5 Padres relievers combine to 4-hit Braves in 3-1 win

SAN DIEGO (AP) Johnny Wholestaff did a tremendous job for the San Diego Padres against the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday.

Wholestaff, of course, is a reference to when a team needs to tap its bullpen to get through all 27 outs. Matt Strahm and four fellow relievers came through by holding the Braves to four hits in a 3-1 victory.

''They were outstanding. All of them were great,'' said manager Andy Green, who turned to a bullpen game for the second time in 11 games because rookie left-hander Joey Lucchesi remains on the disabled list. The other time was a 6-1 loss at the Los Angeles Dodgers on May 27, also started by Strahm.

''As an offense we've done a good job of taking notice that that's the strength of our team, especially late in games there,'' Eric Hosmer said. ''If we can just continue to add on to leads and play for one run late there, it'll be good for us.''

Strahm went 2 1/3 innings, allowing one run and two hits while striking out two and walking one. He gave up Freddie Freeman's home run with two outs in the first, his 11th.

Rookie lefty Jose Castillo (1-0) allowed one hit and struck out two in 1 2/3 innings. Adam Cimber struck out the side in the fifth. Kirby Yates walked two in two hitless innings.

Closer Brad Hand came on for the eighth and allowed a leadoff double to Ozzie Albies before striking out Dansby Swanson, Freeman and Nick Markakis. Hand then retired the side in the ninth for his 18th save.

The Padres acquired Strahm from Kansas City last year while the lefty was still recovering from surgery on his torn left patellar tendon. Green said there's value to opening a game with Strahm because the manager sees him as a potential starter.

''It's not just punting to a bullpen day when you have him. He was great all the way through,'' Green said.

''Obviously, it was a good day for the bullpen,'' Strahm said. ''Whenever Andy wants us to do it, we're more than willing to. ... Andy told me to go out there and be aggressive until he came and got me, and that was when he came and got me.''

The Padres took two of three from the Braves, who dropped percentage points behind Washington atop the NL East standings.

The Padres went 7-3 on a homestand against Miami and Cincinnati - the NL's other last-place teams - and the Braves.

''They're a great ball team right now and they've been playing great baseball and so have we, and it shows us where we stand,'' Strahm said.

Facing a team going the bullpen day route is ''definitely not normal,'' Freeman said. ''You get into a rhythm and you know you're going to face someone at least two, three times. It kind of worked for them today, but as hitters it's tough to get into a groove.

''Yates' split-finger can neutralize lefties. Obviously, Brad Hand can neutralize anybody. They had some good arms come in today and shut us down,'' Freeman said.

''You get someone different on almost every at-bat. You can only do that once in a blue moon,'' Braves manager Brian Snitker said. ''They've got some good arms out there and they've got some good arms coming from their minor leagues. That starter had a really good arm. It was tough.

''We just couldn't do enough offensively. Foltsy did a good job of keeping the game there for us and giving us a chance.''

The Padres got all the runs they needed in the second against Mike Foltynewicz (5-4). Hunter Renfroe hit a leadoff single and scored on Cory Spangenberg's triple to the gap in right-center. Manuel Margot's one-out single to right brought in Spangenberg, an infielder who pitched the ninth in Tuesday night's 14-1 loss. The Padres loaded the bases with two outs before Eric Hosmer struck out.

Freddy Galvis squeezed in a run in the eighth.

Foltynewicz allowed two runs and five hits in five innings, struck out eight and walked three.

''I kind of stayed aggressive in the second inning; just left one bad slider over the plate, kind of gave a little spark for them and they put the ball in play when they needed to and did their job,'' he said.

Foltynewicz understood how challenging it was for the Braves' hitters.

''They're not seeing guys two or three times through the order. You can't get a groove in a game like that when they're bringing in a bunch of good arms like that. Tip of the hat to them,'' Foltynewicz said.

UP NEXT

Braves: RHP Brandon McCarthy (5-2, 4.83) is scheduled to start the opener of a three-game series at the Dodgers on Friday night.

Padres: LHP Eric Lauer (2-3, 6.82) is scheduled to start the opener of a three-game series at Miami on Friday night. Lauer lost to the Marlins 7-2 on May 28 before beating the Reds 8-2 on Saturday.

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  • W: J. Castillo (1-0)L: M. Foltynewicz (5-4)S: B. Hand (18)
  • HR: ATL - F. Freeman (11)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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O. Albies 2B40100021.261.308.504.8121.0
D. Swanson SS40000032.268.328.447.775-1.5
F. Freeman 1B41111011.338.432.561.9935.5
N. Markakis RF30000111.328.392.498.8900.5
T. Flowers C30000001.265.412.426.8381.0
C. Culberson LF40100020.262.311.429.7400.0
J. Camargo 3B30000112.208.349.392.7410.5
P. Bourjos CF30100011.182.229.242.4710.5
M. Foltynewicz P10000010.091.091.136.227-0.5
J. Biddle P0000-0001.0001.0002.000.000-
a- P. Tucker PH10000011.259.302.426.728-0.5
A. Minter P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
D. Winkler P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-struck out for Biddle in the 7th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
T. Jankowski LF30100120.310.381.389.7701.0
E. Hosmer 1B40000044.285.371.465.836-2.0
J. Pirela 2B41200000.275.328.357.6853.0
H. Renfroe RF41100013.253.337.493.8311.5
C. Spangenberg 3B41210022.196.225.402.6275.0
F. Galvis SS20010101.235.299.332.6312.0
R. Lopez C30000102.183.268.310.5781.0
M. Margot CF20110101.212.280.315.5952.0
M. Strahm P10000012.000.000.000.000-0.5
J. Castillo P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- M. Szczur PH10000001.203.261.297.5580.0
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K. Yates P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- C. Villanueva PH10000010.235.297.531.828-0.5
B. Hand P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-fouled out for Castillo in the 4th
  • b-struck out for Yates in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - O. Albies (19)
  • HR - F. Freeman (11)
  • SH - M. Foltynewicz (2)
  • RBI - F. Freeman (43)
  • 2-Out RBI - F. Freeman (11)
BATTING
  • 3B - C. Spangenberg (2)
  • SH - F. Galvis
  • RBI - C. Spangenberg (12), F. Galvis (19), M. Margot (16)
BASERUNNING
  • CS - M. Margot (3)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Foltynewicz (L, 5-4)5.05223802.311.194.0
J. Biddle1.00001002.571.242.0
A. Minter1.00000303.421.614.5
D. Winkler1.02110001.070.710.0
PITCHERSIP
M. Foltynewicz (L, 5-4)5.0
J. Biddle1.0
A. Minter1.0
D. Winkler1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Strahm2.12110213.071.304.0
J. Castillo (W, 1-0)1.21000200.000.3810.0
A. Cimber1.00000302.841.074.5
K. Yates (H, 9)2.00002201.171.045.0
B. Hand (S, 18)2.01000402.011.0514.0
PITCHERSIP
M. Strahm2.1
J. Castillo (W, 1-0)1.2
A. Cimber1.0
K. Yates (H, 9)2.0
B. Hand (S, 18)2.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Foltynewicz 100-65, J. Biddle 12-7, A. Minter 12-10, D. Winkler 19-12
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Foltynewicz 3-4, D. Winkler 2-1
  • Batters Faced - M. Foltynewicz 23, J. Biddle 3, A. Minter 3, D. Winkler 5
PITCHING
  • HBP - J. Castillo
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Strahm 30-21, J. Castillo 25-17, A. Cimber 12-9, K. Yates 37-20, B. Hand 28-20
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Strahm 2-3, J. Castillo 2-1, K. Yates 1-3, B. Hand 1-1
  • Batters Faced - M. Strahm 9, J. Castillo 7, A. Cimber 3, K. Yates 8, B. Hand 7
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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O. Albies 2B40100021.261.308.504.8121.0
D. Swanson SS40000032.268.328.447.775-1.5
F. Freeman 1B41111011.338.432.561.9935.5
N. Markakis RF30000111.328.392.498.8900.5
T. Flowers C30000001.265.412.426.8381.0
C. Culberson LF40100020.262.311.429.7400.0
J. Camargo 3B30000112.208.349.392.7410.5
P. Bourjos CF30100011.182.229.242.4710.5
M. Foltynewicz P10000010.091.091.136.227-0.5
J. Biddle P0000-0001.0001.0002.000.000-
a- P. Tucker PH10000011.259.302.426.728-0.5
A. Minter P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
D. Winkler P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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  • a-struck out for Biddle in the 7th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
T. Jankowski LF30100120.310.381.389.7701.0
E. Hosmer 1B40000044.285.371.465.836-2.0
J. Pirela 2B41200000.275.328.357.6853.0
H. Renfroe RF41100013.253.337.493.8311.5
C. Spangenberg 3B41210022.196.225.402.6275.0
F. Galvis SS20010101.235.299.332.6312.0
R. Lopez C30000102.183.268.310.5781.0
M. Margot CF20110101.212.280.315.5952.0
M. Strahm P10000012.000.000.000.000-0.5
J. Castillo P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- M. Szczur PH10000001.203.261.297.5580.0
A. Cimber P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
K. Yates P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- C. Villanueva PH10000010.235.297.531.828-0.5
B. Hand P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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  • a-fouled out for Castillo in the 4th
  • b-struck out for Yates in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - O. Albies (19)
  • HR - F. Freeman (11)
  • SH - M. Foltynewicz (2)
  • RBI - F. Freeman (43)
  • 2-Out RBI - F. Freeman (11)
BATTING
  • 3B - C. Spangenberg (2)
  • SH - F. Galvis
  • RBI - C. Spangenberg (12), F. Galvis (19), M. Margot (16)
BASERUNNING
  • CS - M. Margot (3)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Foltynewicz (L, 5-4)5.05223802.311.194.0
J. Biddle1.00001002.571.242.0
A. Minter1.00000303.421.614.5
D. Winkler1.02110001.070.710.0
Total8.07334110---
PITCHERSIP
M. Foltynewicz (L, 5-4)5.0
J. Biddle1.0
A. Minter1.0
D. Winkler1.0
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Strahm2.12110213.071.304.0
J. Castillo (W, 1-0)1.21000200.000.3810.0
A. Cimber1.00000302.841.074.5
K. Yates (H, 9)2.00002201.171.045.0
B. Hand (S, 18)2.01000402.011.0514.0
Total9.04112131---
PITCHERSIP
M. Strahm2.1
J. Castillo (W, 1-0)1.2
A. Cimber1.0
K. Yates (H, 9)2.0
B. Hand (S, 18)2.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Foltynewicz 100-65, J. Biddle 12-7, A. Minter 12-10, D. Winkler 19-12
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Foltynewicz 3-4, D. Winkler 2-1
  • Batters Faced - M. Foltynewicz 23, J. Biddle 3, A. Minter 3, D. Winkler 5
PITCHING
  • HBP - J. Castillo
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Strahm 30-21, J. Castillo 25-17, A. Cimber 12-9, K. Yates 37-20, B. Hand 28-20
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Strahm 2-3, J. Castillo 2-1, K. Yates 1-3, B. Hand 1-1
  • Batters Faced - M. Strahm 9, J. Castillo 7, A. Cimber 3, K. Yates 8, B. Hand 7
  • 8TH INNING
    Galvis hit sacrifice bunt to pitcher, Pirela scored, Spangenberg to second13
  • 2ND INNING
    Margot singled to right, Spangenberg scored, Lopez to second12
    Spangenberg tripled to deep right center, Renfroe scored11
  • 1ST INNING
    Freeman homered to right10
  • 9TH INNING
    • B. Hand Pitching:
    • T. Flowers: Ball, Flowers grounded out to second
    • C. Culberson: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Culberson struck out looking
    • J. Camargo: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Camargo flied out to shallow right
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Brad Hand pitching
    • O. Albies: Strike looking, Albies doubled to deep left
    • D. Swanson: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Swanson struck out looking
    • F. Freeman: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Freeman struck out swinging
    • N. Markakis: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Markakis struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Dan Winkler relieved A.J. Minter
    • J. Pirela: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Pirela singled to left center
    • H. Renfroe: Strike (foul tip), Strike looking, Renfroe grounded out to shortstop, Pirela to second
    • C. Spangenberg: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Spangenberg singled to right, Pirela to third
    • F. Galvis: Pickoff attempt to first, Pickoff attempt to first, Foul, Pickoff attempt to first, Ball, Galvis hit sacrifice bunt to pitcher, Pirela scored, Spangenberg to second
    • R. Lopez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Lopez flied out to left
    • End of the 8th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • K. Yates Pitching:
    • C. Culberson: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Culberson popped out to shortstop
    • J. Camargo: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Camargo walked
    • P. Bourjos: Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Bourjos lined out to shortstop
    • Preston Tucker hit for Jesse Biddle
    • P. Tucker: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Tucker struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • A.J. Minter pitching
    • Christian Villanueva hit for Kirby Yates
    • C. Villanueva: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Villanueva struck out looking
    • T. Jankowski: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Jankowski struck out swinging
    • E. Hosmer: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Hosmer struck out swinging
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • Kirby Yates relieved Adam Cimber
    • D. Swanson: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Swanson struck out swinging
    • F. Freeman: Freeman grounded out to second
    • N. Markakis: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Markakis walked
    • T. Flowers: Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Flowers flied out to deep center
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Jesse Biddle relieved Mike Foltynewicz
    • F. Galvis: Galvis lined out to center
    • R. Lopez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Lopez lined out to center
    • M. Margot: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Margot walked
    • K. Yates: Ball, Margot caught stealing, catcher to shortstop
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • Adam Cimber pitching
    • P. Bourjos: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Bourjos struck out looking
    • M. Foltynewicz: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foltynewicz struck out swinging
    • O. Albies: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Albies struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Foltynewicz Pitching:
    • T. Jankowski: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Jankowski walked
    • E. Hosmer: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Hosmer struck out swinging
    • J. Pirela: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Pirela singled to left, Jankowski to second
    • H. Renfroe: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Renfroe struck out swinging
    • C. Spangenberg: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Spangenberg struck out swinging
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • J. Castillo Pitching:
    • F. Freeman: Strike looking, Freeman grounded out to second
    • N. Markakis: Strike swinging, Ball, Markakis grounded out to second
    • T. Flowers: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Flowers hit by pitch
    • C. Culberson: Ball, Ball, Culberson singled to center, Flowers to second
    • J. Camargo: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Camargo struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • M. Foltynewicz Pitching:
    • F. Galvis: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Galvis walked
    • R. Lopez: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Lopez flied out to deep left
    • M. Margot: Strike (foul tip), Margot lined out to left
    • Matt Szczur hit for Jose Castillo
    • M. Szczur: Strike looking, Szczur fouled out to first
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • M. Strahm Pitching:
    • P. Bourjos: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Bourjos singled to right
    • M. Foltynewicz: Ball, Foul, Foltynewicz hit sacrifice bunt to pitcher, Bourjos to second
    • Jose Castillo relieved Matt Strahm
    • O. Albies: Strike swinging, Albies lined out to shortstop
    • D. Swanson: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Swanson struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • M. Foltynewicz Pitching:
    • J. Pirela: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Pirela flied out to right
    • H. Renfroe: Strike looking, Foul, Renfroe grounded out to shortstop
    • C. Spangenberg: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Spangenberg struck out swinging
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • M. Strahm Pitching:
    • T. Flowers: Strike looking, Ball, Flowers grounded out to shortstop
    • C. Culberson: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Culberson struck out swinging
    • J. Camargo: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Camargo popped out to first
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Foltynewicz Pitching:
    • H. Renfroe: Ball, Strike swinging, Renfroe singled to left center
    • C. Spangenberg: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Spangenberg tripled to deep right center, Renfroe scored
    • F. Galvis: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Galvis grounded out to first
    • R. Lopez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Lopez walked
    • M. Margot: Strike (foul tip), Foul, Margot singled to right, Spangenberg scored, Lopez to second
    • M. Strahm: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strahm struck out swinging
    • T. Jankowski: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Jankowski reached on an infield single to second, Lopez to third, Margot to second
    • E. Hosmer: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Hosmer struck out swinging
    • End of the 2nd (2 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • M. Strahm Pitching:
    • O. Albies: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Albies struck out swinging
    • D. Swanson: Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Swanson lined out to center
    • F. Freeman: Freeman homered to right
    • N. Markakis: Ball, Ball, Markakis flied out to deep center
    • Middle of the 1st (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • M. Foltynewicz Pitching:
    • T. Jankowski: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Jankowski struck out swinging
    • E. Hosmer: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Hosmer struck out swinging
    • J. Pirela: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Pirela grounded out to pitcher
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)