Venable improving in matchups vs. lefties

Venable improving in matchups vs. lefties

OAKLAND -- Will Venable had a big two-run, two-out double in Saturday's loss to the A's, a hit that might have been the game-winner had the Padres not allowed three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning of a 6-4 loss.

For Venable, a left-handed hitter, that hit came against a left-handed pitcher, A's reliever Sean Doolittle.

That was the eighth hit this season for Venable against a left-hander. He's hitting .216 against southpaws this season and .213 for his career, though his manager, Bud Black, thinks that Venable has the potential of being better against lefties.

"There's some damage in there against the lefty," Black said of Venable. "He hung in there [Saturday] ... and the guy [Doolittle] hung a breaking ball and Will squared it up."

Venable hit .174 against lefties last season and .154 in 2010.