Bill Center, longtime sportswriter for U-T San Diego, is an employee of the Padres.
The Padres are playing some of their best baseball of the season, outscoring opponents 33-11 during a four-game winning streak.
During the run, the Padres have achieved a number of team and personal milestones. A sampling:
• The Padres have hit 16 homers during the streak ( Franmil Reyes 4, Manny Machado 3, Fernando Tatis Jr. 3, Eric Hosmer 2, Hunter Renfroe 1, Manuel Margot 1, Greg Garcia 1 and Francisco Mejía 1). It marks the first time in franchise history that the Padres have 16 homers over a four-game span. The old record was 13.
• Saturday marked the first time in Petco Park history that two Padres (Machado and Reyes) hit two homers in the same game. Two Padres with two homers in the same home game has happened only twice in franchise history (Gary Sheffield and Fred McGriff on Aug. 6, 1992, at San Diego Jack Murphy Stadium).
• However, it was the second time this season that two Padres had hit two homers in the same game (Wil Myers and Renfroe on May 25 at Toronto).
• Five homers Saturday night tied the club record for home runs in a game at Petco Park.
• Friday night’s 3-1 win over the St. Louis Cardinals at Petco Park gave the Padres a 41-40 record -- their first winning record at the midpoint of a season since 2010.
• Tatis, 20, on Friday became the first player in Padres history to hit 10 home runs before his 21st birthday. And he joined Nomar Garciaparra (1997) as only one of two shortstops in Major League history to reach double figures in both homers (10) and stolen bases (12) in the first half of the season.
• Tatis II: Although he missed the first five games of the month while still on the injured list, Tatis has scored 25 runs in June, the highest total ever by a Padres rookie in a single month. Roberto Alomar held the old record with 23 in September 1988.
• Right-handed closer Kirby Yates pitched his first four-out save of the season against the Cardinals on Friday to set the Padres record for the most saves in the first half of the season. Friday’s save was Yates’ 27th (in 28 opportunities). That is one more save than Heath Bell had in the first half of the 2011 season. Hall of Famer Trevor Hoffman twice posted 25 saves for the Padres before the All-Star break.
• Reyes' two homers Saturday night represented his fifth multihomer game of the season and the sixth of his career. It also gave Reyes 40 homers before his 24th birthday, breaking the old mark of 38 established by Dave Winfield.
• Machado and Reyes capped the Padres’ seven-run second inning (which equaled the Padres’ highest-scoring inning of the season) with San Diego’s fifth set of back-to-back homers this season.
• Hosmer’s 4-for-5 Saturday marked his first four-hit game as a Padre. It was also Hosmer’s third straight multiple-hit game (9-for-14 with a double, two homers, eight RBIs). Hosmer leads the Padres with 23 multihit games. Hosmer has 23 RBIs over his past 16 games and a team-leading total of 59 on the season. Hosmer has hit safely in six straight games -- and 16 of his last 19 games, going 27-for-79 (.342) with four doubles, a triple, three homers and eight walks for a .402 on-base percentage and a .557 slugging percentage for a .959 OPS.
• Tatis was 3-for-5 Saturday and fell a triple shy of the cycle. He is 9-for-19 in a five-game hitting streak with a double, three homers, five walks, three stolen bases, eight RBIs and 10 runs scored. He is batting .382 (29-for-76) with four doubles, three triples, five homers, five stolen bases, 11 walks, 15 RBIs and the 25 runs scored in 19 games since his return from the injured list for a .460 on-base percentage and a .842 slugging percentage for a 1.502 OPS.
• Machado’s season-high, 13-game hitting streak ended Friday. He batted .456 (26-for-57) during the streak with seven home runs, 18 runs scored, and 16 RBIs. But he was back at work Saturday with his third, two-homer game as a Padre. His five RBIs were also his high as a Padre.
• Margot is 10-for-30 (.333) since June 15 with four doubles and a home run with 10 runs scored and five RBIs.