--RHP Heath Bell has picked up a save in three consecutive games, the first time this season he has had saved in back-to-back games. Over his three saves (two in Washington, one in Atlanta Monday), Bell retired all nine hitters he faced with five strikeouts.
--LF Ryan Ludwick is batting .369 (24-for-65) since May 11 with four home runs and 19 RBI. He has 22 RBI for May, his most for a month since having 28 for St. Louis in July of 2009.
--1B Brad Hawpe has hit .308 (32-for-104) with eight doubles, four home runs, 13 RBI and 14 runs scored since April 25. He has hit safely in 22 of his last 30 games and reached base in 27 of those games, with a .363 on-base percentage. He has raised his batting average from .098 to .239.
--RHP Aaron Harang has no decisions over his last three starts despite allowing only four runs (three earned) on 20 hits 21 innings, for a 1.29 ERA. He has issued five walks during the three starts while striking out 16. Harang has a 1.73 ERA in the eight starts this season when he has not given up a home run.
--Padres pitchers have a 2.70 ERA in day games while the offense is averaging 4.64 runs per game.
BY THE NUMBERS
3 -- Consecutive victories by the Padres, matching their season-long streak.
QUOTE TO NOTE
"It has a number of effects. One, you're pitching well. Plus, we're saving our bullpen. We tell our guys all the time, we want you pitching into the seventh and eighth innings." -- Manager Bud Black, on the benefits of the Padres' recent streak of five games in which starting pitchers have gone seven innings or longer.
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