Tag:Clayton Richard
Posted on: May 28, 2010 11:16 pm
Edited on: May 29, 2010 12:36 am

Nationals play Friday's game under protest

Bizarre moment in Friday night's Washington-San Diego game when the Nationals lodged a protest midway through the first inning because the Padres had erroneously listed Adam Russell as the starting pitcher on the lineup card instead of Clayton Richard.

Richard had worked a 1-2-3 first when Nationals manager Jim Riggleman called the Padres on the mistake. Umpires then accepted the protest for an "unannounced substitution", which would be moot if the Nationals win.

It could have gotten dicey had the Padres won because the Nats appeared to have the Padres stone cold. Alas, Washington beat San Diego 5-3 with Matt Capps earning his major-league leading 17th save.

Had the Padres won, a baseball official said Friday night, one of two things likely could have happened:

The protest could be upheld and the game would have to be replayed from the middle of the first.

Or, the league could deny the protest, most likely on the grounds that the pitcher's spot in the batting order had not yet come up and it was clear who was pitching for the Padres.

Being that protests are very rarely upheld, the latter is the most likely scenario.

To find the last protest upheld in the National League, you have to go back to a Pittsburgh-St. Louis game in June, 1986, when then-NL president Chub Feeney upheld the Pirates' protest that umpire John Kibler improperly called a game prematurely on account of rain.

On that night, there were two rain delays. The first totaled 17 minutes, then the game resumed for only two pitches before another rain delay of 22 minutes. Then the game was called with the Pirates losing 4-1. NL rules called for umpires to wait at least 75 minutes during the first rain delay and 45 minutes during a second delay before calling the game.

The last AL protest that was upheld was in the infamous Pine Tar Game between Kansas City and the Yankees in July, 1983.


Posted on: May 2, 2010 8:46 pm
Edited on: May 2, 2010 8:51 pm

Padres putting on pitching clinic

SAN DIEGO -- Along with the Mets, the Padres are one of only two National League teams to never have thrown a no-hitter. But where San Diego's pitching is concerned, the Padres on Sunday did touch history by throwing a third shutout against Milwaukee in four games.

Never before had the Padres thrown three shutouts in a series of any length. And leaving the Brewers' batters even more bewildered, the two runs the stingy San Diego pitchers allowed were the fewest in Padres' history in a four-game series.

This against a Brewers team that arrived here last Thursday leading the National League in runs scored.

So much for the gap left in the rotation by trading ace Jake Peavy to the White Sox last July.

So much for the continued absence of All-Star Chris Young, who has been on the disabled list since the season's first week.

"You talk all the time about pitching and solid defense and timely hitting going a long way," Padres manager Bud Black said after Sunday's 8-0 whitewashing of Milwaukee. "You can't discount what our starters have done early this season.

"To a man, they've all pitched well."

Sunday's winner was the graybeard of the group Jon Garland, a 10-year veteran. Kevin Correia, Clayton Richard, Wade LeBlanc and Mat Latos also have pitched so well that the discussion in San Diego recently has centered on just whom the Padres would send back to Triple-A when Young is ready to rejoin them.

Mix in the bullpen, where set-up men Luke Gregerson and Mike Adams in particular have been nails for closer Heath Bell, and the surprising first-place Padres have won 13 of their past 16 games.

"You see our bullpen," Padres catcher Yorvit Torrealba said. "There are not a lot of guys people have heard of before. But if our starting pitching gets us a lead after seven innings, it's game over. Gregerson, Mike Adams ... guys nobody's heard of before, but they have outstanding arms.

"Our pitching is really deep."

"They're good," said slow-starting Brewers first baseman Prince Fielder (.234, two homers, nine RBI in 25 games). "They did a great job this series.

"Unfortunately, we probably weren't at our best."

Overall, the Padres now own a major-league leading six shutouts. Though five of them have come at Petco Park (the other came in Cincinnati), that's two more than the Mets and San Francisco and double the number of any AL team.

Coming into Sunday's games, the Padres' 2.88 ERA ranked third in the majors (behind the Cardinals and Giants), as did their .233 opponents' batting average.

"The fact that we held them to zero runs in three of four games and to two runs total in four games, we feel like we came away with a sweep," Padres outfielder Tony Gwynn Jr. said. "That's a very, very talented offense over there. Our pitchers really stepped up."

Heading into Monday's series opener against Colorado and Rockies ace Ubaldo Jimenez, Padres pitchers now have worked 40 scoreless innings in their past 42 innings pitched going back to Wednesday's game in Florida.

Over their past 16 games, the Padres own a 2.08 ERA.

Posted on: May 21, 2009 11:50 pm

Only a matter of time until Peavy is dealt

The joy in Padreville in the aftermath of Jake Peavy torpedoing the proposed Chicago White Sox trade may be very real, but it also will be very short-lived.

Padres fans, better brace yourselves: It's only a matter of time until Peavy is shipped away.

In fact, look closely enough and you'll see that the proposed deal in which the White Sox were to send left-handers Aaron Poreda and Clayton Richard and two other young pitchers -- one believed to be Lance Broadway -- to San Diego might not even be permanently vetoed.

Peavy appeared to leave the door cracked -- ever so slightly -- in his brief comments to reporters in Petco Park on Thursday afternoon.

"As of right now, this is the best place for us to be," Peavy said Thursday afternoon, speaking of himself, wife Katie and the couple's three sons, all of whom are under 8. "We made that decision for the time being."

As of right now? For the time being?

Sounds like the words of a short-timer, which Peavy surely is despite the nixed White Sox deal. While he will start for the Padres against the Chicago Cubs on Friday night in San Diego, there are those who still believe the deal with the White Sox could be resurrected within the next several days.

Failing that, it's clear the Padres remain determined to move him. They are still under a mandate to reduce the payroll to $40 million, and they're currently at about $45 million. Peavy is due $11 million this season, and $63 million through 2013.

Aside from the money, the Padres have regressed so badly on the field that they realize there is more value in the package of players they could obtain for him than in keeping him.

There is no way the club intends to retain Peavy.

What's not so clear is whether Peavy, who owns a full no-trade clause, will be able to steer the deal toward one of his desired destinations -- either in Chicago with the Cubs or in Los Angeles with the Dodgers, according to sources close to the pitcher.

One major league executive with knowledge of the Cubs' ownership maeuverings says that prospective majority owner Tom Ricketts and general manager Jim Hendry have discussed the possibility of acquiring Peavy. But the club's $900 million transition into ownership by the Ricketts family still isn't completed.

Bottom line here is, Peavy's continued presence is becoming a problem.

The Padres have have wasted an ungodly amount of hours since last October in trade conversations.

The growing perception of Peavy is that he's impossible to please and that he's afraid to pitch in the more potent American League (nevermind the fact that he long ago earned his no-trade clause and has every right to tell the Padres to stuff it).

Peavy's camp, understandably sensitive to him being branded the bad guy in Chicago, was not happy that details of the potential deal became public.

"Not only is the public airing of this stuff counter-productive, it's probably destructive," Barry Axelrod, Peavy's agent, told CBSSports.com earlier in the day Thursday.

Axelrod added that to say the fate of this trade was in Peavy's hands "is a simplistic view of it. Approval or disapproval, it's not necessarily in black or white. One thing we talked about six or seven months ago are the considerations that (might) need to be given should Jake agree to a deal."

In other words, depending on how geographically desirable a trade destination is, Peavy could request anything from a cost-of-living allowance to airline tickets for his wife and children to an entirely re-done contract, ala Johan Santana when the New York Mets acquired him from Minnesota two winters ago.



Posted on: October 6, 2008 3:04 pm
Edited on: October 6, 2008 4:59 pm

Sox to go with Buehrle if Game 5 is necessary

CHICAGO -- The switch is on: If the Chicago White Sox can get their AL Division Series to Game 5 on Wednesday, they'll hand the ball to left-hander Mark Buehrle.

"That's the guy, the best guy we have," White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said Monday before Game 4.

The change means Javier Vazquez, whom the Sox no longer trust in their biggest games, gets bumped. It also means that Vazquez and left-hander Clayton Richard will be available in long relief -- not only in Game 5, but in Game 4 later today if Gavin Floyd is chased early.

"Right now our bullpen is fresh," Guillen said. "Right now, we see Floyd and as soon as Floyd comes out and it's not (going) the way we thought he is going to be, you are going to see a couple of guys up right away.

"We can't sit down and hope for one good inning. And you are going to see Richard up right away. Like (Sunday), we are going to bring (Matt) Thornton in the sixth because I thought we need to get that done in the sixth in case (John) Danks was in trouble. And you know, you don't see Thornton in the sixth during the season.

"But now, Thornton, (Scott) Linebrink, you're going to see them early in the game if we have to."

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