A hit for Cash: When Russell Branyan left the Mary Birch Hospital for Women in San Diego on Friday, he told his wife, Jill, that he was going to try and get a hit for his newborn son, Cash Carter Branyan.Branyan did just that and more, as he blasted a 428-foot home run to right field in an 8-1 victory over the Mariners at Safeco Field. The home run came about a day after Jill Branyan gave birth to Cash, who weighed 8 pounds, 9 ounces and measured 20 inches. The Branyans already have a daughter, Kylie. Cash Carter Branyan -- who is named after Johnny Cash, one of Branyan's favorite idols -- arrived about 10 days early. Jill Branyan was induced on Thursday morning, which was an off-day for the Padres. He was born at 8:20 p.m. PT. Branyan took a separate fight to Seattle on Friday morning and was in the lineup as San Diego's designated hitter against the Mariners. "It was just as emotional this time because it's a boy, and my wife's father passed away recently," Branyan said. Branyan was on the bereavement list for a few days earlier in May while in Ohio with his wife attending his father-in-law's funeral. About that offense: The Padres had a season-high seven doubles in Friday's 8-1 victory over the Mariners, one shy of the franchise record set on Sept. 8, 1992, against the Giants and again on April 16, 1996, against the Rockies. Every starter in the Padres lineup had at least one hit as San Diego combined for a season-high eight extra-base hits. In 22 road games this season, the Padres have a .251 batting average with 103 runs. It's a far different picture at PETCO Park, where the team has a .226 average with 76 runs. Friar notes: Reliever Scott Cassidy didn't make a rehabilitation appearance at Triple-A Portland on Friday, though he will do soon shortly. Cassidy, coming off surgery on his right knee, is on a 30-day rehabilitation assignment. ... Class A Lake Elsinore had a good night on Friday, posting a 30-0 victory over Lancaster. All told, the Storm had 28 hits, including six home runs. Craig Cooper and Chad Huffman each hit two home runs while 2006 first-round pick Matt Antonelli and Kyle Blanks each had six hits. ... The Padres dedicated a Miracle League Little League Padres Park on Saturday at San Dieguito County Park. The field will accommodate children with mental and physical challenges. ... Entering Saturday's game, the Padres led all Major League teams with a 3.09 ERA. On deck: San Diego completes its three-game series against Seattle at 1:05 p.m. on Sunday at Safeco Field. Justin Germano (1-0, 0.69 ERA) makes this third start since being recalled from Portland. He'll be opposed by Seattle's 21-year-old phenom Felix Hernandez (2-1, 2.57). The Padres are off on Monday before opening a six-game homestand on Monday at PETCO Park against the Cubs.
Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less