Bartlett's RBI streak finished at nine games
Padres shortstop ties 29-year franchise mark before run ends
SAN DIEGO -- In the bottom of the seventh inning of the Padres' 5-2 loss to the Brewers on Wednesday, Chris Denorfia was caught stealing second base.
The crowd didn't like the call and neither did Padres manager Bud Black, who argued with second-base umpire Tim Tschida.
Then shortstop Jason Bartlett singled to center field. Denorfia may not have scored from second, but if he had, it would have been Bartlett's franchise-record 10th consecutive game with an RBI.
Instead, his name will rest alongside Sixto Lezcano (1982) and Steve Finley ('96) in the Padres' record books.
Despite the slow buildup, Bartlett just recently found out about the streak.
"To be honest, I didn't know about it until a couple of days ago," he said.
Looking back, Bartlett said part of his success is a result of where the team has played. He said the Padres have played on a lot of hard fields lately, which tends to produce more ground-ball singles. San Diego just returned from an eight-game road trip that took them to Milwaukee, Colorado and Arizona.
Though Bartlett's RBI streak ended, he was able to extend a different streak on Wednesday.
He finished the game 2-for-4, extending his hitting streak to 10 games, his longest this season. Over those ten games, Bartlett is batting .386 (17-for-44).
"I feel good, so I'm going to stay positive and confident as long as I can," Bartlett said.
Maybin gets another day of rest for right knee
SAN DIEGO -- San Diego center fielder Cameron Maybin was out of the lineup for the second time in as many days Wednesday, taking off to let his sore right knee heal.
Maybin hurt himself legging out a grounder on Monday in Arizona and was diagnosed with patella tendinitis.
San Diego manager Bud Black said Maybin is on the mend, and he was set to take batting practice before Wednesday's game against the Brewers at PETCO Park.
"Cam will hit," Black said. "He's better. Feeling better. Lobbied a little bit today to play. Love that. You don't really like it when it's the other way, 'Hey, I'm good you don't need to put me in there. I'd just like another day of service time.'"
Obviously, there was a hint of sarcasm in Black's voice. Most managers would prefer a player to anxiously await his return to the lineup, and considering the way Maybin has played recently, it's clear why Black would want him back.
Maybin is hitting .480 in his past six games (12-for-25), and over the course of the Padres' eight-game road trip, the center fielder hit .414 and had consecutive four-hit games.
Black said there's a good chance his return will come Thursday against the Brewers.
"I've been doing treatment the last few days on it, just kind of staying aggressive with the treatment, you know, to hopefully get it a lot better before it gets a lot worse," Maybin said.
"I'm ready to go. I think skipper and the training staff wanted to give me one more day, just to give it a little rest and not make it worse, because we still have a long way to go. My legs are a big part of my game, so I just got to stay on top of it, for sure. I'm still hot, I'm still active."
Venable takes BP, may return on Friday
SAN DIEGO -- Will Venable didn't think twice about a small cut he suffered on his right hand Sunday after stealing a base in the third inning of the Padres' 8-2 over the Rockies.
Venable slid right into the cleats of second baseman Jose Lopez, but he didn't think much about it because it wasn't bothering him.
"It was nothing ... I didn't even had reason to ice it," Venable said.
So imagine the surprise Venable had Monday morning when he awoke with a swollen and painful right hand.
Venable tried to work through it and took batting practice Monday in Arizona, although that only proved to be more painful. He ended up playing that night, replacing Cameron Maybin, who left the game with patella tendinitis in his right knee.
Venable said having a full day off Tuesday did wonders for his hand.
"I was able to calm it down, and today it feels a lot better," Venable said.
Venable, who hit .333 during the Padres' eight-game road trip, raising his average from .214 to .234, took batting practice on Wednesday. Since the Brewers are going with left-handed pitcher Chris Narveson on Thursday, Venable will likely start Friday.
Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. Keep track of @FollowThePadres on Twitter. Mark Thompson is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.