Cabrera on a tear

The young Nicaraguan shortstop got a hit in six consecutive at-bats over the past two games

(posted May 25, 9: 00 a.m.)- Over the past two days, Nicaragua speed demon Everth Cabrera went 6-for-6 with five singles, a double and a stolen base in his last six plate appearances for the San Diego Padres.

In last night’s game against the Mets, Cabrera, 25, went 4-for-5, becoming the first Nicaraguan player to get four hits in a game since former Giants outfielder Marvin Bernard did it a decade ago, according to La Prensa.

Cabrera’s hot bat comes after a bit of a nervous 0-for-19 slump after he got called up from the Minors on May 17. The young shortstop finally broke the ice Wednesday night, connecting for singles in the final two at-bats against the against the Cardinals.

“It was good to see him get a couple of hits,” Padres Manager Bud Black said after the Cardinals game. “We hope that it will jump-start him.”

It did. Cabrera connected solidly in his next four at-bats on Thursday, using his speed to stretch an outfield single into a double in the first plate appearance in the third. He was finally put out in his fifth at-bat of the game.

Cabrera, who had a streaky season last year with the Padres, before getting sent down to the Minors last July, started this year in Triple-A Tucson. But he was called up last week when the Padres starting shortstop Jason Bartlett was placed on the disabled list with a strained right knee.

Cabrera, a native of Nandaime, was hitting .333 in 34 games for Tucson, with 15 stolen bases, at the time he was called up. 

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