Black hoping for better hitting from team's pitchers

Black hoping for better hitting from team's pitchers

SAN DIEGO -- Padres starting pitcher Clayton Richard became the first pitcher in Padres history to get a hit in each of his at-bats, drive in three runs and earn the victory in a game on Friday night against the Mariners, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

Richard went 2-for-2 with three RBIs in the 9-5 victory over the Mariners on Friday at Petco Park.

Padres manager Bud Black said he hopes to see an offensive surge from his pitchers during the second half of the season.

Richard is 3-for-27 at the plate. Jason Marquis, Saturday's starter against the Mariners, entered the game hitting 2-for-4. Ross Ohlendorf is 0-for-2. Anthony Bass is 4-for-28. Edinson Volquez is 2-for-23.

"We talked about it in Spring Training, how we wanted our pitchers to really be a factor in our offense," Black said. "We still have a lot of baseball left.

"Marquis obviously bolsters it. Ohlendorf, we'll see moving forward. Clayton, I think, is a better hitter than he's shown statistically. Bass is better. The bunting can always improve. Every National League team will tell you that. The hitting can improve no matter what those numbers are."