When last the Padres visited those National League West haunts April 22-27, they dropped five of six -- being swept in Arizona and dropping the final two at San Francisco in what manager Bruce Bochy called "embarrassing" fashion.
Following the trip-ending 10-3 loss in San Francisco, Bochy closed the doors to the Padres clubhouse for 17 minutes to have a chat with the troops.
"It was a minor snap," said Bochy. "Not like I would have had years ago."
But Bochy's comments were designed and timed for maximum effect. He met with the players before they could board the plane home. And the Padres had a day off the following day to chew on Bochy's thoughts.
Bochy doesn't think the meeting did anything to change the Padres fortunes. But something did. Even dropping two of three games at Seattle over the weekend didn't put a damper on San Diego's last 2 1/2 weeks.
The Padres return for three-game sets in Arizona and San Francisco this week having gone 17-5 since they last visited the cities.
The only question is: Has the run ended? The Padres got a total of 13 hits in Seattle.
With the Padres scheduled to play 13 straight games after Monday's second day off in a span of five days, Bochy has changed his rotation for the Arizona series.
RHP Adam Eaton will start Tuesday as scheduled. Then No. 5 starter LHP Darrell May will start on Wednesday, allowing both RHPs Jake Peavy (Thursday) and Brian Lawrence (Friday in San Francisco) to get another day's rest.
The Padres were 15-3 through Friday in games started by Jake Peavy (8-1) and Adam Eaton (7-2). Peavy was 4-0, Eaton 6-1.
But another major contributor to the Padres' success has been their bench players.
The list of contributors includes two players -- outfielder Adam Hyzdu and infielder Jesse Garcia -- who are back with Triple-A Portland. Both, however, contributed during their final hours with the Padres.
The biggest contributors during the streak have been Damian Jackson, Mark Sweeney and Miguel Ojeda.
Jackson subbed for the injured Greene when he was first called up from Portland and since Greene's return has pinch-run and been a late-game defensive replacement in the outfield.
Sweeney is 7-for-17 with three doubles, a homer and eight RBI. Ojeda, who has made a couple of starts in the outfield as well as for Hernandez behind the plate, is 7-for-27 with two doubles, a triple and two RBI.
Reserves -- either as a sub starter or a pinch-hitter -- have delivered seven hits that either tied or produced the winning run during the Padres surge.