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Promotions, moves bolster Padres' bullpen

Notes on Giants-Padres series, Garcia, Mejia, Hosmer, Tatis Jr.
July 26, 2019

Bill Center, longtime sportswriter for U-T San Diego, is an employee of the Padres. The additions of prospects Andres Muñoz, Adrian Morejon and Michel Baez, the transfer of Matt Strahm from the rotation to the bullpen and the use of Cal Quantrill and Logan Allen as relievers/spot starters appears to

Bill Center, longtime sportswriter for U-T San Diego, is an employee of the Padres.

The additions of prospects Andres Muñoz, Adrian Morejon and Michel Baez, the transfer of Matt Strahm from the rotation to the bullpen and the use of Cal Quantrill and Logan Allen as relievers/spot starters appears to have addressed some of the bullpen problems the Padres had experienced over the past six weeks.

Padres relievers Luis Perdomo, Morejon, Allen and Baez worked 5 2/3 scoreless innings Thursday afternoon against the Mets in New York. The relievers allowed just two runs in 13 2/3 innings against the Mets.

Over the past eight games, Padres relievers have given up three earned runs in 33 innings for a 0.82 ERA.

Muñoz, 20, has allowed no runs on one hit and two walks with six strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings over four appearances since his promotion. He has also regularly hit triple digits with his fastball.

Morejon, 20, has allowed one run on four hits with three strikeouts over 3 1/3 innings in two appearances (one start).

Fellow Cuban Baez has allowed two hits and a walk with two strikeouts in a pair of one-inning appearances since his arrival.

Strahm has given up one run on four hits with nine strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings in four relief appearances since being moved to the bullpen just before the All-Star break.

Notes

• The Padres host the Giants for the second time this month with Friday night’s opener to a three-game series. The Giants swept a three-game series from the Padres July 1-3 at Petco Park. The Giants have been on a 16-4 run since winning the opener of that series. The Padres have gone 6-13.

• Infielder Greg Garcia made his first Major League appearance in left field at the end of Thursday’s game in New York. While assignments in the outfield might be few and far between, the possibility that Garcia can play in the outfield adds to both the player’s versatility and gives the Padres a potential, part-time left-handed-hitting corner outfielder. Garcia has played second, short and third.

• Catcher Francisco Mejía is 8-for-17 with a double, a home run, three RBIs and to runs scored during a six-game hitting streak that has seen his season batting average climb from .200 to .236.

• First baseman Eric Hosmer had his nine-game hitting streak snapped with a 0-for-4 Thursday in New York. Fernando Tatis Jr. saw a six-game streak end the same day with a 0-for-4

• Third baseman Manny Machado was 5-for-8 over his last two games in New York.

• Thursday marked the third time this season that the Padres were shut out.