Padres light up scoreboard in win
Headley's four RBIs lead contributions from Triple-A callups
SAN DIEGO -- With sons Jacob and Wyatt in tow Tuesday, Jake Peavy walked through the interview room off the home clubhouse and commented, to no one in particular, that "those Portland Beavers are something, aren't they?"
Peavy wasn't referring to current members of the Padres' Triple-A affiliate but more so the host of Beavers alumni who have not only infiltrated the Padres' 25-man roster but, on Tuesday, contributed greatly to San Diego's 10-1 victory over the Marlins.
If it wasn't rookie Chase Headley, who had a career-best three hits as well as a career-best four RBI, it was Brian Myrow, recalled earlier in the day from Portland, who hit a home run. Then there was another newcomer, Chip Ambres, who had a hit, two walks and made a nice running catch in right field.
Want more? New shortstop Luis Rodriguez had a walk, single, drove in a run and made a diving stop of Jorge Cantu's line drive in the sixth inning. Catcher Nick Hundley drove in a run and later added a double.
In all, there were five position players in the Padres' lineup on Tuesday who started the season in Portland and 11 players on the 25-man roster who have spent time with the Beavers.
For one night, though, they played as if they have no intention of ever going back there.
Apparently, the kids are all right.
"To see guys that I played with at the beginning of the year ... they know how to play," Headley said. "I wouldn't expect them to come up here and not contribute. I knew that they would play and help out and that's what they did tonight."
In the interest of fairness, it wasn't just the fresh faces in the Padres' lineup on Tuesday who made a difference against the Marlins.
San Diego pitcher Randy Wolf, a week removed from calling himself the "worst pitcher in baseball" after allowing seven runs in four innings in Colorado, allowed a first-inning run but settled down to tame the Marlins (46-44).
It was after that start in Denver when Wolf and pitching coach Darren Balsley essentially planted themselves in front of split-screen footage of one of Wolf's starts earlier in the season and the one against the Rockies and noticed something subtle.
"It was all about getting more extension," Wolf said of his left arm.
Wolf, who allowed five hits in seven innings on Tuesday with seven strikeouts and one walk, threw in the bullpen over the weekend in Arizona and noticed a difference. Then, against the Marlins, he put his revamped mechanics to use.
"He seemed to click in the middle innings," Padres manager Bud Black said. "He was throwing the ball with more confidence. He got his rhythms back."
Not to be upstaged, another veteran, center fielder Scott Hairston, had three hits and a home run that drove in three runs in the sixth inning. He has nine hits, including four home runs, in his past 16 at-bats.
"When he gets hot, it can get scary," Black said. "The home run, the double ... he is seeing the ball, swinging with authority."
While Hairston's home run essentially put the game out of reach, it was Headley's three-run double to the gap in left-center in the first inning off Marlins pitcher Andrew Miller (5-8) that got the Padres (36-55) started.
Miller, a hard-throwing left-hander who defeated the Padres on May 4, allowed a double to Hairston to begin the game and then walked Edgar Gonzalez. After Miller struck out Adrian Gonzalez, he hit Kevin Kouzmanoff with a pitch to load the bases.
After swinging through a 94 mph fastball and fouling off 96 mph fastball, Headley got the count back full and, on the seventh pitch of the at-bat, doubled in three runs.
"He was having a hard time throwing strikes," said Headley, who has 21 hits in his first 20 games since he was recalled from Portland on June 17. "I was able to get back in the count and I knew he had to come back over the plate."
Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.