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MLB Team Report - San Diego Padres SAN DIEGO -- Manager Bud Black no longer masks his enthusiasm for San Diego Padres rookie right-hander Jesse Hahn.
"Jesse again pitched a great game," Black said Wednesday night after Hahn celebrated his 25th birthday by holding the St. Louis Cardinals to one run on four hits and two walks over seven innings in the Padres' 12-1 win. Hahn (7-2) lowered his ERA to 2.01 through nine major league starts.
"He's not a secret anymore even though he's facing teams for the first time. He's been impressive. He's surpassed our early expectations, and it's legit, really good work. He's got that traditional 12-to-6, 1-to-7 curveball. Great spin, huge break, and he can throw it for strikes when he's behind in the count."
On Wednesday night, Hahn added a new wrinkle. He worked more off his fastball than the curve and got a couple of outs on changeups. He also was efficient, completing seven innings on an un-rookie-like 95 pitches.
"The big key tonight was fastball movement," Black said. "He had great sink, and that made it easier for the hook to come into play."
Hahn said, "I tried to attack with my strength. The fastball got a lot of ground-ball outs for me tonight."
Hahn's seven wins in his first nine career appearances are the most in Padres history and are tied for the third most in the major leagues dating back to 1914. He is the first major league pitcher to win seven games in his first nine appearances since the Florida Marlins' Dontrelle Willis in 2003.
----------------------------------------------- MLB Team Report - San Diego Padres RECORD: 56-50
STREAK: Lost two
NEXT: Cardinals (RHP Shelby Miller, 7-8, 4.20 ERA) at Padres (RHP Odriasmer Despaigne, 2-2, 1.66 ERA)
--3B Yangervis Solarte, who was acquired in the trade that sent 3B Chase Headley to the Yankees, has at least one RBI in seven of his first eight games with the Padres. He is the first Padre ever to accomplish the feat and only the 12th major-leaguer since 1920 to have at least one RBI in seven of his first eight games with a team. Solarte is hitting .364 in eight games as a Padre, going 12-for-33 with a triple, two homers and eight RBIs.
--2B Jedd Gyorko went 3-for-5 with a homer and four RBIs Wednesday. In three games since returning from the disabled list, Gyorko is 6-for-11 with a double, a homer and five RBIs, raising his average from .162 to .181. Gyorko spent 44 games on the disabled list due to plantar fasciitis in his left foot.
--RF Will Venable matched his career high of four RBIs Wednesday night. His fourth homer -- a three-run shot that capped the Padres' eight-run seventh -- was only his fourth of the season and his first since July 19.
--RHP Andrew Cashner threw a bullpen session Wednesday. "He feels good and turned some pitches loose at the end," Padres manager Bud Black said of Cashner, who has been on the disabled list since June 18 with shoulder and neck pain. Cashner could pitch a bullpen/simulated game this weekend before heading to the minors for a rehab assignment next week.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "My approach right now is to get off to a fast start and don't think about what happened before. I have two months left. I don't want to keep going over what happened before." -- 2B Jedd Gyorko, who is 6-for-11 with a homer and five RBIs since coming off the disabled list.
----------------------------------------------- MLB Team Report - San Diego Padres MEDICAL WATCH:
--RHP Ian Kennedy (sore left oblique) missed his scheduled start July 28. He is expected to make his next scheduled start Aug. 2.
--LF Carlos Quentin (left knee soreness) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to July 27.
--RHP Joe Wieland (arthroscopic right elbow surgery in March 2013) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 21, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on April 2. On March 25, he had bone spurs removed from the same elbow on which he had Tommy John surgery in 2012. He began a rehab assignment in the rookie-level Arizona League on July 19.
--LHP Robbie Erlin (left elbow soreness) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to May 18, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on June 26. An MRI showed no damage to the ulnar collateral ligament. He again experienced some discomfort in his elbow during a stress test June 6. He began a throwing program in mid-June. He began a rehab assignment in the rookie-level Arizona League on July 27.
--RHP Andrew Cashner (right shoulder soreness) went on the 15-day disabled list June 23. He started a throwing program July 4. He threw bullpen sessions July 27 and July 30. He might begin a rehab assignment in early August.
--RHP Casey Kelly (Tommy John surgery in April 2013) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 21, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on June 23. He was transferred to the 60-day disabled list June 23. He made rehab appearances for Class A Lake Elsinore on May 3 and May 8, then pitched for Double-A San Antonio on May 14 and May 19. He reported soreness after the May 19 start and was shut down. Manager Bud Black said May 30 that Kelly was feeling better but wasn't ready to get back on the mound yet.
--LHP Troy Patton (strained left shoulder) went on the 15-day disabled list June 14, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on July 2. Team doctors and Dr. James Andrews prescribed rest instead of surgery.
--RHP Josh Johnson (sore flexor pronator muscles in right forearm) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 21, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on April 25. He underwent season-ending Tommy John surgery April 24.
--LHP Cory Luebke (Tommy John surgery in February 2014) went on the 60-day disabled list March 7. He will miss the entire season.
RHP Ian Kennedy
RHP Tyson Ross
LHP Eric Stults
RHP Odrisamer Despaigne
RHP Jesse Hahn
RHP Joaquin Benoit (closer)
LHP Alex Torres
RHP Dale Thayer
RHP Kevin Quackenbush
RHP Blaine Boyer
RHP Nick Vincent
RHP Tim Stauffer
1B Yonder Alonso
2B Jedd Gyorko
SS Everth Cabrera
3B Chris Nelson
INF Alexi Amarista
INF Tommy Medica
INF Yangervis Solarte
LF Chris Denorfia
CF Will Venable
RF Jeff Francoeur
OF Seth Smith
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