Heath Bell is headed to the desert for his third straight All-Star game. The break comes at a good time for the Padres, who dropped each of the last five after winning four consecutive series headed into San Francisco. The Padres will match up against the Giants again right after the All-Star break, with a four-game series at PETCO Park. Here are the projected pitching matchups for that series:
Thursday, July 14 (PCL Tribute Posters): Harang vs. Bumgarner
Friday, July 15 (golf towels and fireworks): Moseley vs. Lincecum
Saturday, July 16 (rally pom-poms): Luebke vs. Zito
Sunday, July 17 (military appreciation day/t-shirts for kids): Latos vs. Cain
The Short-A Eugene Emeralds did it again last night, winning 9-3 over Vancouver and setting a new Northwest League record with their 14th consecutive victory. Two-time NW League Player of the Week (just 19 games into his professional career) Cory Spangenberg had another two-hit game, going 2-for-5 with two doubles, an RBI and a run scored. Shortstop Jace Peterson led the way at the top of the order with a 3-for-5 night that included a double, two RBI and two runs scored. Peterson was the Padres fifth selection in this years Draft, taken 58th overall.
Led by former ASU head coach Pat Murphy, in his first year managing at the professional level, the Emeralds are now 17-2 on the season. They are hitting .273 on the year while posting a 3.26 team ERA. Over the 14-game win streak, the club is outscoring their opponents 94-43. The Emeralds are averaging 6.7 runs/game over that stretch while allowing 3.1.
The Short-A Eugene roster consists of 30 players, 17 of which joined the Padres less than a month ago as selections in the 2011 First-Year Player draft.
Cory Spangenberg, the Padres’ top selection at 10th overall in the 2011 Draft, has been playing for just 18 games with Single-A Eugene and was honored today with his second straight Northwest League Player of the Week award.
After being named Player of the Week for June 20-26, Spangenberg followed it up by hitting .407 (11-for-27) with a .556 OBP and .519 SLG from June 27-July 3. Catapulted by Spangenberg’s hot bat, the Emeralds (16-2 on the season) are currently riding a 13-game winning streak that is tied for the all-time Northwest League record. The Ems will attempt to break the league record and with their 14th straight in a 7:05 p.m. game tonight against Vancouver.
With a big Fourth of July win yesterday, the Padres continue to inch closer to the .500 mark. Each of the starting nine collected at least one hit in yesterday’s win, handing Tim Lincecum his seventh loss of the season. Yesterday was also interesting in that each of the Padres pitchers was credited with either a win (Richard), hold (Frieri, Spence, Qualls, Adams) or save (Bell). The four holds match the most by any team this season (14th time) and tie for the most ever in a single game by the Padres (6th time).
The Friars are 9-3 in their last 12 tilts and have not lost consecutive games since June 19-20. Over the current 12-game stretch, the Pads are posting a 2.68 ERA (31 ER/104.0 IP) and have held opponents to three or fewer runs in 10 of those contests (including two shutouts). The starting rotation has been credited with seven of the nine wins, recording a 2.57 ERA (20 ER/70.0 IP).
On the offensive side, Cameron Maybin (.341), Chase Headley (.368) and Will Venable (.323) are each hitting over .300 during the 12-game stretch.
After being optioned to Triple-A Tucson in late May, Venable has had a strong showing in his return to the Big Leagues. Since beening recalled on June 9, Venable is hitting .326 with a.385 OBP and .478 SLG (.863 OPS).