RHP Dennis Tankersley (0-1, 2.00) and RHP Victor Santos (2-2, 4.50)
Tank was sharp in his first big league start of the season, allowing only 3 hits while striking out 9 in 6 IP. The 3 runs scored were all unearned, although he could have saved himself had he not hung a breaking ball to the pitcher with the bases loaded and two outs. That mistake was costly as the pitcher doubled, clearing the bases. The Padres could have got Tank off the hook, but poor base running in the 8th cost them a chance at victory.
Santos let the game get away from him facing the Padres in his last outing. He made some mistakes early; he could not limit the hits to singles. Half of the 8 hits he allowed over 6 innings were for extra bases.
RHP Ismael Valdez (4-2, 5.06) and RHP Wes Obermueller (3-1, 6.75)
Valdez had his best game in a month; he did not allow a homerun and induced 13 ground balls in 6 IP. Valdez is awful when he gets the ball up in the zone. He does not have the low 90s fastball that he did when he was with the Dodgers that allowed him to get away with the occasional mistake.
Obermueller was stifling in his last outing against the Padres. He allowed 6 hits over 6 innings, with only 1 run allowed. The Padres will have to pick it up if they are going to get the win.
RHP Adam Eaton (1-6, 5.89) and RHP Matt Wise (0-0, 3.55)
After a dismal May, Eaton is looking to get June off to a good start. Do not be fooled by the four runs given up in his last start. Eaton was rolling. Eaton elected to pitch to Jeremy Burnitz with runners at 2nd and 3rd with 2 out. I don't have a problem with that. However, throwing 3 consecutive breaking balls with a 2-2 count is inexplicable to me. Burnitz is a human windmill; mix in a letter high fastball in that sequence and the inning is over.
Wise pitched 5 shutout innings against the Dodgers on Memorial Day, allowing only 3 hits. Apparently pitching in front of family and friends did not affect the Cal State Fullerton alum.
Hitters to Watch
Sean Burroughs is in the midst of a 14 game hitting streak. He is hitting a phenomenal .422 with runners in scoring position (RISP). His RISP with 2 out is .375. The only thing that keeps him from being a number 3 hitter is power.
Scott Podsednik should have a beef with the baseball writers because he should have won the 2003 ROY award. He can hit with power, his average is down but is willing to draw the walk. He already has stolen 24 bases in 25 attempts.
If the Padres draft Stephen Drew the shortstop from Florida State I will be a very unhappy camper, especially if this guy is a brittle as his brother. J.D. has been a tin man since entering the league. In fact, I am pretty sure the Tin Man had more heart than J.D. Drew.
I pulled an oblique while writing this article, but no worries; I will not have to go on the DL.
Kim Lewis can be reached at email@example.com
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