06/09/12 1:55 AM ET
Venable makes strides in return from injury
By Jeremy Warnemuende / MLB.com
Thayer ready to transition out of closer's role
MILWAUKEE -- After filling in for right-hander Huston Street while he was on the disabled list, Dale Thayer has fond memories of his five appearances as a closer."It was fun," he said. "I wasn't expecting to be put in that position, but it's pretty much the same. When I was out there for an inning, it was just about going out there and getting three outs." In those five opportunities, Thayer was perfect, collecting five saves. Pitching one inning in each appearance, he allowed six hits and registered six strikeouts. Thayer said he liked how batters were more aggressive when trailing in the ninth inning, making it easier to get guys to chase, hence the six strikeouts. Thayer isn't needed as a closer anymore and hasn't been as sharp since his last save on May 19. But he said that's not because he needs to make any adjustments when switching roles. "No, not at all," Thayer said. "I'm not worried if it's a save situation or not, it's just about doing my job and getting outs."
Cabrera hustles for inside-the-park homer
MILWAUKEE -- With the Padres down 1-0 to the Brewers in the top of the third, shortstop Everth Cabrera hit a line drive that snuck under Carlos Gomez's glove in center field and went all the way to the wall, leading to an inside-the-park home run.It was the first inside-the-park homer of the season for the Padres, and the first since Chris Denorfia hit one against the Dodgers on Aug. 5, 2010. San Diego now has 20 such homers in the history of the franchise. Cabrera's home run was the first hit of the night for the Padres, as Brewers starter Shaun Marcum retired the first seven batters he faced. It was part of a 2-for-3 performance for Cabrera, which also included a walk with the bases loaded to put the Padres up 2-1 in the third inning and a double. "I'm seeing some good swings," Padres manager Bud Black said. "He hit the ball on the nose three times tonight. He had a good at-bat with the bases loaded walk."
Padres outfielder Mark Kotsay made his first trip back to Milwaukee as an opposing player Friday since last season's one-year stint with the Brewers. Kotsay, who beat Milwaukee with a walk-off homer in the second game of the team's first series this season, said playing with the NLDS champion Brewers last year was "pretty special.""Milwaukee and the fans, the organization, they'll always have a special place in my career," he said. Friday's starter for the Padres, Edinson Volquez, shut the Brewers out through seven innings on May 1. San Diego pitching has held Milwaukee scoreless in the last 18 innings played between the two clubs entering Friday. San Diego pitcher Micah Owings, who is on the 60-day disabled list with a right forearm strain, started at first base for the Triple-A Tucson Padres on Friday night. Owings pitched in six games with San Diego this season before getting hurt. The right-hander is a career .283 hitter in 219 Major League plate appearances.
Jeremy Warnemuende is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.