a mostly forgettable seventh inning for the Padres on Wednesday at Nationals Park. They allowed three runs on two hits, two walks and a hit batter. One of the walks forced in a run. They used three pitchers in the inning.

Yet, for all their shortcomings, one pitch -- with a major assist from the Nationals' Yunel Escobar -- bailed them out in a big way and helped the Padres preserve their 6-5 victory.

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J-Up, Kemp turning it on in second half

Duo drives in five of the Padres' six runs during win vs. Nationals

J-Up, Kemp turning it on in second half

WASHINGTON -- It was certainly a Matt Kemp and Justin Upton kind of night on Wednesday at Nationals Park, as the Nos. 3 and 4 hitters in the Padres' lineup combined to knock in five of the team's six runs. Just what the team had in mind when San Diego acquired both players in December -- getting Kemp from the Dodgers and Upton from the Braves.

But while there were lean times early in the season, these two have produced a lot more in the second half, and the Padres' 6-5 victory over the Nationals was a prime example of that.

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Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. Keep track of @FollowThePadres on Twitter and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

ICYMI: Padres even series behind J-Up's 3 RBIs

ICYMI: Padres even series behind J-Up's 3 RBIs

Just as Jedd Gyorko did the night before, Justin Upton hit a pair of home runs against the Nationals on Wednesday night to follow suit and lift the Friars to a close 6-5 victory over Washington in game two of a three-game set. Upton collected three RBI in total on Wednesday to also assist a solid start from starter Tyson Ross to even up the series and ultimately force a deciding rubber match between the two clubs on Thursday night.

Ross surrendered four earned runs on six hits with two walks over 6 and 1/3rd of an inning while also striking out nine Nationals batters on Wednesday night. The nine batters struck out matched a season-high for Ross - having also collected nine strikeouts on three separate occasions this season - and ultimately helped him along the way to his ninth win of the season.

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Benoit-Kimbrel form imposing late-inning tandem

Notes on Ross, Hedges, Upton, Kemp, Gyorko

Bill Center, longtime sportswriter for U-T San Diego, is an employee of the Padres.

The Padres Wednesday night ran their record to 46-0 when leading after eight innings.

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Padres, Chihuahuas to play exhibition game

Matchup scheduled for March 31, 2016, at Southwest University Park

Padres, Chihuahuas to play exhibition game

WASHINGTON -- Interim manager Pat Murphy's eyes lit up Wednesday when he was asked about the Padres' plans to play an exhibition game in March at the home of their Triple-A affiliate, the El Paso Chihuahuas. The game will take place on March 31, 2016, at Southwest University Park.

"I'm telling you, all baseball fans should go to El Paso to see what they have got going on there; the setting, the set up, the amenities, amenities for the players, it's first class," Murphy said.

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Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. Keep track of @FollowThePadres on Twitter and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Gyorko belts 2 homers in loss to Nationals

Gyorko belts 2 homers in loss to Nationals

WASHINGTON -- If Stephen Strasburg's dismal start to 2015 led to plenty of questions, lately he's done nothing but provide answers. On Tuesday, the former No. 1 overall pick turned in his seventh consecutive terrific start as the Nationals toppled the Padres, 8-3, to notch their third consecutive win.

"Health is a big key," Nationals manager Matt Williams said of Strasburg, who's been on the disabled list twice this season. "If he feels good when he's out there then he's able to let it go. I don't know how many balls he threw that were 98 miles per hour tonight, but quite a few of them. He sat 95 to 97. That just means he feels good."

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Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. Keep track of @FollowThePadres on Twitter and listen to his podcast. Jacob Emert is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Padres cry foul after Harper gets foul call

Ball appears to miss foot of Nats slugger, who eventually walks

Padres cry foul after Harper gets foul call

WASHINGTON -- Ryan Zimmerman's grand slam in the sixth inning Tuesday might have been the critical at-bat in the Nationals' 8-3 victory over the Padres, but it certainly didn't rate as the most momentous.

Two batters before Zimmerman unloaded on a Bud Norris pitch, breaking open what was a close game, left-handed reliever Marc Rzepczynski appeared to get Bryce Harper on an inning-ending ground ball to first baseman Yonder Alonso, keeping the game at 4-2.

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ICYMI: Gyorko's 2 HR not enough in opener

ICYMI: Gyorko's 2 HR not enough in opener

Jedd Gyorko was in prime form on Tuesday as the young Padres infielder slugged a pair of home runs in a single game against the Nationals during the Padres' series opener against the Nats at Nationals Park. Unfortunately for Gyorko and the Padres, those two home runs would prove to be the only offense of the evening for the Swinging Friars and San Diego would go on to drop the first of a three-game set to Washington by a score of 8-3.

Starter James Shields was handed his sixth loss of the season after surrendering five earned runs on eight hits and only two strikeouts over 5 and 2/3rds innings on Tuesday. Shields was struck by a pair of batted balls twice in Tuesday's game, but luckily neither one struck him in any sort of perilous fashion. Ultimately, however, Shields was pulled in the sixth inning after being struck by a comebacker off the bat of Anthony Rendon. It took Shields a season-high 121 pitches to get through his start on Tuesday.

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SS Giron, RHP Montas pace A-Fort Wayne win

TinCaps nearing Midwest League playoff berth

SS Giron, RHP Montas pace A-Fort Wayne win

Bill Center, longtime sportswriter for U-T San Diego, is an employee of the Padres.

Shortstop Ruddy Giron drove in two runs and right-handed starter Ernesto Montas picked up his 11th win Tuesday as low Single-A Fort Wayne defeated Lansing 5-3 for its 15th straight home win to move closer to a Midwest League playoff berth.

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Ross brothers to start in Padres-Nats series

Tyson takes hill for San Diego on Wednesday; Joe starts for Washington on Thursday

Ross brothers to start in Padres-Nats series

WASHINGTON -- On June 6, Padres pitcher Tyson Ross made a whirlwind one-day trip from Cincinnati to Nationals Park to see his younger brother, Joe Ross, make his Major League debut for the Nationals.

He won't have to go nearly as far Thursday to see him take the mound.

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Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. Keep track of @FollowThePadres on Twitter and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.