Stammen and Co. extend scoreless streaks

Padres tie strikeout record; Villanueva extends streak

April 18th, 2018
San Diego Padres relief pitcher Craig Stammen throws to first base to get Arizona Diamondbacks' A.J. Pollock during the seventh inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Orlando Ramirez)Orlando Ramirez/AP

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pitched another scoreless inning Tuesday night against the Dodgers and has now worked 11 1/3 scoreless innings this season without allowing a run.
But he's not the only Padres reliever who is on a scoreless-innings streak.
has yet to allow a run over 6 1/3 innings covering six appearances since being recalled from Triple-A El Paso on April 4.
Brad Hand has made six straight scoreless appearances covering six innings while lowering his ERA to 1.80.
And has worked five straight scoreless innings after logging two Tuesday night. Lyles has been unscored upon in seven of his eight appearances with a 1.46 ERA.
Stammen's scoreless-innings streak is the longest among relievers in 2018 and is the longest by a Padre to open a season since Tim Stauffer went 15 1/3 straight scoreless innings to open the '10 season.
Stammen has retired 33 of the 36 batters he has faced.
• The Padres tied a franchise record Tuesday night with their 20 strikeouts in an extra-inning game. The mark was originally set on June 19, 2001, in a 15-inning game against the San Francisco Giants. Dodgers pitchers struck out the side three times Tuesday night (the first, fourth and eighth innings) and struck out and in consecutive at-bats with the bases-loaded and one out in the 10th. Renfroe and each struck out four times and the top five hitters in the order struck out 15 times in 25 at-bats.
• Villanueva did get a hit in four at-bats to extend his hitting streak to a fifth straight game. Villanueva is 9-for-16 during the streak with two doubles, three homers, seven RBIs and four runs scored.
was 0-for-3 with a strikeout in his first rehab game with Advanced Single-A Lake Elsinore Tuesday night. He was the Storm's designated hitter.