Notes: Young not bothered by steals
Friday's four swipes raise total allowed to 15 this season
SAN DIEGO -- Chris Young doesn't especially take joy in watching baserunners run wild behind him when he's on the mound, although the Padres right-hander isn't willing to radically alter his delivery in attempt to cut down on stolen bases.Young allowed four stolen bases in San Diego's 8-1 Interleague victory over Seattle on Friday at Safeco Field. In nine starts this season, Young has yielded 15 stolen bases in as many attempts, due partly to the fact that he's slow to the plate with his delivery. Young's success rate at keeping runners who steal bases from scoring isn't nearly as good as last season, as five of the runners who have stolen bases against him have scored this campaign. It certainly hasn't affected him too much, though, as he's 5-3 with a 2.89 ERA. "It's something Greg [Maddux] and I talked about in Spring Training. ... He gave me a stat that less than 20 percent of stolen bases lead to runs and if you have a pretty low opponent's batting average," Young said. "Statistically, you're better off taking your chances getting the hitter out than worrying about the guys stealing bases." Last season, opponents stole 41 stolen bases against Young, and only six of those runners scored, though two would have scored anyway on home runs. Of course, it helped that Young had the lowest opponent's batting average (.206) in the National League. "I don't want to give guys bases, but if I make good pitches, I can control the damage," he said. "Occasionally I'll get burned doing it, but more often than not, it'll allow me to get out of some situations." When Padres manager Bud Black first heard Maddux say that only 17 percent of runners who steal bases eventually score, he was skeptical. But after digging deeper, it all made sense to him. "If you have a pitcher who, most of the time, gives up less hits per innings pitched, the odds are he's going to save that run," Black said. Black said that Young runs into trouble only when he puts the leadoff hitter of the inning -- one who is a legitimate basestealer -- on base. That only happened once Friday, when in the first inning Young walked Ichiro Suzuki, who then stole second base. But he didn't score. Ichiro stole two bases in the third inning and scored Seattle's only run on a soft single to center field by Jose Vidro on a ball that glanced off shortstop's Khalil Greene's glove. "When a guy gets his lead, the same lead against Chris Young as he does against Bartolo Colon, and no one steals on Colon," Young said, "Chris can get the ball over the same speed. It's just, for him to deliver the ball, it just takes a while."
A hit for Cash: When Russell Branyan left the Mary Birch Hospital for Women in San Diego on Friday, he told his wife, Jill, that he was going to try and get a hit for his newborn son, Cash Carter Branyan.Branyan did just that and more, as he blasted a 428-foot home run to right field in an 8-1 victory over the Mariners at Safeco Field. The home run came about a day after Jill Branyan gave birth to Cash, who weighed 8 pounds, 9 ounces and measured 20 inches. The Branyans already have a daughter, Kylie. Cash Carter Branyan -- who is named after Johnny Cash, one of Branyan's favorite idols -- arrived about 10 days early. Jill Branyan was induced on Thursday morning, which was an off-day for the Padres. He was born at 8:20 p.m. PT. Branyan took a separate fight to Seattle on Friday morning and was in the lineup as San Diego's designated hitter against the Mariners. "It was just as emotional this time because it's a boy, and my wife's father passed away recently," Branyan said. Branyan was on the bereavement list for a few days earlier in May while in Ohio with his wife attending his father-in-law's funeral. About that offense: The Padres had a season-high seven doubles in Friday's 8-1 victory over the Mariners, one shy of the franchise record set on Sept. 8, 1992, against the Giants and again on April 16, 1996, against the Rockies. Every starter in the Padres lineup had at least one hit as San Diego combined for a season-high eight extra-base hits. In 22 road games this season, the Padres have a .251 batting average with 103 runs. It's a far different picture at PETCO Park, where the team has a .226 average with 76 runs. Friar notes: Reliever Scott Cassidy didn't make a rehabilitation appearance at Triple-A Portland on Friday, though he will do soon shortly. Cassidy, coming off surgery on his right knee, is on a 30-day rehabilitation assignment. ... Class A Lake Elsinore had a good night on Friday, posting a 30-0 victory over Lancaster. All told, the Storm had 28 hits, including six home runs. Craig Cooper and Chad Huffman each hit two home runs while 2006 first-round pick Matt Antonelli and Kyle Blanks each had six hits. ... The Padres dedicated a Miracle League Little League Padres Park on Saturday at San Dieguito County Park. The field will accommodate children with mental and physical challenges. ... Entering Saturday's game, the Padres led all Major League teams with a 3.09 ERA. On deck: San Diego completes its three-game series against Seattle at 1:05 p.m. on Sunday at Safeco Field. Justin Germano (1-0, 0.69 ERA) makes this third start since being recalled from Portland. He'll be opposed by Seattle's 21-year-old phenom Felix Hernandez (2-1, 2.57). The Padres are off on Monday before opening a six-game homestand on Monday at PETCO Park against the Cubs.
Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.