After leading the Majors with eight stolen bases and tying for the Big League lead in hits, Cameron Maybin was named National League co-Player of the Week for July 18-24, sharing the honor with Diamondbacks outfielder Justin Upton. Maybin notched 14 hits and hit .538 (14-for-26) while scoring eight runs. As part of the monster week, he tallied his third four-hit game of the season on July 21, the most by any center field in the Majors.
Additionally, Maybin broke a franchise record by stealing at least one base in each of his last six games, breaking the previous mark of five set by Dave Roberts (2006) and Allan Wiggins (1983). Over the six-game stretch, Maybin has swiped a total of eight bags, becoming the second Padre crack the 20-steal plateau this year (also Jason Bartlett). 2011 marks the first season since 2006 that the Padres have had more than one player reach the 20-steak mark. It was accomplished by Roberts, Mike Cameron and Josh Barfield that year. The club has not had four players reach 20-steals since 1999.
Will Venable currently has 18 stolen bases and Orlando Hudson has 13.
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).
The Padres pulled off the 1-0 walk-off win tonight thanks to a sacrifice fly by Orlando Hudson in the bottom of the ninth. Hudson, who was reinstated from the disabled list earlier today, now has two game-ending RBI on the season (also 4/13 vs. CIN) and six in his career.
Tonight marked the fourth walk-off win by the Padres this season: also 4/13 vs. CIN, 4/25 vs. ATL and 5/6 vs. ARI.
In other news, Jason Bartlett had his hitting streak snapped at 10 games while Ryan Ludwick went 2-for-4 in extending his season-high streak to eight games. Ludwick is batting .452 (14-for-31) with four home runs and 13 RBI over that stretch.
Jason Bartlett’s streak of nine consecutive games with an RBI came to an end last night (although his hitting streak ran to 10 games and counting), meaning he tied the club record for consecutive games driving in a run. Bartlett tied streaks by both Sixto Lezcano in 1982 (April 16-27) and Steve Finley in 1996 (June 22-July 1).
JB is the second Friar this season to tie (but not break) a previous club record, as Heath Bell ran his consecutive saves streak to 41 games earlier this year, tying Trevor Hoffman’s mark from the 1997-98 seasons. (Trevor’s streak also tied Rod Beck’s then-Major League record)
Also of note is the fact that Bartlett’s streak did not include one home run. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, over the last 65 years only one other player had an RBI in nine consecutive games without hitting a home run: Kirby Puckett had a 10-game streak for the Twins in September 1988.
Jason Bartlett did it again last night, driving in Chris Denorfia with a sac fly in the first inning and extending his streak to nine consecutive games with an RBI. The streak has him tied with Sixto Lezcano (1982) and Steve Finley (1996) for the club record.
The last time a player in the Major Leagues had an RBI in nine-or-more consecutive games was current Padre Jorge Cantu who had an RBI in 14-straight games across two seasons with Florida (2009-10).
With an 8-4 win over the Diamondbacks last night, the Padres have tied a club record by scoring seven or more runs in five consecutive games, previously done by the 1979 and 1996 clubs. Thanks to MLB.com’s Tom Singer for noting the accomplishment.
In addition, Jason Bartlett went 2-for-5 with two RBI last night and now has an RBI in eight consecutive games. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, he is one shy of tying the franchise record, set by Sixto Lezcano in 1982 and Steve Finley in 1996. Lezcano recorded an RBI in nine straight games from April 16-27. Two Padres players have had at least one RBI in eight straight games: Carmelo Martinez (June 21-28) and Tony Gwynn (May 25-June 3), both during the 1984 season.
The Padres left at 11 this morning for the bus ride up to Los Angeles. After the three-game weekend series, the boys are back for a six-game homestand. Here is a sneak peek at the cover for this homestand’s Blueprint (click for full-sized view):