Tuesday 4x4: Arenado = Mr. Clutch
Odds are on Nolan Arenado's side in Wednesday night's game against the Padres and left-hander Clayton Richard. Arenado is 10-for-16 with a home run and five RBI against Richard. But then Arenado has had success on a regular basis.
He has a career .336 batting average with runners in scoring position after his two-run double in the third inning of the Rockies game at San Diego on Tuesday. Arenado is the leader in hitting with runners in scoring position among active player with at least 600 plate appearances.
Padres rookie Christian Villanueva hit three home runs in the Padres 8-4 victory on Tuesday. He became the third player in history to have a game with three home runs within his first 14 big-league games. Bobby Estella did it in Game 10 for the Phillies on Sept. 4, 1994, and Jarrett Parker did it with the Giants in his 14th game on Sept. 2, 1915.
Villanueva joined Hunter Renfr0e (Sept, 20, 2017 vs. Arizona) as the only Padres rookies to have three home runs in a game. It was, however, the eighth time a Padres player had three home runs in a game.
Rockies lefthander Kyle Freeland served up the first two home runs to Villanueva. It was the fourth time in his career Freeland gave up two home runs in a game, but the first time he gave two up to the same batter. And despite pitching home games at Coors Field, the four times he gave up two home runs in a game have come on the road.
Antonio Senzatela is working in long relief this season, and he has had his problems in his first two appearances, allowing eight runs in 4 2/3 innings. A year ago he flourished in that bullpen role, compiling a 3.04 ERA in 16 appearances.