Bill Center, longtime sportswriter for U-T San Diego, is an employee of the Padres.
Rookie right-hander Cal Quantrill has been the Padres most effective pitcher over the last six weeks.
Quantrill, the Padres first-round pick (eighth overall) in the 2016 draft, is 4-1 over his last five appearances (four starts) and 5-1 in 11 appearances (six starts) dating back to June 23.
The 24-year-old, who is now a fixture in the Padres rotation, threw a career-high 108 pitches Wednesday afternoon, holding the Tampa Bay Rays to two runs on three hits and a walk with four strikeouts over 5 1/3 innings. For good measure, he added the first hit and RBI of his Major League career.
Beginning with a two-inning, scoreless relief outing on June 23, Quantrill has given up 11 runs (nine earned) on 31 hits and 11 walks with 34 walks in 43 1/3 innings for a 1.87 earned run average and a 0.969 WHIP.
Quantrill has now made four straight starts dating back to July 27 and has won three straight home starts at Petco Park.
When 2B Luis Urias returned from Triple-A El Paso on July 20, Padres manager Andy Green said he would be playing regularly. As did the regular season, the return of the 22-year-old Urias (who is the Padres’ second-ranked prospect) got off to a slow start. He had one hit in 24 at-bats to drop his season batting average to .068. Since then, however, Urias has gone 14-for-38 (.368) with three doubles, six walks, 3 hit-by-pitches, 10 RBIs and 10 runs scored for a slash line of .368/.489/.436/.925. He had three RBIs in each of his last two games against Tampa Bay. The surge has raised his batting average 118 points to .186.
OF Wil Myers has reached base in nine straight games, including a seven-game hitting streak. Myers is 8-for-31 (.258) during the streak with two doubles, a home run, six RBIs and three walks. It is his longest on-base streak since a 12-game on-base streak since the final month of 2017.
1B Eric Hosmer was 7-for-12 with a homer, two doubles, three RBIs and three runs scored in the three-game series against Tampa Bay – raising his batting average to .287 for the season. He now has 81 RBIs on the season – the most by a Padre since Myers drove in 94 in 2015.
The Padres have been seeking a "longer" batting order. Wednesday -- Top 4 hitters in lineup: 3-for-18, two walks, two runs, a RBI. Hitters 5-8: 6-for-12, a double, a homer, three walks, a hit-by-pitcher, five runs scored and four RBIs.