Solarte went 2-for-4 with a double, a walk and three RBI against the Mets on Wednesday. He's put together a pair of two-hit games in a row since sitting out Sunday; that may not seem like much, but Solarte's last two-hit game before this came way back on April 29. It's been a scuffle for the fourth-year vet, but his impressive 16:19 BB:K and deflated BABIP suggest that better results could be in his future.
Solarte is out of the lineup Sunday against the Diamondbacks, Steve Gilbert of MLB.com reports. Solarte has recorded only five hits in 45 at-bats (.111 average) while starting 12 of the past 13 games, so manager Andy Green will give the infielder the day off with the hope of rejuvenating his bat. With Solarte checking out of the lineup, Cory Spangenberg will start at the keystone, opening up left field for Allen Cordoba.
Solarte went 1-for-4 with an RBI double in the Padres' 3-1 loss to the Brewers on Wednesday. The Padres were stymied by Milwaukee's pitching all evening, but Solarte managed to crack the code one time with a first-pitch double off Matt Garza to tie the game in the sixth inning. Despite the nice rip Wednesday, Solarte is slumping at the plate right now, batting just .133 over his past 14 games.
Solarte is not in the lineup Monday against the Brewers. Solarte will head to the bench for the first time all season as Cory Spangenberg draws the start at second base in his stead. The 29-year-old is slashing .237/.316/.338 through 39 games this season.
Solarte went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in Tuesday's win over the Rockies. Solarte snapped a 21-game homerless streak Tuesday, taking Tyler Chatwood deep in the sixth. The veteran second baseman has been hitting well early on, batting .282 through 28 games. The power is the only part of his game that hasn't come along yet (only eight of 29 hits have gone for extra bases), but Tuesday's long ball could get him back on track in that department. After hitting 15 home runs in 443 plate appearances last season, there is a realistic chance that the 29-year-old could reach the 20-homer mark over the course of a full season.
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