Cory Luebke grabbed his sixth win of the season last night, working 7.0 innings of one-hit ball while striking out a career-high-tying nine Rockies. Ernesto Frieri finished off the game, striking out three over the final two frames to complete the one-hitter. The only hit by the Rockies came on a two-out homer by Mark Ellis in the sixth inning.
The Padres, one of two Major League teams who have yet to throw a no-hitter (also the Mets), have now recorded 25 one-hitters in franchise history. That total includes five over the past three seasons (three in 2009; one in 2010). Last night’s effort marked the eighth combined one-hitter by the Padres.
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).
A couple of the “best” shots from Spring Training photoday earlier this year. Keep in mind it starts at 6:45 a.m.