Padres rap out 23 hits, beat Brewers 13-6

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The Padres, who entered today’s game with a major league-worst .219 batting average, collected 23 hits Wednesday in a 13-6 win over the Brewers.

It was the third most hits in franchise victory.  They had 24 hits on April 19, 1982 against the Giants and on Aug. 12, 2003 against the Braves (in a Greg Maddux start).

Jason Bartlett and Cameron Maybin led the way with four hits apiece.  Chris Denorfia and Ryan Ludwick both had three hits and homered.  Denorfia also had two of the Padres’ three walks on the day.

Two-hit games were achieved by Alberto Gonzalez, starting pitcher Tim Stauffer and Brad Hawpe.  Hawpe, who didn’t start, had both of his as part of the Padres’ eight-run eighth inning.

By going 23-for-42 in the game, they raised their collective team average 11 points to .230.  Now the Nationals have the game’s worst average at .222.

Report: Braves nearing deal with Peter Moylan

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The Braves are close to an agreement with free agent reliever Peter Moylan, MLB.com’s Mark Bowman writes. Terms of the deal are not yet known, though anything greater than a one-year contract would be surprising.

This figures to be Moylan’s third run with the Braves. The 39-year-old right-hander completed a two-year gig with the Royals in 2017, during which he put up a 3.49 ERA, 3.8 BB/9 and 7.0 SO/9 in a league-leading 79 appearances and 59 1/3 innings. While he hasn’t looked dominant at any point in his career, he showed promise after recovering from back surgery and two Tommy John surgeries and could provide some veteran support to a bullpen that ranked 27th among its major league peers last year.

The Braves have been linked to Moylan since November, but they’re not the only ones still in play for his services. Bowman adds that the Royals have continued to show interest in the veteran righty, though they don’t appear close to arranging a deal.