In the final game of the Atlanta series, second baseman Jedd Gyorko returned from the DL, and went 1 for 3. Gyorko switched places with Carlos Quentin, and Brooks Conrad was sent to the minors to make room for pitcher Jason Lane.
Lane pitched well in his return to the majors. He went six innings and gave up only one run. Unfortunately, the Padres offered no run support, and Lane got the loss.
The Carlos Quentin story is not looking good these days. Quentin was sent to the DL with a sore left knee, and only managed to post a .177 batting average in 130 at-bats. He must have been feeling the pain in his knee for a while because a sub-.200 average and four home runs are not Quentin-like numbers.
Hopefully, Gyorko’s rehab stint was exactly what he needed to put his season back on track. His numbers were way down before he went on the DL. Gyorko had a .164/.214/.271 slash and only five home runs in 57 games played. When he squared a pitch up, it went a long way, so I believe there was something physically preventing him from hitting the ball consistently well.
The Padres begin a six-game home stand tomorrow with St Louis in town through Thursday, and the Braves in town over the weekend. The home field advantage should jump start Gyorko’s second half, and offer relief from the beating in Atlanta.