Lowly Padres play like eager Beavers
SAN DIEGO (AP)—The Portland Padres? The San Diego Beavers?
Looking decidedly like the Triple-A Portland Beavers, the San Diego Padres came up with a nifty big league result Tuesday night, beating the Florida Marlins 10-1 to snap a nine-game home losing streak.
Rookie Chase Headley, playing in his 20th big league game this season, had his best performance yet with three hits and four RBIs, including a three-run double. Scott Hairston had a two-run homer among his three hits and Randy Wolf snapped a four-game losing streak, combining with two relievers on a six-hitter.
Before the game, the Padres brought up three more players from Portland, giving them five in the starting lineup who played for the Beavers at some point this season. Overall, 11 players on the 25-man roster have played at Portland in 2008.
“It was nice to see guys I played with at the beginning of the year,” said Headley, who was called up June 17 and made his season debut against the New York Yankees. “Most of these guys have been here before, but they know how to play. I didn’t expect them to come up here and not contribute. I think they’re here to play and help out, and that’s what they did tonight. That was nice to see.”
One of the newcomers, Brian Myrow, hit his first big league home run while pinch-hitting for Wolf leading off the seventh. Myrow’s shot reached the seats in right on a full-count pitch from Logan Kensing.
Including Myrow, the six Beavers-turned-Padres who played Tuesday night combined to go 8-for-19 with seven RBIs and four runs scored.
“They did a great job. All of them, Headley on down. It was nice to see,” manager Bud Black said.
“It was a big lift for us. Guys were contributing right away,” Hairston said. “Obviously we didn’t know what to expect today. We were looking around— new faces everywhere. But that’s baseball. That happens. We welcomed those who just arrived, and the way they swung the bats today, that’s great. Hopefully we can keep it going.”
The Padres entered the night last in the NL West, 9 1/2 games behind Arizona and 20 games under .500.
Wolf (6-8) won for the first time since June 11 against the Los Angeles Dodgers. His four-game losing streak was his longest in six seasons. Wolf held the Marlins to one run and five hits in seven innings, struck out seven and walked one. He’s allowed two or fewer earned runs in nine of his 10 home starts.
Marlins lefty Andrew Miller (5-8) lost for the fifth time in six decisions. He allowed four runs and six hits in five innings.
The Padres loaded the bases against Miller with one out in the first. Headley, who played eight games with the Padres last season, cleared them with his double to the fence in left-center.
Obviously that was a big part of the game, a big momentum shift back to our side and we just sort of carried on from there,” Black said. “That was a big blow.”
The Padres loaded the bases again, and rookie catcher Nick Hundley hit a sacrifice fly for his first big league RBI and a 4-1 lead.
“It was frustrating,” Miller said.
“That first inning was the exact opposite of what I wanted to do,” he added. “For whatever reason, I was overthrowing everything. Everything got real fast on me. I wasn’t able to throw anything for a strike. I didn’t have my breaking ball so I had to throw my fastball. They were able to sit on it.”
The Padres added five runs in the sixth against two relievers. Hairston drove a 2-2 pitch from Doug Waechter deep into the stands in left field. Hundley and Wolf were on board for Hairston’s 13th.
Headley added an RBI single and Luis Rodriguez, recently called up from Portland, hit a sac fly.
Jeremy Hermedia homered to right-center for the Marlins with one out in the first, his ninth.
San Diego’s home losing streak was its longest since dropping nine in a row from Aug. 11-30, 1980. … Rodriguez started at SS in place of slumping Khalil Greene. … Headley committed his fourth error in LF in 20 games. … Padres RF Brian Giles sat out again with a sore right hamstring. … The Marlins lead the majors with 128 homers. … Former Padres right-hander Andy Ashby was at the game with three of his daughters. He said his fourth daughter, Taryn, was back home in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., playing on a 9-10-year-old Little League all-star team. The Ashbys kept a home in the San Diego area after his playing days ended. … Ashby will be one of several members of the Padres’ 1998 NL championship team who will be honored before Saturday night’s game against Atlanta. The Padres beat the Braves in the NL championship series before being swept by the New York Yankees in the World Series.