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Some hitters heating up for Padres

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If not exactly on the scale of Andre Ethier's 30-game hitting streak, a couple of hitters are coming alive for the San Diego Padres.

Going into this week's three-game series at Milwaukee, here's who's hot for San Diego:

  • Chase Headley is batting. 346 over his last nine games played and leads the Padres in multi-hit games. He's a career .301 hitter at Miller Field, so this is a welcome road trip for the third baseman.
  • Jorge Cantu is batting .348 in his last eight games played, with two homers and six RBI. Cantu's three-run homer Sunday was the difference in a 4-3 victory over Arizona. It was also the Padres' first three-run blast of the season.
  • Chris Denorfia is making a case for more playing time, hitting .424 since mid-April to raise has average to .333 -- easily the team leader. In his 10 starts the Padres are 6-4, and Denorfia has emerged as the best pinch-hitter as well, going 4 for 13.

On the pitching side, Aaron Harang improved to 5-2 with Sunday's victory, and the bullpen continues to put up the best numbers in the National League. The pen's collective 2.23 earned run average tops the majors.

Overall, the team's 2.95 ERA is second-best in the NL (to Atlanta's 2.85) and third in MLB.

Of special note:

  • Closer Heath Bell is 1-0 with a 1.29 ERA and eight saves in nine chances. He's holding right-handed batters below .100.
  • Setup man Mike Adams is 1-0, 1.06, and has been nearly unhittable, holding right-handed hitters to .065. He retired 15 straight batters before his streak ended over the weekend.

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