The Padres are off today.But they are already in Milwaukee for Friday's opener of a three-game series with the Brewers at Miller Park. After that, it's off to Chicago for three games with the Cubs before returning to Petco Park for the longest homestand of the season (nine games over
The Padres are off today.
But they are already in Milwaukee for Friday's opener of a three-game series with the Brewers at Miller Park. After that, it's off to Chicago for three games with the Cubs before returning to Petco Park for the longest homestand of the season (nine games over 10 days).
The point is, they are in Milwaukee the day before the series begins.
This is because of one change Padres manager Andy Green has made from past regimes.
Historically, when the Padres had a day off after a homestand, they flew on the day off. Under Green, when the Padres have a day off after a homestand, they fly immediately after the last game of the homestand.
The reason for the change is that Green wants his team in the next city as soon as possible to give his players a little extra time to adjust to the climate and the time change.
This marks the third time this season that the Padres have spent an off day on the road after ending a homestand.
"It costs the team a bit more money," Green said. "But there are benefits. I like the idea of having a chance to adjust to any time change or climate change."
So, how did the Padres spend their day off in Milwaukee? Golf.
--RHP Jhoulys Chacin improved to 6-5 while lowering his earned run average to 5.10 Wednesday, allowing two runs on five hits and a walk with four strikeouts in seven innings. Chacin is now 4-1 with a 1.72 ERA in seven starts at Petco Park this season while going 2-4 with a 10.27 ERA in seven road starts. Chacin is scheduled to start next Tuesday against the Cubs at Wrigley Field.
--Over the past four series, the Padres are 19-9 against the Reds after the three-game sweep they concluded Wednesday. Cincinnati has not won a season series against the Padres since 2012.
--RF Hunter Renfroe hit his 14th home run Wednesday. The home run followed a run of 18 straight hitless at-bats. Renfroe's 14 homers ties the Padres' rookie record for home runs before the All-Star break. The record was set by Nate Colbert during the Padres inaugural National League season of 1969.
--LF Jose Pirela was 0-for-3 Wednesday -- although he drew a walk and scored a run -- to end a career-best, seven-game hitting streak. Pirela was 14-for-27 during the streak. His average dropped from .484 to .441 Wednesday.
--3B Cory Spangenberg saw his five-game hitting streak (10-for-18) come to a screeching halt Wednesday. He struck out four straight times.
*Bill Center *, longtime sportswriter for U-T San Diego, is an employee of the Padres.