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MLB Team Report - San Diego Padres - INSIDE PITCH
All the Padres had to do was stay hot for one more week.
The National League West lead was there for the taking and, as June reached the midpoint, the Padres were one of the hottest teams in the National League.
On June 16, the team that started 5-15 pushed to the plus side of .500, 35-34, for the first time since the end of the 2010 season. Five days later, the Padres nudged into second place in the National League West.
Interest soared in San Diego as the Padres pushed their home winning streak at Petco Park on June 21 with a 5-2 victory over the Dodgers.
Then the Padres hit a wall.
Through Tuesday night's 4-1 loss at Boston, the Padres have lost 10 of 15 games -- the loss in Boston being the club's fourth straight. And all the things that had worked for the Padres during their climb went south.
The Padres have made 42 errors all season. But 11 came during a nine-game (2-7) run that resulted in 11 unearned runs. The Padres blew four leads and lost three games on the other team's final at-bat. Late-game relievers Dale Thayer, Luke Gregerson and Huston Street all suffered big-inning, melt-down losses.
During the four-game losing streak, the Padres have scored four runs. During the 15-game plunge, the Padres averaged 2.8 runs per game and scored two or fewer runs in eight of the 10 losses.
MLB Team Report - San Diego Padres - NOTES, QUOTES
STREAK: Lost four
PAST 10 GAMES: 2-8
NEXT: Padres (Edinson Volquez, 6-6, 5.50) at Red Sox (Jon Lester, 8-4, 4.61)
--LHP Robbie Erlin suffered his first major league loss in his third start Tuesday night. He last just 3 2/3 innings and left after giving up a three-run double to Brandon Snyder that made it 3-0. Erlin threw 93 pitches in his rather brief stay. Erlin was facing some tough odds. Rookie pitchers are 1-8 with an 8.19 ERA against the Red Sox this season and none have made it through six innings.
--SS Pedro Ciriaco, traded by the Red Sox to San Diego on June 14, was at shortstop and batting ninth in his return to Fenway Park on Tuesday night. He received a warm welcome from the Fenway crowd and went 1-for-3 with two stolen bases in the loss. It was Ciriaco's first career multi-steal game.
--DH Carlos Quentin came into Tuesday night's game 8-for-13 with four homers and seven RBIs lifetime against Boston's John Lackey; only Manny Ramirez and Alex Rodriguez have more homers (five) against Lackey. Quentin was 0-for-4 against Lackey on Tuesday night, though. Despite the 0-for-4, he is 35-for-102 (.343) with five homers in his last 30 games, raising his batting average from .178 to .266.
--RHP Edinson Volquez makes his second career start against the Red Sox on Wednesday night. He has gone 2-1 with a 3.04 ERA in four starts since allowing a career-high nine runs June 7 at Colorado and is coming off a win over the Marlins.
--1B Jesus Guzman had a double and a home run in the loss. It was the first time he had more than one extra-base hit and was his sixth multi-hit game of the season. All four of his home runs have come on the road, and he became the fourth Padre to hit a home run at Fenway Park.
--SS Everth Cabrera went 0-for-3 with a strikeout Tuesday night in his first rehab game with low Class A Fort Wayne. If his hamstring feels good in his second rehab start Wednesday, Cabrera is expected to be activated in Boston on Thursday.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "John pitched well. He was hitting spots with the fastball. Fastball at the top of the zone was outstanding, the good hard slider, good breaking ball. We couldn't solve him." -- Manager Bud Black, on John Lackey's eight-inning start for the Red Sox on Tuesday.
MLB Team Report - San Diego Padres - ROSTER REPORT
--SS Everth Cabrera (sore left hamstring) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to June 17. He fielded grounders, took batting practice and performed some running drills June 26. He was sent on a rehab assignment at Class A on July 2. He will play again July 3, and if his hamstring checks out OK he is expected to rejoin the Sox on July 4.
--2B Jedd Gyorko (strained right groin) went on the 15-day disabled list June 10. He was re-injured during his first a rehab game for Double-A San Antonio on June 26, and his rehab was shut down. The timetable for his return was unknown.
--LHP Clayton Richard (strained left shoulder) went on the 15-day disabled list June 22.
--OF Cameron Maybin (PCL tear in left knee) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to June 10. He is expected to be out until at least late July. It is unknown whether Maybin will undergo surgery.
--1B Yonder Alonso (broken right hand) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to June 1. He might begin a rehab assignment the first week of July, and he could be activated July 8.
--RHP Joe Wieland (Tommy John surgery in July 2012) went on the 60-day disabled list retroactive to March 22. He threw 100 pitches at 75-80 percent on April 26. He threw live batting practice for the first time June 2. He's unlikely to return before August.
--LHP Cory Luebke (Tommy John surgery in May 2012) went on the 60-day disabled list March 20. After taking three weeks off due to soreness in his elbow, he resumed throwing around Opening Day. He threw from 150 feet in late April, but he backed off his throwing program again in early May after feeling soreness in the elbow. He's not expected to return until after the All-Star break.
--RHP Casey Kelly (torn right ulnar collateral ligament) went on the 60-day disabled list March 30. He had season-ending Tommy John surgery April 2.
RHP Edinson Volquez
RHP Jason Marquis
LHP Eric Stults
RHP Andrew Cashner
LHP Robbie Erlin
RHP Luke Gregerson (closer)
RHP Huston Street
LHP Joe Thatcher
RHP Dale Thayer
RHP Tyson Ross
RHP Tim Stauffer
RHP Nick Vincent
RHP Burch Smith
1B Kyle Blanks
2B Logan Forsythe
SS Pedro Ciriaco
3B Chase Headley
INF/OF Alexi Amarista
INF/OF Mark Kotsay
LF Carlos Quentin
CF Will Venable
RF Chris Denorfia
OF/1B Jesus Guzman