May 2011

Silver lining

The Padres can still clinch a split of the season series against the Cardinals with a win this afternoon. They are 9-7 in series finales on the year. Today it will be Mat Latos taking on Chris Carpenter. Latos has not faced the Cardinals this year while Carpenter started against the Padres on Opening Day, a 5-3 extra-inning win for the Padres.

A few notes following last night’s game:

Aaron Harang has now worked 7.0-or-more innings in three of his last four starts and is 1-0 with a 3.42 ERA (10 ER/26.1 IP) over that stretch. He is 3-2 with a 3.40 ERA (17 ER/45.0 IP) in seven starts at home this year.

Chase Headley (1-for-3 last night) has hit safely in 18 of his last 24 games since 4/29, batting .316 (24-for-76) with six doubles during that stretch.

Brad Hawpe (1-for-4 last night) has hit safely in 19 of his last 23 games with an at-bat, hitting .314 (27-for-86) with eight doubles and 13 runs scored in 25 games overall since 4/25 over that span.

Lineup 5/24

Padre Pets

In each issue of the Blueprint, we feature a different Padre and their pet. Take a look at the four-legged (and one feathered) friends below and vote on your favorite.

A special weekend

Thanks to Eric Stonestreet (ABC’s Modern Family) for coming out the park last weekend in support of Stand Up To Cancer. Check out his visit in the slideshow below.

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Also, congratulations to all the participants in this year’s Celebration of Champions (video below). Thanks to Rady Children’s Hospital for all they do every year to make this such a memorable event.

Minor achievements

Lake Elsinore Storm infielder Jedd Gyorko has been named the California League’s Offensive Player of the Week for the week ending May 22. Over that stretch, he hit .413 (12-for-29) with a .469 OBP and .897 SLG. Gyorko had three doubles, one triple, three home runs, nine RBI, nine runs scored and four stolen bases in the week.

In other news from the Padres farm system, the club today called up outfielder Blake Tekotte from Double-A San Antonio. Tekotte was hitting .291 (43-for-148) with the Missions, posting a .410 OBP and .486 SLG. He was originally signed by the Padres as a third-round selection in the 2008 First-Year Player draft out of the University of Miami.

Lineup 5/23

Ryan Ludwick back in the lineup tonight, looking to continue his offensive onslaught. Padres trying to snap a three-game losing streak and clinch at least a split of the season series against the Cardinals with a win tonight.

For those of you who saw the earlier lineup post…yes, apparently the umpires are only going to let us play with one shortstop tonight.

Lots of handshakes

The Padres greet each and every one of about 350 of PETCO Park’s Guest Service Representatives, the people that make the magic happen.

In the Cards

The Padres welcome the Cardinals to town today, beginning a three-game series. The two teams opened the 2011 campaign against each other in St. Louis, with the Padres taking two of three. With the current series being the last meeting between the two this season, the Padres can clinch at least a split of the season series for the first time since 2006 with a win tonight.

With the Cards in town, Ryan Ludwick will face his former team for the third time since being traded to the Padres at the 2010 trade deadline. In seven games vs. the Cardinals since joining the Padres, he has hit .292 with a .452 on-base percentage and .458 slugging percentage. Over his last 10 games this season, Luddy’s bat has come around, hitting .436 (17-for-39) with four home runs, 14 RBI, a .429 OBP and .744 SLG. During that stretch, he has raised his batting average 60 points.

Dustin Moseley takes the hill for the Padres tonight, looking for his second win of the season. He made his Padres debut against the Cardinals on 4/3, working 7.0 innings of one-run ball in the tough-luck loss.

Lineup 5/22

Jason Bartlett is back in there today, the shortstop has hit safely in 11 of his last 12 games, batting .353 (18-for-51) with 12 RBI over that stretch.

The Padres have gone 5-2 on Sundays and 11-6 in day games this season…the 11 wins in day games are the second most in the NL behind the Reds (12 wins).

Lineup 5/21

First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. tonight as the Padres take on RHP Michael Pineda and the Mariners.

Batting third is Ryan Ludwick, who’s working on a season-high nine-game hitting streak and batting .457 (16-f0r-35) with four homers and 14 RBI over that stretch.

Right behind Ludwick in the cleanup spot is Brad Hawpe, who hasn’t been too bad himself this month. The left-handed hitter has a .352 (19-for-54) average in 17 games this May, tied for the third best average in the NL this month.