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MLB Team Report - San Diego Padres - INSIDE PITCH
SAN DIEGO -- Suddenly, things are going the San Diego Padres' way.
The Padres continued their second-half surge Sunday with a 10-inning, 4-3 win over the Atlanta Braves to complete a three-game sweep.
The win capped a 5-1 homestand against two playoff contenders -- the St.
Louis Cardinals and Atlanta.
"We're playing good ball right now," said Padres manager Bud Black, whose team is 10-6 since the All-Star break.
The Padres' surge came at a time when the club parted with three key players through trades -- right-handed closer Huston Street to the Los Angeles Angels, third baseman Chase Headley to the New York Yankees and outfielder Chris Denorfia to the Seattle Mariners.
Interestingly, the trades added two Latin American players to the San Diego clubhouse -- third baseman/outfielder Yangervis Solarte (as part of the haul for Headley) and outfielder Abraham Almonte (from Seattle). Since the start of the season, the Padres also added Cuban right-handed pitcher Odrisamer Despaigne.
See the trend. The clubhouse is changing, and it could be part of a campaign to strengthen the Padres' connections to Latin America and Mexico.
After Sunday's win over Atlanta, the Padres hosted the first Mexican League game at Petco Park between the Mexico City Rojos Diablos and the Tijuana Toros. Padres co-owner Alfredo Harp Helu is also the owner of the Rojos Diablos.
"I like the combinations we have right now," said Black of the reconstituted Padres. "The roster changes have brought a little extra energy and opportunity. (Will) Venable and (Jedd) Gyorko have picked it up. The overall at-bats by the 13 position players have been better."
MLB Team Report - San Diego Padres - NOTES, QUOTES
STREAK: Won three
NEXT: Tuesday -- Padres (RHP Jesse Hahn, 7-2, 2.01 ERA) at Twins (RHP Phil Hughes, 10-8, 4.12 ERA)
--RHP Tyson Ross threw six shutout innings Sunday, then allowed a walk, a triple and a double to the first three hitters he faced in the seventh. He finished with a solid line -- two runs on five hits and two walks with seven strikeouts over six-plus innings. Sunday marked the ninth straight game in which Ross worked six or more innings and allowed two or fewer runs. He is 4-4 during the streak with a 1.62 ERA). Ross also had a RBI single and drew a walk, and Padres manager Bud Black felt the time the right-hander spent on the bases might have adversely affected his pitching. "I felt the ball wasn't coming out of his hand as well in the seventh," Black said. "His stuff wasn't quite as good."
--1B/LF Tommy Medica hit his third homer of the three-game series against the Braves on Sunday. Medica went 8-for-12 in the three games with a double, the three homers, two walks, a steal, five RBIs and five runs. His 18 total bases tied for the sixth most in a three-game series in Padres history. The 18 total bases tied for the most in a three-game series at Petco Park, matching the mark set by Brian Giles against Atlanta from Aug. 16-18, 2005. The 18 total bases are the third most by a major league rookie in a three-game series since 2000. Medica is 16-for-33 since July 23.
--OF Will Venable went 6-for-11 in the series against the Braves with two RBIs, including Saturday night's walk-off hit. Venable is 9-for-18 during a five-game hitting streak with two homers, seven RBIs and three runs. He is hitting .349 (22-for-63) over his past 20 games with a double, a triple, three home runs and 10 RBIs.
--SS Everth Cabrera went 2-for-4 with two RBIs Sunday, including the walk-off single in the 10th inning. Since coming off the disabled list after missing 22 games with a left hamstring pull, Cabrera is 8-for-25 (.320) with three RBIs.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "Some positive things are happening,. These were two outstanding games. At the end of each, we got the key hits." -- Manager Bud Black, after the Padres beat the Atlanta Braves in extra innings for the second consecutive game Sunday.
MLB Team Report - San Diego Padres - ROSTER REPORT
--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, and he moved his rehab to Double-A San Antonio on Aug. 3.
--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, and he moved his rehab to Double-A San Antonio on Aug. 1.
--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 Tommy Medica
INF Yangervis Solarte
LF Seth Smith
CF Alexi Amarista
RF Will Venable
OF Abraham Almonte
OF Jeff Francoeur
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