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Father's Day Game Thread: Padres @ Twins

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Another one-run game. Another shutout. Yesterday's loss brought us to 9.5 games back in the division and 12 games below .500 for the first time this season. Tim Stauffer had another fantastic start, allowing one run on six hits in seven innings, that went to waste because of our offense's lack of production. Four hits in the game gave us chances to score, but we went 0-7 with runners in scoring position and struck out 11 times. Stauffer's one mistake was a costly one, and Danny Valencia homered to take advantage of it.

Offensive struggles have been a recurring pattern this season. I still believe we can turn our season around and make an attempt at the division lead, but we need to make more progress on offense. Right now we lead the league in shutouts (yesterday was our 12th) and that is unacceptable. We know these guys can hit; they just need to do it more efficiently when we have chances to score. We will see if they can do that today and avoid the sweep in Minnesota.

Moseley will return to the rotation today after missing his last scheduled start due to a dislocated left shoulder. He has pitched consistently well all season, but has been plagued by a lack of run support. This will be his first time pitching on the good side of an interleague game, as he spent his last five seasons in the American League.

Our Padres will face Francisco Liriano on the mound. He is coming off a game in which he flirted with his second no-hitter of the season. The season! We cannot allow him to continue that trend today. As a franchise who has never pitched a no-hitter, we should take our bitterness to the plate and ruin this guy. Or at least get some hits and score enough runs to get Moseley a win. We have to do it for all the PADRES out there, on and off the field on this Father's Day.

GO FRIARS!! KEEP THE FAITH!!

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