Bill Center, longtime sportswriter for U-T San Diego, is an employee of the Padres.Hunter Renfroe's decisive pinch-hit grand slam in Sunday's 6-3 win over the Reds at Petco Park came hours after manager Andy Green discussed the difficulties and logistics of finding enough playing time for his two right-handed-hitting outfielders
Bill Center, longtime sportswriter for U-T San Diego, is an employee of the Padres.
Hunter Renfroe's decisive pinch-hit grand slam in Sunday's 6-3 win over the Reds at Petco Park came hours after manager Andy Green discussed the difficulties and logistics of finding enough playing time for his two right-handed-hitting outfielders -- Renfroe and Franmil Reyes.
Green calls it a "good problem."
"We went six straight days with Franmil at one point and he homered in three of those before he had a rougher day and got a day off after that," said Green. "Hunter needs to get back out there the way he's swung the bat. It's a good problem to have."
Since returning from his rehab assignment with Triple-A El Paso, Renfroe is 7-for-14 with two doubles, a homer, seven RBIs, three runs scored and two walks.
But the rookie Reyes was 2-for-4 Sunday and is 10-for-34 with four homers, six RBIs, seven runs scored and three walks since May 21.
And Green's good problem only figures to get "gooder."
Franchy Cordero (right forearm strain) figures to return soon from the disabled list to give Green a second left-handed platoon option, pairing Cordero with Travis Jankowski. And William Myers, who opened the season in right field, should return sometime in early July from an extended time on the disabled list with a left oblique strain. And remember, the Padres also have the versatile Matthew Szczur as a reserve outfielder.
If finding time for four starting outfielders is a "good problem to have," wait until there are six or seven to choose from.
News and notes
• First baseman Eric Hosmer was 3-for-4 Sunday. It was his third three-hit game in his past six contests and his fifth multihit game over that span. Hosmer has hit safely in six of his past seven games, going 14-for-27 (.519) with a double, five RBIs and four runs scored -- raising his batting average from .257 to .289.
• The Padres are 9-3 in Tyson Ross' 12 starts this season. Over his past five outings, Ross has allowed nine earned runs on 26 hits and 10 walks with 25 strikeouts in 29 innings for a 2.79 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP.
• With lefty Brad Hand pitching the eighth on Sunday to face tough Reds left-handed-hitters Joey Votto and Scooter Gennett, right-hander Kirby Yates became the first member of the Padres other than Hand to earn a save this season.
• Jankowski is known for his bunt hits, but shortstop Freddy Galvis leads the Padres this season with three bunt singles. Galvis has reached base in 10 of his past 11 games, with 10 hits and four walks for a .326 on-base percentage.