Bill Center, longtime sportswriter for U-T San Diego, is an employee of the Padres.Speaking of streaking ... Wednesday's win in Seattle completed a four-game sweep for the Padres against the Mariners.Neither team had ever swept the season series since the two teams started meeting with the start of Interleague Play.
Bill Center, longtime sportswriter for U-T San Diego, is an employee of the Padres.
Speaking of streaking ... Wednesday's win in Seattle completed a four-game sweep for the Padres against the Mariners.
Neither team had ever swept the season series since the two teams started meeting with the start of Interleague Play. Overall, the Padres are 51-55 against Seattle. And the Padres hadn't won a series at Safeco Field in Seattle since June 12-14, 2012.
Thursday also marked only the fourth time in Padres history that they swept a season series of four or more games. The Padres went 7-0 against the Cubs during the 2006 season. In 2010, the Padres went 6-0 against the Pirates. And in 2011, the Padres were 7-0 against the Marlins.
Of course, that's not the streak from Wednesday that Padres fans are talking about today.
That would be the nine straight strikeouts recorded by four Padres relief pitchers -- right-hander Trey Wingenter (three), right-hander Robert Stock (one), left-hander Jose Castillo (three) and right-hander Craig Stammen (two).
Each struck out every batter they faced. According to STATS, the Padres are the only team in the live-ball era to have four different pitchers strike out ever batter they faced in a game. The nine straight strikeouts is the longest streak by Padres relievers in a game -- the old mark was seven against Colorado on Aug. 11, 2014 -- and tied the Padres' record for consecutive strikeouts in a game.
Right-handed starter Jake Peavy owns the Padres' record by an individual with nine straight strikeouts on April, 25, 2007.
• Catcher Austin Hedges' two-run homer Wednesday marked the ninth time that Hedges hit safely in the last 10 games (11-for-38, .289). Hedges also has an extra-base hit in seven of those nine games -- three doubles, two triples and two homers for eight RBIs and five runs scored.
• Left fielder Hunter Renfroe also hit his team-leading 22nd homer on Wednesday. The two-run shot means Renfroe has hit safely in 25 of his last 25 games, going 30-for-99 (.303) with four doubles, 10 homers, 20 RBIs and 17 runs scored to raise his batting average from .242 to .258.
• Shortstop Freddy Galvis is 3-for-30 (.100) in his last eight games since Sept. 2, dropping his batting average from .240 to .232. He has one double for two RBIs during the drought with 13 strikeouts.
• The Padres went 5-3 on their just-completed eight-game road trip to Arizona, Cincinnati and Seattle. They were 4-2 in the six-game homestand before that and are 9-7 in September.