SAN FRANCISCO -- No one doubts Luis Perdomo's status as a pitcher who rakes. But, offensively, he does more than just hit. Perdomo has wheels, too, and he's showing them off quite frequently this season.With his fourth-inning triple in the Padres' 5-4, 12-inning loss to the Giants on Saturday afternoon,
SAN FRANCISCO -- No one doubts Luis Perdomo's status as a pitcher who rakes. But, offensively, he does more than just hit. Perdomo has wheels, too, and he's showing them off quite frequently this season.
With his fourth-inning triple in the Padres' 5-4, 12-inning loss to the Giants on Saturday afternoon, Perdomo became the seventh pitcher in history with three triples in a single season. In the process, he's already tied Tim Lollar for the Padres' all-time triples record by a pitcher.
"I know I run well," Perdomo said afterward. "Every time, I'm thinking, if the ball's hit out there to the outfield, I'm thinking three."
Perdomo, who also tripled against Milwaukee and Cincinnati this season, is the first pitcher with three triples since Dontrelle Willis did so a decade ago. No hurler has ever recorded four, and Perdomo has about a dozen starts left this season to make history.
Of the five triples to be hit by a pitcher this season, Perdomo has three of them.
"He's a crazy athlete," said Padres manager Andy Green. "He can fly. I'd venture to say there's probably not a pitcher in the game that runs much better than he does."
On the mound, Perdomo was much sharper Saturday than he was in Colorado on Monday, his shortest start in more than a year. He allowed four runs, one earned, over six innings. In the process, he recorded 10 ground-ball outs -- a sure sign his sinker is working.
After grounding out in his first at-bat, Perdomo stepped into the box in the fourth with the Padres on top by one. He smacked a Matt Moore offering past the outstretched glove of Hunter Pence and into the right-center field gap.
"It's something I'm always trying to work on," Perdomo said of his offensive skill set. "It's something I focus on. I pay attention to it, because if I'm able to get on base, those other guys are getting a chance to hit, and it allows for more runs to score."
On the strength of Perdomo's triple, the Padres jumped in front, 4-1. But they'd cough up the lead in the bottom half of the frame.
Perdomo wasn't completely at fault, as shortstop Allen Cordoba's error set the stage for a Giants rally. But Perdomo allowed three hits and a walk in the immediate aftermath, and three unearned runs would score, tying the game. It stayed tied until the 12th, when Nick Hundley blasted a walk-off single off the left-field fence.
"I'd love to see [Perdomo] get to the point where he picks up a teammate when he makes an error," said Green. "Cordoba misses that ground ball, puts a guy on base, and it's a series of singles in a row before he settles back down. Then he goes out and throws the ball well the rest of the game. That's a big thing in his development. When something goes wrong, trying to right the ship."
AJ Cassavell covers the Padres for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ajcassavell.