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Renfroe's fast start since return raises hopes

Notes on Galvis, Jankowski, Lockett, Margot
San Diego Padres

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

Hunter Renfroe was 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored Friday and is 6-for-12 with two doubles, a RBI and two runs scored with two walks since returning from his rehab assignment with Triple-A El Paso.
     
Renfroe, who was on the disabled list from April 21 to May 28, was hitting only .220 on his rehab assignment when he was activated by the Padres Monday when fellow outfielder Franchy Cordero went on the disabled list with a forearm strain.
    
"We were waiting for Hunter to get hot at El Paso before we activated him," said Padres manager Andy Green when he activated Renfroe. "We are hoping he gets hot with us instead."
     
It appears Green might be a psychic. Renfroe is riding a four-game hitting streak since his return.
     
"The way he played Thursday, I wanted to get him back out there and keep him going," said Green of his decision to start Renfroe against a right-hander Friday night.
     
"Hunter has a ton of talent and does some things incredibly well. There's no limit to what he can do on a baseball field. I think he's realizing what it's going to take to be in the lineup on a consistent basis."
     
"That was a great day Thursday. We want to see him build on it. He's made some adjustments offensively against right-handed pitching to try to give himself a better chance. Obviously, we don't want to see him change anything against left-handed pitchers . . . he's been so successful for so long. For us, there were enough encouraging signs yesterday to run him right back out there."
     
NOTEBOOK:
     
--SS Freddy Galvis was 1-for-3 with a walk and a two-run triple Friday night. Galvis has seven extra-base hits in his last nine games and 11 extra-bases hits (eight doubles, two triples and a homer) in his last 18 games after having only three extra-base hits (two doubles and a homer) in his first 41 games. Galvis has reached base in eight of his last nine games with a .343 on-base percentage and a .581 slugging percentage for a .924 OPS.
     
--RHP Walker Lockett had a rough Major League debut Friday night, giving up four runs on four hits and five walks with two strikeouts in 3 2/3 innings to suffer the loss. David West reports he also tied a Padres record for most walks in a Major League debut. The record was established by Steve Arlin on June 17, 1969.
     
--Travis Jankowski opened Friday night's game with a single. It marked the eighth time this season that Jankowski opened a game with a hit. Overall, the Padres have opened a game with a hit only 10 times in 59 games. Although he has slumped recently, Jankowski is still batting .310 (27-for-87) in the lead-off slot.
     
--CF Manuel Margot was 1-for-3 off the bench Friday night and is 7-for-23 (.304) in his last eight games.

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

Hunter Renfroe was 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored Friday and is 6-for-12 with two doubles, a RBI and two runs scored with two walks since returning from his rehab assignment with Triple-A El Paso.
     
Renfroe, who was on the disabled list from April 21 to May 28, was hitting only .220 on his rehab assignment when he was activated by the Padres Monday when fellow outfielder Franchy Cordero went on the disabled list with a forearm strain.
    
"We were waiting for Hunter to get hot at El Paso before we activated him," said Padres manager Andy Green when he activated Renfroe. "We are hoping he gets hot with us instead."
     
It appears Green might be a psychic. Renfroe is riding a four-game hitting streak since his return.
     
"The way he played Thursday, I wanted to get him back out there and keep him going," said Green of his decision to start Renfroe against a right-hander Friday night.
     
"Hunter has a ton of talent and does some things incredibly well. There's no limit to what he can do on a baseball field. I think he's realizing what it's going to take to be in the lineup on a consistent basis."
     
"That was a great day Thursday. We want to see him build on it. He's made some adjustments offensively against right-handed pitching to try to give himself a better chance. Obviously, we don't want to see him change anything against left-handed pitchers . . . he's been so successful for so long. For us, there were enough encouraging signs yesterday to run him right back out there."
     
NOTEBOOK:
     
--SS Freddy Galvis was 1-for-3 with a walk and a two-run triple Friday night. Galvis has seven extra-base hits in his last nine games and 11 extra-bases hits (eight doubles, two triples and a homer) in his last 18 games after having only three extra-base hits (two doubles and a homer) in his first 41 games. Galvis has reached base in eight of his last nine games with a .343 on-base percentage and a .581 slugging percentage for a .924 OPS.
     
--RHP Walker Lockett had a rough Major League debut Friday night, giving up four runs on four hits and five walks with two strikeouts in 3 2/3 innings to suffer the loss. David West reports he also tied a Padres record for most walks in a Major League debut. The record was established by Steve Arlin on June 17, 1969.
     
--Travis Jankowski opened Friday night's game with a single. It marked the eighth time this season that Jankowski opened a game with a hit. Overall, the Padres have opened a game with a hit only 10 times in 59 games. Although he has slumped recently, Jankowski is still batting .310 (27-for-87) in the lead-off slot.
     
--CF Manuel Margot was 1-for-3 off the bench Friday night and is 7-for-23 (.304) in his last eight games.

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