PHOENIX -- If Jason Bartlett was correct about the key to his RBI streak, then it was in jeopardy in Monday night's game against the D-backs. It's a good thing words are just that -- words. "Probably not talking or thinking about it," Bartlett said when asked what made it possible for him to drive in at least one run in what is now eight consecutive games. "I didn't even know about it."
After singling in his first at-bat of San Diego's 8-4 win, Bartlett doubled home a pair in the second inning against Armando Galarraga, pulling to within one game of a 29-year-old franchise record. Sixto Lezcano had RBIs in nine consecutive games in 1982, a mark matched in 1996 by Steve Finley. Carmelo Martinez and Tony Gwynn both had eight-game RBI streaks in 1984. This streak, by a shortstop with a modest reputation for run production, is one of the most impressive symptoms of the Padres' recent offensive fever. April showers (.211 average and 2.8 runs per game) have brought May powers (.282 and 5.7). The 10 runs Bartlett plated in the seven games entering Monday were merely a drop in the Padres' bucket of 60 runs across that stretch. San Diego came in tied with Detroit for the Major League lead in runs this month, with 74. This by a team that also leads the Majors with eight shutout losses (seven of them in April). "These are big league hitters. We knew we wouldn't struggle all season," Bartlett said. "We knew we would come out of it. Who knows how long we'll be able to stay at this level, but we have to ride it as long as we can."