Padres Game Day Chat 9.7.10
LAST TIME OUT: The Padres snapped their 10-game losing streak, winning 4-2 in the series opener against Los Angeles last night…scheduled starter Mat Latos was scratched due to stomach flu last night and was replaced by Tim Stauffer…Stauffer allowed one run over 4.0 frames without factoring in the decision…the win was awarded to Mike Adams, who tossed 1.2 shutout innings…Adams stranded an inherited runner in the seventh before pitching a perfect eighth…Heath Bell recorded his 38th save of the season.
BACK ON TRACK: The Padres win last night snapped a 10-game losing streak after the club had previously not lost more than three in a row all season…the last time the Padres lost at least 10 in a row was when they dropped a franchise-record 13 straight from 5/8-21/94…the Padres hit .216 (72-for-333) with 23 runs scored (2.3 R/G) while the pitching staff posted a 5.00 ERA (50 ER/90.0 IP) with San Diego being outscored 55-23 during the losing streak.
LIGHTS OUT: Mat Latos takes the hill tonight, looking for his 14th win of the season…he ranks among leading National League hurlers in wins (T8th, 13), ERA (1st, 2.25), opponent average (1st, .193), strikeouts (12th, 160) and strikeout/walk ratio (5th, 3.72)…Latos is in the midst of a 14-start stretch during which he has allowed fewer than three runs and worked at least 5.0 innings in each outing, which is tied for the longest such streak in Major League history (ELIAS)…over that span, dating back to 6/10, he is 8-1 with a 1.51 ERA (15 ER/89.1 IP).
EN FUEGO: Adrian Gonzalez went 2-for-3 last night and has now hit safely in 25 of his last 29 games dating back to 8/6…the slugger is batting .372 (42-for-113) with eight doubles, six home runs, 20 RBI and 18 runs scored, posting a .445 on-base percentage and a .602 slugging percentage over that stretch (1.047 OPS).