--LF Ryan Ludwick hit a two-run single Friday to drive in the decisive runs in the Padres' 4-2 victory at Houston. At the time of the hit, Ludwick's average for the season had dropped to .098 and he was 0-for-14 with runners in scoring position. He was out early Friday afternoon for early batting practice with batting coach Randy Ready and believes he might have found something.
--2B Orlando Hudson singled Friday, extending his hitting streak to 11 straight games. It is tied for the second-longest streak of his career. And Hudson has reached base in 221 straight games dating back to last season. Said Hudson of the streaks: "I don't talk numbers."
--RHP Heath Bell picked up his third save of the season Friday night and extended his streak of successful save conversions to 37 dating back to last May 29. It is the third-longest streak in Padres history to runs of 41 straight saves (1997-98) and 38 straight (2005) saves by Trevor Hoffman.
--LF Chris Denorfia's fifth-inning homer Friday night was important to the Padres on several fronts. It was the Padres' first homer in 43 innings. And it marked only the second time in 13 games this season that the Padres scored the game's first run. Denorfia also doubled and scored two of the Padres four runs.
--RHP Dustin Moseley is only the third pitcher in the last 40 seasons to get no run support in three straight starts to open the season. The Padres have not scored a run in any of the 19 2/3 innings Moseley has pitched as a Padre. In fact, the Padres have been shut out in each of his three starts. In 2008, the Tigers were shut out in each of Kenny Rogers first three starts of the season. And it happened to California Angels' left-hander Rudy May back in 1972.
BY THE NUMBERS
2 -- Times in 13 games this season that the Padres have scored first, including Friday night on right fielder Chris Denorfia's homer leading off the fifth.
QUOTE TO NOTE
"When I hit it, I knew it was solid, but I did think 'Please don't catch it, please get over his head.'" -- Padres left fielder Ryan Ludwick, who was hitting .098 and was 0-for-14 with runners in scoring position when he lined a two-run single over the head of Astros shortstop Angel Sanchez Friday night. Batting coach Randy Ready and Ludwick worked on standing taller in the batter's box so that his eyes are level. Said Ludwick: "I saw the ball pretty good (Friday). I say it's standing straighter, but it's all eyesight and head position.
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