SAN DIEGO -- Runs have certainly been hard to come by for the Padres, but when they do score them, it's usually happens late in games. Going into Wednesday's series finale against the Cardinals, the Padres had scored 78 of their 168 runs (46.4 percent) in the seventh inning or later. The 78 runs are tied for the third-most in the National League and are tied for the fourth-most in the Major Leagues.
"It does seem like we do come to life more later in the game," Padres second baseman Eric Patterson said. "I can't tell you why that is, though. I do know that, except for a handful of games, we've pretty much been in every game and they've been close. The Padres also have 157 hits in the seventh inning and beyond, the third-most in the Major Leagues, trailing the Astros (165 hits) and Cardinals (158). "I think that says a lot about the way guys are battling and grinding. If we keep doing that, especially late in a game, we've got a chance to win," Patterson said.