SAN DIEGO -- Padres starting pitcher Clayton Richard became the first pitcher in Padres history to get a hit in each of his at-bats, drive in three runs and earn the victory in a game on Friday night against the Mariners, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
Richard went 2-for-2 with three RBIs in the 9-5 victory over the Mariners on Friday at Petco Park.
Padres manager Bud Black said he hopes to see an offensive surge from his pitchers during the second half of the season.
Richard is 3-for-27 at the plate. Jason Marquis, Saturday's starter against the Mariners, entered the game hitting 2-for-4. Ross Ohlendorf is 0-for-2. Anthony Bass is 4-for-28. Edinson Volquez is 2-for-23.
"We talked about it in Spring Training, how we wanted our pitchers to really be a factor in our offense," Black said. "We still have a lot of baseball left.
"Marquis obviously bolsters it. Ohlendorf, we'll see moving forward. Clayton, I think, is a better hitter than he's shown statistically. Bass is better. The bunting can always improve. Every National League team will tell you that. The hitting can improve no matter what those numbers are."
Bass feeling better, but next start still up in the air
SAN DIEGO -- Padres starting pitcher Anthony Bass is feeling better, but the Padres have yet to decide whether or not he'll start on Tuesday against the Astros, manager Bud Black said.
Bass exited Wednesday's game against the Rangers after he experienced right-shoulder inflammation. He saw doctors on Thursday and Friday.
"He continues to get treatment. He's feeling better," Black said. "We're going to see how this plays out the next couple days to see if we can avoid the disabled list, but we like the fact that he's gotten better and he's feeling more confident, and the training staff is feeling more confident. Whether that leads to him staying active or not, I think in the next two or three days we'll find that out."
If Bass (2-7, 4.70 ERA) is unable to make Tuesday's start, the Padres would likely call up a pitcher from the Minor Leagues. Andrew Cashner made his scheduled start on Saturday night in Double-A, so he isn't an option for Tuesday.
"There's really nobody in our bullpen that can give us the length that we would need from a start," Black said. "If there's a move to be made, it'll come from a Minor-League roster."
Owings shut down with forearm tightness
SAN DIEGO -- Padres pitcher Micah Owings has been shut down from his rehabilitation assignment with Triple-A Tucson because of soreness in his right forearm.
He is on the Padres' 60-day disabled list for a strained right forearm, retroactive to April 26.
"He was close [to returning]," Padres manager Bud Black said. "He was warming up to go into a game.
"He's back to, I wouldn't say square one, but it's a setback."
Brach holding inherited runners at bay
SAN DIEGO -- Padres reliever Brad Brach was unaware of his standing, but he entered Saturday's game ranked fourth in the National League in preventing inherited runners from scoring.
Brach has allowed just 9.5 percent of inherited runners to score, stranding 19 of 21 entering Saturday's game against the Mariners.
"I guess I've really been concentrating, because you hate letting up somebody else's runs," he said. "That's the worst feeling ever, worse than letting up your own. So, I go out there and am extra focused when I go in with guys on base."
Brach is 0-1 with a 4.74 ERA this season, striking out 29 and issuing 18 walks in 24 2/3 innings.
"[I've] just got to throw strikes, try to not walk as many people and just get outs, try to get zeros and throw my off-speed for strikes," Brach said.
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