Barmes admitted even he was a little stunned that he wasn't asked to get a bunt down -- though he certainly didn't question it.
"Honestly, I was walking to the plate expecting to get a bunt sign. When I didn't get it, I pulled a ball, looking for a heater, toward their dugout," he said.
"Fortunately, I was able to get something off-speed [change-up] that was elevated and was able to get extended. That's all I was trying to do at that point.
"But I was ready to get a bunt down."
Barmes raised his average to .284 and also made several nice plays in the field. He'll likely get most of the starts moving forward in the second half at shortstop, as the team has essentially moved Alexi Amarista to more of a utility role.
This suits Barmes, in his 13th Major League season, just fine.
"This is a big reason why I wanted to come over here instead of going back to Pittsburgh," said Barmes, who signed a one-year free agent deal with the Padres last winter.
"It was the opportunity to get more at-bats and more playing time. I couldn't be happier with where I'm at, at this point. I'm excited for the second half."