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Not re-signing Kotsay comes back to bite Brewers

The Sports Xchange

--Not re-signing Mark Kotsay last winter wound up hurting the Brewers against the Padres. Kotsay had the decisive hit in both Padres victories. Kotsay has a .353 career average against Milwaukee (49-for-139) and has hit safely in 19 of his last 21 games against the Brewers (.471, 33-for-70).

--1B Yonder Alonso has hit safely in six of his last seven games, going 9-for-25 with four doubles during the run. But Alonso has yet to be the run producer the Padres expected. He has only four RBI after 81 at-bats and is hitting only .167 (3-for-18) with runners in scoring position.

--INF Logan Forsythe, who has been out since having surgery March 9 to remove the fractured sesamoid bone from the ball of his left foot, is starting to play in extended spring training and could be less than a week away from joining Triple-A Tucson. Given the state of the Padres middle infield, a healthy Forsythe could put pressure on 2B Orlando Hudson.

--Padres hitters are batting only .197 with runners in scoring position this season (36-for-183). Some notably low RISP marks among the Padres: CF Cameron Maybin (.095, 2-for-21), 1B Yonder Alonso (.167), SS Jason Bartlett (.200, 3-for-15) and Andy Parrino (.100, 1-for-10). The Padres are hitting only .238 (5-for-21) in bases-loaded situations.

--RHP Andrew Cashner is 2-0 and has allowed only one run on six hits over his last eight one-inning appearances.

11 -- Ground ball outs among the 15 recorded by Jeff Suppan on Wednesday.

"Jeff knows his game. He knows what he needs to do to get guys out. That was fundamental pitching today. And those things have an effect on younger players. Younger pitchers are idiots if they don't watch and learn from that. You don't need to throw the ball 95 (mph). Jeff knows what he needs to do and what works." -- Padres manager Bud Black talking about Jeff Suppan's return to the major leagues with five shutout innings Wednesday.

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