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MLB Team Report - San Diego Padres - INSIDE PITCH
Mark Kotsay has a lot of career to remember.
The 37-year-old has been in the major leagues since the end of 1997. In fact, only eight players have been around longer than Kotsay.
But as he scanned over his career Tuesday night, Kotsay could never remember going through a streak like he had been going through the past month with the Padres.
Twenty-five straight at-bats without a hit. Thirteen of those at-bats came as a pinch-hitter.
From June 20 through July 21, Kotsay reached base a total of two times. He didn't score a run for a month. He didn't drive in a run for a month. He didn't have a hit for a month as the reserve outfielder and left-handed pinch-hitter watched his average plummet from .240 to .182.
"The strange thing was I struck out only three times during the last month," said Kotsay. "Usually, when you put the ball in play with that regularity, something drops. Nothing dropped. It makes you start to think."
Tuesday night in a 6-2 win over the Brewers in Milwaukee, Kotsay had a chance to stop thinking. He went 3-for-4, his first three-hit game of the season. He scored and drove in his first runs since he hit a two-run, pinch-hit homer at Colorado on June 9.
"Tonight was fun," said Kotsay. "It hasn't been a lot of fun recently. A game like this gives you more confidence."
"Tonight gives Kotsay re-assurance that he's still a major league hitter," said Black. "It was a big day for Kotsay."
MLB Team Report - San Diego Padres - NOTES, QUOTES
STREAK: Won two
PAST 10 GAMES: 4-6
NEXT: Padres (Sean O'Sullivan, 0-1, 6.42) vs. Brewers (Kyle Lohse, 6-7, 3.49)
--RHP Jason Marquis will have Tommy John elbow reconstruction surgery. Tests conducted Monday by Dr. Timothy Kremchek in Cincinnati verified the initial observation that Marquis suffered a complete tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow while pitching against the Cardinals last Friday.
--RHP Tyson Ross earned his first victory since May 14, 2012 after holding the Brewers to a run on two hits in six innings Tuesday in the Padres' 6-2 victory at Miller Park. Ross had gone 0-12 with a 4.82 ERA since his last victory. This was Ross' fourth start of the season but just his first since April 17. He's allowed just one run in each of his last two starts. As a starter, Ross is 1-1 with a 3.15 ERA and 18 strikeouts this season.
--RF Will Venable went 3-for-5 with a home run, an RBI and two runs Tuesday in the Padres' 6-2 victory over the Brewers in Milwaukee. Venable is hitting .344 (21-for-61) over his last 18 games with two home runs, eight RBIs and eight runs. Of his 12 home runs this season, 10 have come against right-handed pitchers.
--RHP Sean O'Sullivan will make his second start of the season Wednesday when the Padres continue a four-game series against the Brewers at Miller Park. O'Sullivan's last appearance came July 20, when he worked two innings of relief and allowed three runs in San Diego's 5-3 victory at St. Louis. His only other start this year came on July 12, when he took the loss after giving up two runs over five innings as the Padres lost to the Giants, 10-1. O'Sullivan has never faced the Brewers before.
--OF Mark Kotsay went 3-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored Tuesday in the Padres' 6-2 victory over the Brewers. Kotsay began the day hitless in his last 25 at-bats, a span covering 16 games that dated back to June 18. The hitless streak was the second longest of his career; Kotsay had an 0-for-29 drought in 2006, while with the Oakland Athletics. Kotsay's three-hit game was his first since June 24, 2012.
--LF Carlos Quentin was not in the Padres' starting lineup Tuesday due to a sore right wrist. Manager Bud Black said Quentin, hitting .313 over his last 25 games and .333 on the road this season, was able to pinch-hit if needed and will likely be back in the lineup Wednesday. Mark Kotsay started in place of Quentin Tuesday.
said Tuesday. "He plans to pitch again."
--RHP Miles Mikolas was optioned to Triple-A Tucson after a two-day stay in the majors. He didn't get into a game in his latest big-league stint. He threw a scoreless inning against the Giants on July 11 in his lone appearance for San Diego this year.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "I just grinded through it. I kept battling." -- RHP Tyson Ross, who won his first game since last May, holding Milwaukee to a run on two hits and two walks with six strikeouts as the Padres beat the Brewers, 6-2 Tuesday.
MLB Team Report - San Diego Padres - ROSTER REPORT
--LF Carlos Quentin (sore right wrist) was not in the Padres' starting lineup July 23. Manager Bud Black said Quentin was able to pinch-hit if needed and likely would be back in the lineup July 24.
--RHP Jason Marquis (right elbow strain) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to July 20. He will undergo season-ending Tommy John surgery.
--1B Kyle Blanks (left Achilles tendinitis) went on the 15-day disabled list July 12. During the All-Star break, he received a new set of orthotic insoles to relieve the pressure on his left heel.
--C Yasmani Grandal (sprained right knee) went on the 60-day disabled list July 7. He has ACL and MCL damage, and he'll undergo season-ending surgery in late July to repair the ACL.
--LHP Clayton Richard (strained left shoulder) went on the 15-day disabled list June 22 and was transferred to the 60-day DL on July 12. He underwent season-ending surgery July 15. He is expected to be ready to start a throwing program in three months.
--OF Cameron Maybin (PCL tear in left knee) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to June 10.
--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.
--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
LHP Eric Stults
RHP Andrew Cashner
RHP Sean O'Sullivan
RHP Tyson Ross
RHP Luke Gregerson (closer)
RHP Huston Street
LHP Joe Thatcher
RHP Dale Thayer
RHP Tim Stauffer
RHP Nick Vincent
LHP Colt Hynes
1B Yonder Alonso
2B Jedd Gyorko
SS Everth Cabrera
3B Chase Headley
INF Logan Forsythe
INF/OF Alexi Amarista
INF/OF Mark Kotsay
LF Carlos Quentin
CF Will Venable
RF Chris Denorfia
OF/1B Jesus Guzman