Solarte went 3-for-4 with a double and his 10th homer of the season Thursday against the Cardinals. It's hard not to be surprised and impressed by what Solarte's been able to do this year, as he's turned in remarkable stats when healthy. He's hit safely in 21 of his last 24 games, with seven multi-hit efforts in that span. The Padres' offense is limited in capability, but the Solarte-Wil Myers-Matt Kemp trio is doing what it can.
Solarte went 1-for-4 with a first-inning two-run homer in Saturday's 4-3 loss to the Dodgers. The dynamic third baseman continues to impress, with the homer bringing his July total in that category to four over just 36 at-bats. Solarte now has half of his season total of round-trippers during the current month, and has already surpassed his June RBI total in only nine contests. His monthly line is now at .389/.450/.861 following Saturday's effort, and he carries a seven-game hitting streak into the final game before the All-Star break.
Solarte went 3-for-5 with a double and two runs in Friday's 13-4 victory over the Reds. The 28-year-old tallied his fifth multi-hit effort of June, contributing to a 15-hit barrage by the Padres. Solarte has actually seen his average drop due to an atrocious 1-for-28 slump in the middle of the month, but has managed to hit safely in five of the six contests since then.
Solarte (thumb) is back in the lineup Sunday against the Nationals. Solarte was held out of Saturday's game due to soreness resulting from a bruised thumb, but it sounds as if the discomfort hasn't lingered into the afternoon contest Sunday. He'll bat cleanup in the order and draw the start at third base.
Solarte's absence from Saturday's lineup was related to his ongoing bruised-thumb soreness, the Associated Press reports. He was healthy enough to pinch hit in the eighth inning. Solarte's two-run single in the eighth - an opposite-field blooper that found the turf - was a key hit as the Padres rallied for a 7-3 victory. He remains day-to-day for the moment.
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