Bartlett one game shy of record RBI streak
Padres shortstop plates run in eight consecutive contests
PHOENIX -- If Jason Bartlett was correct about the key to his RBI streak, then it was in jeopardy in Monday night's game against the D-backs.It's a good thing words are just that -- words. "Probably not talking or thinking about it," Bartlett said when asked what made it possible for him to drive in at least one run in what is now eight consecutive games. "I didn't even know about it." After singling in his first at-bat of San Diego's 8-4 win, Bartlett doubled home a pair in the second inning against Armando Galarraga, pulling to within one game of a 29-year-old franchise record. Sixto Lezcano had RBIs in nine consecutive games in 1982, a mark matched in 1996 by Steve Finley. Carmelo Martinez and Tony Gwynn both had eight-game RBI streaks in 1984. This streak, by a shortstop with a modest reputation for run production, is one of the most impressive symptoms of the Padres' recent offensive fever. April showers (.211 average and 2.8 runs per game) have brought May powers (.282 and 5.7). The 10 runs Bartlett plated in the seven games entering Monday were merely a drop in the Padres' bucket of 60 runs across that stretch. San Diego came in tied with Detroit for the Major League lead in runs this month, with 74. This by a team that also leads the Majors with eight shutout losses (seven of them in April). "These are big league hitters. We knew we wouldn't struggle all season," Bartlett said. "We knew we would come out of it. Who knows how long we'll be able to stay at this level, but we have to ride it as long as we can."
Maybin hurts right knee in seventh inning
PHOENIX -- Cameron Maybin exited the Padres' 8-4 win over the D-backs on Monday after the top of the seventh inning with what was announced as patella tendinitis in his right knee.
Maybin went 1-for-3 with a pair of RBIs. He appeared to get hurt while running out a grounder in the seventh, and though he finished the inning, he was replaced in center field by Will Venable for precautionary reasons.
Venable was a late scratch from the Padres' lineup, sidelined by a sore right hand that he injured on a slide in Sunday's series finale against the Rockies in Denver. Chris Denorfia replaced Venable in right field and in the leadoff spot.Venable leads the Padres with 11 stolen bases. He is batting .236 and has driven in eight runs in 35 games.
O-Dog expected to return to yard in San Diego
PHOENIX -- The O-Dog's bark will soon be back in the Padres' clubhouse.Orlando Hudson, who played his second and final rehab game Monday night with Triple-A Tucson, is expected to rejoin the big league club Tuesday in anticipation of coming off the disabled list when he is eligible on Thursday. The second baseman went on the 15-day DL with a strained right hamstring on May 4. He had an active rehab debut on Sunday, playing the field and rapping a pair of doubles to score a run and drive in another against Albuquerque. "We'll see him tomorrow, and he'll jump on the plane with us [for the return flight to San Diego]," said manager Bud Black. "If things continue the way they have, [Thursday] could be the day." "I'm already there. Fifteen days was a long time for me," Hudson told the Arizona Daily Star following Sunday's game. "I'm ready to get out and see some pitches." Prior to his injury, Hudson hit .245 with six RBIs in 29 games. He was also perfect in 10 stolen-base attempts -- a total which already ties his single-season high (previously reached in 2007 and '10) and ranks second on the Padres to Will Venable's 11.
Mike Adams, who picked up his first save in six years and only the second of his career in Monday night's 8-4 win over the D-backs, has retired the first batter in all 20 of his appearances -- the best such mark in the Majors. ... With Will Venable (11 steals) giving in to a sore hand and Orlando Hudson (10) still on the disabled list, the Padres were without half of their National League-leading 43 stolen bases. ... San Diego is on its first three-game winning streak since Sept. 6-8. ... Monday's win was only the Padres' third in their past 10 games in Chase Field, where they are 6-17 across a longer stretch.