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Padres' Ian Kinsler: Cranks solo homer
Kinsler went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in the Padres' 1-0 victory over the Mariners on Wednesday.
Kinsler had been reeling at the dish to start the season, but he was able to smack his second long ball of the year in this contest, touching up Felix Hernandez with a solo shot in the second inning for what turned out to be the deciding run. He's still hitting just .155 through 71 at-bats, but hopefully this is what the veteran needed to break the slump and get on track.... See More ... See Less
Padres' Kirby Yates: Bags 12th save
Yates got the save against the Mariners on Wednesday, working around one hit to throw a scoreless ninth inning and close out San Diego's 1-0 victory. He didn't record a walk or a strikeout.
Yates continues to rack up saves at a torrid clip, as this was his 12th straight successfully converted opportunity to start the season. He allowed a bloop single to Daniel Vogelbach in this contest, but was able to get Domingo Santana to ground into a game-ending double play to protect the one-run lead. He's been the best closer in baseball at the outset of 2019; this latest easy effort gives him a 0.64 ERA and 0.86 WHIP to go along with a stellar 20:3 K:BB through 14 innings.... See More ... See Less
Padres' Chris Paddack: Dominant against Mariners
Paddack (1-1) got the win against the Mariners on Wednesday, throwing a seven-inning shutout while allowing just one hit, striking out nine and walking one as the Padres prevailed 1-0.
Paddack turned in a brilliant and efficient outing, needing just 83 pitches to make it through seven innings while allowing just two runners to reach base. The rookie has been a revelation so far this season, as he's now sporting a stellar 1.67 ERA, 0.67 WHIP and 30:8 K:BB through 27 innings. He'll look to keep it rolling in his next start, which will see him take the hill in a road matchup against the Braves on Tuesday.... See More ... See Less
Padres' MacKenzie Gore: Dominating High-A
Gore gave up one run on three hits over six innings for High-A Lake Elsinore on Tuesday, striking out nine with one walk, Bill Center of Padres.com reports.
Gore is dominating opponents through four starts for Lake Elsinore, as this outing gives him a 1.23 ERA, 0.88 WHIP and 27 strikeouts over 22 innings. The 2017 first-round pick is showing why he's one of the team's more highly rated prospects, and is making a strong case for a promotion to Double-A in the early going.... See More ... See Less
Padres' Nick Margevicius: Erratic control in start
Margevicius evened his record to 2-2 while holding the Mariners to two runs over five innings in Tuesday's 6-3 victory. He struck out four and gave up four hits and five walks in the outing.
Due largely to his ability to keep the ball in the yard, Margevicius has navigated the majors' elevated power environment well thus far. His ability to avoid the long ball proved particularly useful Wednesday with his control betraying him, which came as a surprise after he had issued only two free passes in his prior four starts. An xFIP that's nearly 70 points higher than his ERA (3.60) suggests that Margevicius' performance may be due for a step back, but a strong 23:7 K:BB in 25 innings provides some optimism that any downturn might not be too severe.... See More ... See Less
Padres' Jose Pirela: Headed to IL
Pirela was placed on the 10-day injured list Wednesday with an oblique strain, Kevin Acee of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
Pirela appeared in just two games with the Padres before suffering the injury. It's unclear how long the issue will keep him sidelined at this point; he'll be eligible to return May 1 should he prove ready. Ty France was recalled from Triple-A El Paso in a corresponding move.... See More ... See Less
Padres' Ty France: Gets call to majors
France was recalled from Triple-A El Paso on Wednesday, Kevin Acee of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
France has been on a tear to start the season with El Paso, slashing .423/.500/.885 with seven doubles, nine homers and 28 RBI in 19 games for the Chihuahuas. It's unclear how much the 24-year-old will play in his first taste of the majors, but he could carve out playing time at second base if he holds his own there defensively and Luis Urias and Ian Kinsler continue to struggle. Jose Pirela (oblique) was placed on the IL in a corresponding move.... See More ... See Less
Padres' Manuel Margot: Not in lineup
Margot is not starting Wednesday against Seattle.
Margot has an acceptable but unimpressive .712 OPS on the season, though his glove continues to keep him in the lineup on a regular basis. Wil Myers slides over to center field Wednesday, with Hunter Renfroe starting in left.... See More ... See Less
Padres' Austin Hedges: Heads to bench
Hedges is not in the lineup Wednesday against the Mariners.
Hedges remains the clear starter behind the plate in San Diego, getting the call 16 times compared to nine for Francisco Mejia. Mejia starts Wednesday but has yet to start in back-to-back contests this season, so expect Hedges back in action Friday against the Nationals.... See More ... See Less
Padres' Austin Hedges: Homers again
Hedges went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run in a 6-3 win over the Mariners on Tuesday.
It was the second straight game with a long ball and fourth homer of the season for the 26-year-old backstop. Hedges is hitting just .208 through 53 at-bats, but he's clearly outperforming Francisco Mejia, who is hitting .161 with no homers, so he should command the majority of the starts behind the dish, especially if he can build on this recent power surge.... See More ... See Less
Padres' Franmil Reyes: Homers twice
Reyes went 2-for-4 with two homers and three RBI in the Padres' 6-3 win over the Mariners on Tuesday.
Reyes cranked his fifth and sixth long balls of the season, touching up Erik Swanson for a two-run shot in the second inning before getting to him again with a solo shot in the sixth. He's hitting just .219 with an unimpressive .288 on-base percentage, but the six homers over 64 at-bats leave the 23-year-old with a robust .531 slugging percentage.... See More ... See Less
Padres' Adrian Morejon: Lands on MiLB injured list
Morejon was placed on the minor-league injured list Tuesday with back and left shoulder injuries.
Morejon was pulled from Monday's start at Double-A Amarillo after only four pitches. According to AJ Cassavell of MLB.com, the 20-year-old was removed after experiencing tightness in his back and shoulder, though it's unclear whether the injuries are related.... See More ... See Less
Padres' Pedro Avila: Out with elbow strain
Avila will be shut down from throwing for at least two weeks with a right elbow strain, AJ Cassavell of MLB.com reports.
Avila made his second appearance with Double-A Amarillo on Friday -- after a nearly two-week layoff -- and gave up six runs on eight hits over 4.2 innings. The 22-year-old seems likely to miss a good chunk of May as he'll need to rebuild his arm strength once cleared to resume throwing.... See More ... See Less
Padres' Anderson Espinoza: Undergoes second surgery
Espinoza (elbow) underwent the second Tommy John surgery of his career Monday, Jeff Sanders of The San Diego Union Tribune reports.
The 21-year-old previously required the procedure in 2017 and appeared to be closing in on a return to competitive action, but he experienced a significant setback while pitching in an extended spring training game. He'll be out for all of the 2019 season and is likely to miss a large portion of 2020 as well, considering the lengthy rehab process required for the injury. Given that he'll essentially have four lost seasons of action by the time he's presumably back to full health in 2021, Espinoza no longer warrants much attention in dynasty leagues.... See More ... See Less