1st Pitch: Hitters struggling with 2 strikes

Quick Hits: Chris Coghlan went 0-6 with three strikeouts and was the Marlins only starter who failed to collect a hit on Sunday. In five of his at-bats he found himself in a two-strike count, a situation where he has struggled all season, batting just .125 (MLB avg: .181) and striking out 36.5 percent of the time. Here’s a look at a few others who struggle in two-strike counts.

* Ian Stewart has a .081 OBP in two-strike counts, worst in the majors.

* Rod Barajas chases a league-high 64.3 percent of pitches outside the strike zone in two-strike counts.

* Kyle Blanks has struck out 44 times in 74 two-strike counts, a league-high 59.5 percent.

* Mark Teixeira is batting .094 against fastballs in two-strike counts.

* Mark Reynolds is batting .055 against non-fastballs in two-strike counts.

* Tim Lincecum has been in a two-strike count 10 times this season and has struck out all 10 times.

Today’s Trivia: In Sunday’s game Trevor Hoffman recorded a hold while his teammate picked up the save for the first time since September 12, 1993. Who closed the game for the Padres on that date?

Highest Strikeout Pct, In 2-Strike Counts

Today’s Leaderboard: On the flip side, here are the pitchers who have excelled in two-strike counts this season. Brandon Morrow leads the way, having recorded a strikeout in 59 of his 106 two-strike counts.

Key Matchups: John Danks is just 2-5 with a 4.89 ERA in his career against the Indians. One reason for his struggles as of late is Shin-Soo Choo. In his career against Danks, Choo is batting .462 (6-13) with a home run.

Carlos Pena’s season-long slump likely won’t come to a halt tonight against the Red Sox. In his career against Clay Buchholz, Pena is batting just .091 (1-11) with three strikeouts.

Trivia Answer: Gene Harris, the Padres’ closer in 1993, picked up the save. Hoffman took over as their full-time closer the following season.