Bill Center, longtime sportswriter for U-T San Diego, is an employee of the Padres.
Eric Hosmer is hot again.
The first baseman was 3-for-5 Saturday night in Philadelphia.
Entering Sunday, he was 12-for-25 during an active six-game hitting streak with three doubles, a homer, four RBIs, five runs scored and a walk for a slash line of .480/.500/.720/1.220.
The three-hit game was his second in a four-game span and his 13th on the season -- the fourth-highest total in the Major Leagues. It was also his team-leading 35th multihit game of the season. Hosmer also leads all Major League first basemen with 94 singles.
Hosmer leads San Diego with 82 RBIs -- or 13 more than he had all of last season. He also leads the Padres with a .382 batting average with runners in scoring position, including a .420 RISP mark with two outs.
• Right-hander Dinelson Lamet is 2-0 with a 2.50 ERA and a 1.056 WHIP in his last three starts, allowing five earned runs on 11 hits and eight walks with 25 strikeouts in 18 innings. Over those starts, Lamet has lowered his ERA from 5.09 to 3.95. In his eight starts this season, Lamet has averaged 12.07 strikeouts per nine innings (55 strikeouts in 41 innings).
• Closer Kirby Yates picked up only his fourth save (with two blown saves) since the All-Star break on Saturday night. The save against the Phillies was also his 34th on the season and his Major League-leading 17th save on the road. Since the All-Star break, Yates has given up three runs (one earned) on nine hits with 18 strikeouts in 10 innings for a 0.90 ERA and a 0.90 WHIP.
• Outfielder Josh Naylor is hitting .308 (12-for-39) with four doubles, three home runs, nine RBIs, seven runs scored and six walks since returning from Triple-A El Paso on Aug. 1 -- for a .400 on-base percentage and a .641 slugging percentage for a 1.041 OPS.
• Catcher Francisco Mejía was on a 17-for-30 run with two doubles, a triple, two home runs, four RBIs and nine runs scored over his previous eight starts before going 0-for-5 Saturday. During the splurge, Mejia hit .567 with a .594 on-base percentage and a .900 slugging percentage for a 1.494 OPS.