Padres' Manuel Margot: Two-hit game, run scored Tuesday

Padres' Manuel Margot: Two-hit game, run scored Tuesday

Margot went 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored in Tuesday’s win over the Cardinals.

Margot squared up a double — his 12th of the year — off reliever Mike Mayers in the seventh, and later came around to score on an RBI groundout. This was Margot’s fifth consecutive game with a hit, and he’s raised his average to .223 on the season. It’s been a rather disappointing year so far for Margot, as he’s hit just one home run and has only 16 RBI and 17 runs in 53 games played. The 23-year-old is also 6-for-11 in stolen base attempts.

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'My phone blew up for about two hours': Andrew graduate and Oilmen product Jake Plastiak drafted by the San Diego Padres

'My phone blew up for about two hours': Andrew graduate and Oilmen product Jake Plastiak drafted by the San Diego Padres

It was a typical Wednesday for Northwest Indiana Oilmen infielder Jake Plastiak.

He was sitting on the couch and watching TV at his family’s home last week when his father, Michael, walked in with some news.

“You just got drafted,” Michael said to his son.

Then came a flood of congratulatory messages.

“My phone blew up for about two hours,” Jake said.

Plastiak, a 2018 Andrew graduate, was drafted in the 28th round by the San Diego Padres. It fulfils a lifelong dream shared by virtually every aspiring baseball player.

“It was a little bit surreal,” Plastiak said. “I had some interest coming into it, but I didn’t know if they were going to pick me at all. I couldn’t believe it at first.”

The reality has since settled in for Plastiak, and now he has a decision to make.

He can sign with the Padres and begin his professional career, or he can opt for college and enroll at Wichita State, where he’s already signed to play with one of the NCAA’s most storied programs.

In third baseman Alec Bohm, Wichita State produced the third overall pick in this year’s draft. And with another senior at shortstop who’s graduating, there will be opportunities for Plastiak to earn a starting job.

But Plastiak said he isn’t leaning in either direction. He has plenty of conversations to follow before he makes his pick.

“Ultimately, it’ll be my decision,” Plastiak said. “And I’m going to choose what I think will be the right decision for my baseball career and for my life.”

Plastiak’s immediate future involves his summer duties with the Oilmen and his designated areas for improvement.

He’s hitting .357 with one home run through his first three games with the Oilmen, an area of focus for the switch-hitter.

“I want to work on being more consistent from both sides of the plate,” Plastiak said. “And getting better defensively at third base and shortstop.”

For someone who just graduated high school, though, Plastiak has a perspective that exceeds his age, thanks to the elite baseball programs he’s played with during his career.

Last fall, he played with a Cincinnati Reds scout team that consistently faced college-level talent.

“I saw a Division I arm on the mound every time,” Plastiak said.

Oilmen manager Adam Enright said Plastiak’s knowledge of the game is a rarity among recent high school graduates.

“From a baseball standpoint, he does things at a level that far exceeds what most high school players do,” Enright said. “He’s been blessed to be around coaches who’ve instilled things in him that work for professional players.”

Dave Melton is a freelance reporter for the Post-Tribune.

Richard takes no-hit try into 7th, Padres beat Marlins 3-1

Richard takes no-hit try into 7th, Padres beat Marlins 3-1

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San Diego Padres’ Eric Hosmer celebrates in the dugout after hitting a two-run home run during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Miami Marlins, Sunday, June 10, 2018, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

MIAMI (AP) — Clayton Richard became the latest pitcher to flirt with the first no-hitter in San Diego Padres‘ history, losing his bid with two outs in the seventh inning Sunday during a 3-1 win over the Miami Marlins.

The Padres are the only team in the majors that has never thrown a no-hitter. They have played 7,881 games since starting out in 1969.

Richard (5-6) took a shutout into the seventh, but Miguel Rojas grounded a clean single up the middle to spoil Richard’s try and JT Riddle followed with an RBI single.

San Diego has come close to a no-hitter a few times this season.

Last month, Jordan Lyles was perfect for 7 1/3 innings until Colorado’s Trevor Story singled. In April, Tyson Ross didn’t give up a hit until Arizona’s Christian Walker doubled on a ball misplayed by center fielder Franchy Cordero.

Richard gave up two hits in seven innings, striking out five and walking three. The 34-year-old lefty tied for the NL lead in losses last year with 15.

Brad Hand pitched a perfect ninth for his 19th save in 21 chances, closing a game that took 2 hours, 24 minutes.

Eric Hosmer hit a two-run homer as the last-place Padres won a fourth consecutive series for the first time since August 2015. Hosmer hit his eighth home run and went 5 for 12 in the three-game set.

Jose Urena (1-8) allowed three runs and six hits in six innings.

MARLINS ALUMNI SOFTBALL GAME

Kurt Abbott hit two home runs for Team Teal in a 10-4 win over Team Black in a Marlins alumni softball game as part of the weekend’s 25th anniversary festivities before the game.

A number of players from the franchise’s World Series championship teams in 1997 and 2003 were on hand, including Livan Hernandez, Edgar Renteria, Mike Lowell and Luis Castillo.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Marlins: RHP Dan Straily took a line drive from Hosmer off the chest in Saturday’s game, and X-rays were negative. The plan is he will be able to make his next start on Thursday against San Francisco. ”I think so,” manager Don Mattingly said. ”We still have four more days. Unless he felt he was going to hurt something and couldn’t extend when he throws his bullpen, I think we’re in pretty good shape.” … 1B/OF Garrett Cooper (wrist) has been taking batting practice as he works his way back to the team. ”He’s progressing, I don’t think he’s that far away from starting rehab games,” Mattingly said.

UP NEXT

Padres: RHP Jordan Lyles (2-2, 4.70 ERA) will face the Cardinals on Monday to begin a three-game series in St. Louis.

Marlins: LHP Wei-Yen Chen (1-3, 5.86) will take the mound Monday to begin a four-game series with the Giants.

Padres' Cory Spangenberg: Could be settling into platoon at third

Padres' Cory Spangenberg: Could be settling into platoon at third

Spangenberg started at third base and went 2-for-5 with an RBI, a stolen base and a run scored in Saturday’s win over the Marlins.

Spangenberg has started four of the Padres‘ last six contests, and he even entered Friday’s game in place of Christian Villanueva once the left-handed starter was lifted. The latter’s recent struggles at the plate have opened up this opportunity for Spangenberg, and he has responded with seven hits, two homers and a steal over that six-game span. If this platoon sticks, the 27-year-old would gain deep and NL-only value as a source of light pop and speed.

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SD pitcher Torres suspended after domestic violence charges

SD pitcher Torres suspended after domestic violence charges

FILE – In this Sept. 19, 2017, file photo, San Diego Padres relief pitcher Jose Torres winds up during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks in San Diego. Torres has accepted a suspension without pay for the rest of the year by Major League Baseball after his December arrest on domestic violence charges. Commissioner Rob Manfred made the announcement Friday, June 8 , 2018. The penalty is retroactive to June 5 and covers 100 games. (AP Photo/Orlando Ramirez, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — San Diego Padres pitcher Jose Torres has accepted a suspension without pay for the rest of the year by Major League Baseball after his December arrest on domestic violence charges.

Commissioner Rob Manfred said Friday the penalty is retroactive to June 5 and covers 100 games. The suspension will cost the reliever $349,052 of his $550,200 salary.

Torres, who hasn’t pitched this season, has agreed not to appeal and will take part in an evaluation and treatment program. He was put on MLB’s restricted list before spring training began.

The 24-year-old left-hander was 7-4 with one save and a 4.21 ERA in 62 games last year. He made his big league debut in 2016 and pitched four times for the Padres.

Torres pleaded not guilty Jan. 9 in Maricopa County Superior Court in Phoenix to charges in a Dec. 29 indictment: felony aggravated assault with a deadly weapon or dangerous incident and misdemeanor recklessly defacing or damaging property of another person.

“We fully support the decision by the commissioner’s office to suspend Jose Torres for violating the joint MLB-MLBPA domestic violence policy. We will continue to support the league’s efforts to educate players and prevent instances like this from occurring in the future,” the Padres said in a statement.

Edmonton Prospects player picked by Padres in 2018 MLB Draft

Edmonton Prospects player picked by Padres in 2018 MLB Draft

Erik Sabrowski describes it as “a milestone moment.”On Wednesday morning, the 20-year-old pitcher was selected by the San Diego Padres in the 14th round of the 2018 Major League Baseball Draft.“I’d just been following along on my laptop for a couple days,” he said. “I was cooking breakfast and my name popped up… next to the San Diego Padres.Story continues below“I was kind of stunned. I had a pretty good idea that it was going to happen, but thinking it’s going to happen and it actually happening was a completely different experience for me.“I kind of just stood there and looked at the computer screen for a few seconds.”A Padres scout called him moments later to firm up details.“A milestone moment, that describes it perfectly,” Sabrowski said.READ MORE: Edmonton Prospects crush Lethbridge Bulls 7-1 in 2018 home openerSabrowski, who calls Edmonton home, currently pitches and plays first base for the Prospects. His relationship with baseball has gone through various phases over the years.“I used to play it for fun and then I realized I was kind of good and wanted to see if I could go to college and play baseball. Then, in the last year or so, it’s been: ‘Alright, let’s see if I can make a career out of this and hopefully see if I can do something cool, something big.’“This is the milestone — the start of something big.”The Prospects’ AGM said being drafted 441st overall “is really good.”“Erik is a local product, played with Prospects Academy and has been a leader with us for the last two years on and off the field,” Jordan Blundell said in an email to 630CHED.READ MORE: Edmonton Prospects lose 4-0 to Swift Current in WMBL championship gameSabrowski will leave for Arizona on Sunday where he’ll start mini camp and rookie orientation at the Padres’ spring training complex. From there, the team will decide which minor team he’ll play for.“There’s six different levels of minor leagues,” Sabrowski explained. “They have teams in Texas, a team in Indiana, a team in Washington. I’m really up to their mercy to see where they feel I’m the best fit.”READ MORE: Iveson responds to Alomar’s RE/MAX Field letter: ‘There’s no axe hanging over baseball’He describes himself as an aggressive pitcher who attacks the batter, commands a big presence on the mound and is “always on the hunt, always on the attack.” It is perhaps no surprise that his favourite pitch is the fastball.Now, he could someday be throwing heat in an actual MLB game.“That’s always been kind of the unimaginable dream,” Sabrowski said.“As a kid, you always envision yourself playing in the MLB for your favourite team in front of a sold-out crowd but actually seeing my name pop up on the draft board — it was something that nothing could have prepared me for.“It’s just the realization of years of baseball, hard work, teaching, hardships, success — all of it is kind of put in to that moment right there. I’d say a lot of that rushed through me a little bit, thinking back on past experiences on the baseball diamond.”In the 14th round of the 2018 #MLBDraft, the #Padres select LHP Erik Sabrowski from Cloud County CC.— San Diego Padres (@Padres) June 6, 2018Congratulations to Erik Sabrowski (@ErikSabrowski) for being drafted by the San Diego @Padres in the 14th round! Sabrowski was the KJCCC West Pitcher of the Year and had the third highest K/9 (15.95) of any NJCAA Division I pitcher this season #MLBDraft pic.twitter.com/6RAhFHITgn— Cloud County Athletics (@CCCCsports) June 6, 2018

Erik Sabrowski, a pitcher for the Edmonton Prospects, was drafted by the San Diego Padres on Wednesday, June 6, 2018.

Erik Sabrowski, a pitcher for the Edmonton Prospects, was drafted by the San Diego Padres on Wednesday, June 6, 2018.Courtesy: Edmonton Prospects