Rookie pitchers string together 3 superb starts

Notes on Renfroe, Galvis, Stock, Reyes

August 31st, 2018

Bill Center, longtime sportswriter for U-T San Diego, is an employee of the Padres.

It is a minute sample size, but it is still worth a look.

Over the past three games, a trio of rookie Padres starting pitchers have allowed three runs (two earned) on four hits and four walks, with 11 strikeouts in 20 innings.

Over the three starts, right-hander and left-handers Joey Lucchesi and posted a 0.90 earned run average and a 0.90 WHIP. Opponents hit .189 against the trio, with a .241 on-base percentage and a .311 slugging percentage for a .552 OPS.

Nix got it going Tuesday night when he held the Mariners scoreless for 8 1/3 innings before hit a solo homer. Nix finished allowing only the one run on eight hits in 8 1/3 innings, without issuing a walk or striking out a hitter. Nix, 22, lowered his earned run average to 4.05, while evening his record at 2-2 after four career starts.

On Wednesday, Lucchesi, 25, allowed one run on six hits and two walks, with nine strikeouts over 6 1/3 innings. He now has a 7-7 record, with a 3.59 ERA in 21 starts.

Lauer, 23, came off the disabled list Thursday night to hold the playoff-contending Rockies -- who have feasted on left-handed pitching this season -- hitless over five innings. Lauer gave up an unearned run on two hits and two walks, lowering his ERA to 5.01.

Notebook

• Outfielder has four sacrifice flies in his last 21 games after having only two in the first 193 games of his Major League career. Renfroe was also 2-for-5 Thursday night to extend his hitting streak to a seven straight games, going 11-for-30 with a double, three home runs and eight RBIs in that span. Renfroe is hitting .304 in August, with nine home runs, five doubles and 26 RBIs, with a .324 on-base percentage and a .618 slugging percentage for a .942 OPS. Since July 31, Renfroe has raised his batting average from .231 to .252.

• With his second-inning sacrifice fly Thursday night, became the Padres leader in runs batted in for the season with 57. is second with 56 and Renfroe is third with 53.

• Right fielder was 2-for-2 Thursday night, including the first walk-off homer of his career. Reyes is 6-for-13 during a five-game hitting streak, with three solo home runs. He has hit safely in eight of his last nine games, going 10-for-22 to raise his batting average from .222 to .253.

• Right-hander earned his first Major League win Thursday night by working three scoreless innings in the Padres' 3-2, 13-inning win. Stock also hit triple digits with a fastball in his final inning of work. Over 14 2/3 innings in his last nine appearances, Stock has allowed one earned run (three runs total) on eight hits and eight walks, with 13 strikeouts.

• Thursday night marked the fifth time this season that the Padres won a third straight game. They have yet to win four straight.

• Thursday also marked the second straight home series that the Padres won the opening game. They are now 4-19 in series openers at home. But they have won three of their past five series openers at home.