Week In Review: Padres Offensive Explosion

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The Padres offense exploded this week, sparked by Yangervis Solarte. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

 July 28th – August 3rd

As the San Diego Padres limp along offensively without Chase Headley and now Chris Denorfia, their offense just could not get things going this week and score any runs.

At least that is what I expected to write about this week. What I did NOT expect to write about was a 2-homer, 5 hit night from Tommy Medica Friday night as the Padres tied a Petco Park record of 20 hits against the Atlanta Braves. I did NOT expect to tell you about a Wednesday night 12-1 victory against the St. Louis Cardinals. A game where Jedd Gyorko hit a home run and bases loaded double. I did not expect to say they won 5 of their 7 games this week against two of the top teams in the National League. That IS, however, what happened. Isn’t baseball great?

The week started sleepily, with the Padres losing to the Braves in Atlanta 2-0 in a game that started at 9 a.m. Pacific Time. Then they flew back to San Diego and apparently slept well that night. Tuesday newcomer Yangervis Solarte homered and scored the go ahead run in his first visit to San Diego. He also made a nice defensive play and Tyson Ross struggled, but fought through for his team-leading 10th win. He ended July allowing 5 earned runs in 41 innings. Good start.

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