Tim Stauffer continued his dominance on the mound last night with 6.0 innings of shutout ball, picking up his sixth win of the season and fourth in his last five starts. The Padres improved to 11-9 on the year when he takes the mound. Stauffer lowered his team-leading ERA to 2.83, ranking eighth in the National League. Since June 7, he has gone 5-2 with a 1.33 ERA (8 ER/54.0 IP) in eight starts without allowing more than two runs in any of his outings.
As for the Padres, they started their seven-game trip with a win last night pulling even with the Dodgers in the standings. Heath Bell picked up his 27th save of the season in his 29th opportunity following an offensive attack that saw four Padres tally two-hit games (Venable, Maybin, Ludwick, Hudson).
The Padres snapped a brief two-game skid with a 3-1 win last night, improving to 6-5 in their last 11 games. Over that stretch, the Padres pitching staff has posted a 2.52 ERA with starters working 7.0 or more innings on six occasions.
Dustin Moseley picked up the win yesterday after 7.0 innings of one-run ball. A victim of bad luck all year long, Moseley is now 2-6 despite lowering his ERA to 3.00. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, he is one of just 23 qualifying pitchers with an ERA of 3.00 or better but is the only one of those pitchers who does not boast a winning record.
On the offensive side, Chase Headley extended his career-high hitting streak to 13 games, Ryan Ludwick has now hit safely in 17 of his last 21 games and Chris Denorfia belted his fourth home run of the season.
Chase Headley knocked an RBI single in the third inning last night, extending his hitting streak to 12 games. With that hit, he extended his career high and passed Orlando Hudson for the longest hitting streak by a Padre this season.
Ryan Ludwick drove in one run last night, giving him 36 RBI on the season. He leads the team and ranks tied for eighth in the NL. Luddy has now hit safely in 16 of his last 20 games.
The Padres drove in two runs on sacrifice flies in the seventh last night. The last time they had two sac flies in a single inning was 7/23/10 at PIT (top 2). Since the start of the 2007 season, the Padres have accomplished the feat just one other time (9/7/08 at MIL – top 7).
The Pads did it again, winning 5-4 over the Braves last night and extending their winning streak to a season-high four games. Each of the four wins have come by one run (2-1, 5-4, 3-2, 5-4). It is the longest winning streak for the club since taking five straight 8/15-19/10.
Over the current win streak, Heath Bell has tied his career high by picking up four saves in four consecutive days. He also accomplished the feat 8/10-13/10. Bell is one shy of tying the club record for saves in consecutive days (Thanks to Channel 4’s Chyron Bob Wehrsdorfer for the research):
Mark Davis, 9/2-6/89
Rollie Fingers, 5/28-31/77 (two saves during doubleheader on 5/30)
Heath Bell, 5/28/11-current
Heath Bell, 8/10-13/10
Trevor Hoffman, 5/25-28/08
Trevor Hoffman, 7/5-8/06
Also of note, Mat Latos picked up another win with 6.0 innings of two-run ball last night. He has won two straight and three of his last four, lowering his ERA to 3.97 on the year.
Ryan Ludwick continues to pound the ball, collecting four hits last night. He is 9-for-14 over his last three games and finished the month of May hitting .314.
The Padres took their third straight with an extra-inning 3-2 win over the Braves. Heath Bell picked up the save, his third in as many days. It is the third time in his career that he as picked up three saves in three days, also accomplishing the feat 4/16-18/09 and 8/10-13/10 (four straight).
Ryan Ludwick continues his tear at the plate, going 2-for-5 with two RBI yesterday. Over his last 17 games, dating back to 5/11, he is hitting .364 (24-for-66) with four home runs and 19 RBI, raising his average 63 points over that span. With 22 RBI in May, Ludwick ranks third in the National League. He is tied for eighth in the NL on the season with 34.
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.
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.
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.
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.