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Villanueva, Hosmer share the spotlight

Notes on May, Hand, Renfroe, Galvis
San Diego Padres

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

The Padres top two run producers - Christian Villanueva and Eric Hosmer - closed May on notable runs.
     
Villanueva's two-run, first-inning homer off left-hander Wei-Yin Chen set several marks.
     
It was his 15th homer of the season, easily eclipsing the Padres record for most homers by a rookie before June 1. The only mark of 10 was set by Hunter Renfroe last year. And it is the highest total by any National League rookie before June 1 since Albert Pujols hit 16 home runs before June 1st in 2001 with the St. Louis Cardinals.
     
Villanueva has the second-most homers in the National League behind Washington's Bryce Harper (18) and leads all rookies in home runs (15) and RBI (35).
     
And his 11 homers against left-handed pitchers are the most in the Major Leagues.
     
Since his franchise-record 0-for-37 streak ended on May 14, Villanueva has gone 14-for-50 (.280) with three doubles, six homers, 15 RBIs and eight runs scored for a .700 slugging percentage.
     
Hosmer was 3-for-4 with his second, three-RBI game of the season Thursday night.
     
The first baseman was 9-for-15 in the four-game series against the Marlins with a double and four RBIs, raising his batting average from .257 to .282.
     
Hosmer has reached base in 18 of his last 19 games, going 23-for-73 (.315) with six doubles, a home run, 12 RBIs, 10 runs scored and eight walks for a .383 on-base percentage, a .438 slugging percentage and a .821 OPS.
     
NOTEBOOK:
     
--After taking three of four from Miami, the Padres were 15-13 in May after a 10-20 start to the season.
     
--The Padres are 4-1 in the five games started by right-hander Jordan Lyles this season. As a starter, Lyles has given up 12 runs on 26 hits and nine walks with 31 strikeouts in 29 2/3 innings for a 3.64 ERA and a 1.18 WHIP. Lyles threw a season-high 106 pitches Thursday night while holding Miami to two runs on six hits and a walk with seven strikeouts in seven innings in his first start against the Marlins since Aug. 23, 2014.
     
--Left-handed closer Brad Hand was 11-for-11 in May save opportunities and now has 17 saves on the season and 39 in his career with the Padres - tying him for ninth on the franchise's all-time list with Craig Kimbrel. In 13 appearances in May, Hand allowed one run on six hits and seven walks with 24 strikeouts in 14 2/3 innings for a 0.63 ERA and a 0.91 WHIP.
     
--OF Hunter Renfroe is 4-for-8 with a double, two walks and three RBIs since coming off his rehab assignment with Triple-A El Paso, where he was hitting .220. Renfroe is hitting .324 (12-for-37) at Petco Park this season.
     
--SS Freddy Galvis played in his 700th Major League game Thursday night. He has started all 58 games this season, the most games started in the Major Leagues.

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

The Padres top two run producers - Christian Villanueva and Eric Hosmer - closed May on notable runs.
     
Villanueva's two-run, first-inning homer off left-hander Wei-Yin Chen set several marks.
     
It was his 15th homer of the season, easily eclipsing the Padres record for most homers by a rookie before June 1. The only mark of 10 was set by Hunter Renfroe last year. And it is the highest total by any National League rookie before June 1 since Albert Pujols hit 16 home runs before June 1st in 2001 with the St. Louis Cardinals.
     
Villanueva has the second-most homers in the National League behind Washington's Bryce Harper (18) and leads all rookies in home runs (15) and RBI (35).
     
And his 11 homers against left-handed pitchers are the most in the Major Leagues.
     
Since his franchise-record 0-for-37 streak ended on May 14, Villanueva has gone 14-for-50 (.280) with three doubles, six homers, 15 RBIs and eight runs scored for a .700 slugging percentage.
     
Hosmer was 3-for-4 with his second, three-RBI game of the season Thursday night.
     
The first baseman was 9-for-15 in the four-game series against the Marlins with a double and four RBIs, raising his batting average from .257 to .282.
     
Hosmer has reached base in 18 of his last 19 games, going 23-for-73 (.315) with six doubles, a home run, 12 RBIs, 10 runs scored and eight walks for a .383 on-base percentage, a .438 slugging percentage and a .821 OPS.
     
NOTEBOOK:
     
--After taking three of four from Miami, the Padres were 15-13 in May after a 10-20 start to the season.
     
--The Padres are 4-1 in the five games started by right-hander Jordan Lyles this season. As a starter, Lyles has given up 12 runs on 26 hits and nine walks with 31 strikeouts in 29 2/3 innings for a 3.64 ERA and a 1.18 WHIP. Lyles threw a season-high 106 pitches Thursday night while holding Miami to two runs on six hits and a walk with seven strikeouts in seven innings in his first start against the Marlins since Aug. 23, 2014.
     
--Left-handed closer Brad Hand was 11-for-11 in May save opportunities and now has 17 saves on the season and 39 in his career with the Padres - tying him for ninth on the franchise's all-time list with Craig Kimbrel. In 13 appearances in May, Hand allowed one run on six hits and seven walks with 24 strikeouts in 14 2/3 innings for a 0.63 ERA and a 0.91 WHIP.
     
--OF Hunter Renfroe is 4-for-8 with a double, two walks and three RBIs since coming off his rehab assignment with Triple-A El Paso, where he was hitting .220. Renfroe is hitting .324 (12-for-37) at Petco Park this season.
     
--SS Freddy Galvis played in his 700th Major League game Thursday night. He has started all 58 games this season, the most games started in the Major Leagues.

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