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The Padres Really Can Hit!
As previously mentioned, the Padres’ putrid offense has shown signs of life since returning from the All-Star Break. Led by the return of infielder Jedd Gyorko from plantar faciitis, Double-D has gone 8-for-19, with a pair of home runs, 4 runs scored, and 7 runs driven in. Some were calling foul after his slow start to the season, and then being given a contract extension. Gyorko should continue to bounce back from a forgettable first half.
Fresh off of a 5-for-5 night to start his month of August, Tommy Medica is pushing to remain a part of the Padres for the present and the immediate future, going 13-for-26, with 8 driven in to go along with a pair of long balls. The outfielder/first baseman is going to force his way into an everyday lineup role if he continues to swing the bat as well as he has throughout August. With the trade of Chris Denorfia to the Seattle Mariners, look for Medica to see everyday at-bats.