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MARYVALE, Ariz. (AP) - Jedd Gyorko entered spring training with his sights set on winning the San Diego Padres' second base job. Four days into spring training games, lots of eyes are suddenly on him.
The 2010 second-round pick out of West Virginia hit his second homer of the spring, a two-run shot that helped the Padres beat a Milwaukee Brewers split-squad 7-1 Monday.
Gyorko, who hit .311 with 30 home runs in the minors last season, has eight RBIs.
The 24-year-old played third base for the Mountaineers and in the minors but he has experience at second base, and he's enjoying the transition.
"I'm having fun at second and the key is just getting better each day," Gyorko said. "It helps that we have an extended spring this year and I get to play a ton of games to get work in."
He's been very comfortable at the plate. He hit a 410-foot homer to center field off Milwaukee starter Hiram Burgos Monday and a grand slam against Seattle on Saturday.
"The game is all about scoring and my offense has to be there. I know that's my ticket. I've gotten a couple of pitches I can handle and credit the other guys for getting on," he said.
San Diego manager Bud Black likes the versatility of having guys like Gyorko, Logan Forsythe and Everth Cabrerra in the infield. Forsythe played third Monday and will play shortstop later this week. And finding a way to get Gyorko's bat in the lineup plays into that.
"His transition has been pretty seamless so far, he worked a lot back home in West Virginia and he has second base in his past," Black said. "He has great self-confidence in his ability to play the game, both offense and defense. Some of the things you are seeing here early are some of the things our minor league people have told us all along. His bat comes highly regarded."
Catcher Eddy Rodriguez added a three-run homer in the ninth inning for the Padres, and Kyle Blanks and Mark Kotsay each added two of San Diego's 10 hits.
In a possible World Baseball Classic pitching matchup, Burgos, who will be pitching for Puerto Rico, opposed San Diego starter Edinson Volquez from the Dominican Republic.
Burgos, the Brewers minor league pitcher of the year for 2012 after going 10-4 with a 1.95 ERA, advancing from Class-A to Triple-A, allowed three hits in 2 2-3 innings with two strikeouts.
"I pounded the strike zone, I was working all my pitches and I felt like my mechanics were good," Burgos. "I threw a fastball (to Gyorko) that got too much of the plate. But my teammates made some good defensive plays behind me and I felt good about it overall."
Volquez allowed two hits and struck out four in his two scoreless innings.
"The weather (57 degrees) made it hard to get loose and it took me awhile to get comfortable," said Volquez, who needed 22 pitches to get through two innings and will make one more start before joining his WBC team in Florida next weekend. "I'm ready to go and very excited about the opportunity to play for my country."
Carlos Gomez and Jeff Bianchi each had two hits for Milwaukee. Ryan Braun had a sacrifice fly in the fifth.
NOTES: Burgos got back-to-back strong defensive plays to start the second inning. Shortstop Donnie Murphy went full-out to his left to rob San Diego's Travis Buck of a base hit before Gomez made a long run and grab of Nick Hundley's drive to the wall in center field. . The game drew only 1,191 fans on a brisk afternoon, but temperatures are expected to reach 80 degrees by the weekend.
|Players of the Game|
|San Diego Padres|
|Will Venable, CF||3||0||1||0||0||1||1||.250|
|Jeudy Valdez, SS||1||0||1||1||1||0||0||.667|
|Jedd Gyorko, 2B||3||1||1||2||0||0||1||.333|
|a- Jonathan Galvez, PH-2B||1||0||0||0||1||1||1||.500|
|Mark Kotsay, RF||2||0||2||0||1||0||0||1.000|
|Alexi Amarista, PR-RF^CF||0||1||0||0||1||0||0||.286|
|Jesus Guzman, 1B||3||0||0||0||0||2||4||.200|
|b- James Darnell, PH-1B||2||1||1||0||0||1||2||.200|
|Travis Buck, DH||2||1||1||0||1||0||0||.286|
|c- Jason Hagerty, PH-DH||1||0||0||0||1||0||2||.250|
|Nick Hundley, C||3||0||0||0||0||2||1||.200|
|Edinson Rincon, 3B||2||0||0||0||0||1||5||.000|
|Cody Ransom, SS||3||0||0||0||0||0||2||.000|
|Eddy Rodriguez, C||2||1||1||3||0||0||0||.333|
|Kyle Blanks, LF||3||1||2||1||0||0||1||.571|
|Jaff Decker, PR-LF||2||0||0||0||0||2||0||.000|
|Logan Forsythe, 3B||3||0||0||0||0||0||2||.000|
|Yeison Asencio, RF||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||.167|
|a-walked for Gyorko in the 7th|
|b-struck out for Guzman in the 7th|
|c-walked for Buck in the 7th|
|2B - Will Venable (2, Hellweg), Jeudy Valdez (3, Bradley), Kyle Blanks (2, Pena)|
|HR - Jedd Gyorko (2, Burgos), Eddy Rodriguez (1, Heckathorn)|
|SH - Alexi Amarista (1)|
|RBI - Jeudy Valdez (6), Jedd Gyorko 2 (8), Eddy Rodriguez 3 (3), Kyle Blanks (1)|
|2-OUT RBI - Jeudy Valdez (2), Jedd Gyorko 2 (4), Eddy Rodriguez 3 (3), Kyle Blanks (1)|
|SB - Jeudy Valdez (1, 2nd base off Jakubauskas/Diaz), Travis Buck (1, 2nd base off Pena/Maldonado), Yeison Asencio (1, 2nd base off Bradley/Diaz)|
|Team LOB - 10|
|DP - Forsythe-Gyorko-Guzman|
|E - Jesus Guzman (1, Missed catch of throw), Jeudy Valdez (1, Misplayed grounder)|
|San Diego Padres|
|Edinson Volquez (W,1-0)||2||2||0||0||1||4||0||0.00|
|Robbie Erlin (H,1)||2||1||0||0||1||1||0||0.00|
|Brandon Kloess (H,1)||1||1||1||0||0||0||0||9.00|
|Daniel Stange (H,1)||1||1||0||0||0||1||0||0.00|
|Tommy Layne (H,1)||1||2||0||0||0||2||0||4.50|
|John Barbato (H,1)||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||0.00|
|HBP - Weeks (by Brandon Kloess)|
|WP - Edinson Volquez (1)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Edinson Volquez 22-16, Robbie Erlin 13-9, Brandon Kloess 5-4, Daniel Stange 6-5, Tommy Layne 10-10, John Barbato 5-5, Miles Mikolas 9-5|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Edinson Volquez 1-1, Robbie Erlin 2-3, Brandon Kloess 2-1, Daniel Stange 1-0, Tommy Layne 2-0, John Barbato 1-1, Miles Mikolas 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Edinson Volquez 9, Robbie Erlin 8, Brandon Kloess 5, Daniel Stange 3, Tommy Layne 6, John Barbato 3, Miles Mikolas 4|
|Carlos Gomez, CF||2||0||2||0||1||0||0||1.000|
|Cole Garner, CF||1||0||1||0||1||0||0||1.000|
|Rickie Weeks, 2B||2||0||0||0||0||1||2||.000|
|Nick Shaw, 2B||2||0||1||0||0||1||1||.500|
|Ryan Braun, LF||2||0||0||1||0||1||1||.333|
|Max Walla, LF||1||0||0||0||0||1||3||.000|
|Martin Maldonado, C||3||0||0||0||0||1||3||.000|
|Robinzon Diaz, C||1||0||0||0||0||0||3||.000|
|Donnie Murphy, SS||1||0||0||0||1||1||0||.000|
|Angel Ortega, SS||2||0||0||0||0||2||0||.000|
|Jeff Bianchi, 3B||3||0||2||0||0||0||1||.286|
|a- Brandon Macias, PH-3B||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Hunter Morris, 1B||4||0||0||0||0||1||1||.000|
|Kentrail Davis, RF||4||0||1||0||0||1||1||.167|
|Jason Rogers, DH||3||1||0||0||0||0||2||.000|
|b- Rafael Neda, PH-DH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-grounded out for Bianchi in the 8th|
|b-grounded out for J. Rogers in the 9th|
|SF - Ryan Braun (1)|
|RBI - Ryan Braun (2)|
|SB - Kentrail Davis (1, 2nd base off Volquez/Hundley)|
|CS - Jeff Bianchi (1, 2nd base by Stange/Rodriguez)|
|Team LOB - 10|
|E - Angel Ortega (1, Misplayed grounder)|
|Hiram Burgos (L,0-1)||2.2||3||2||2||0||2||1||6.75|
|Frankie De La Cruz||0.1||1||0||0||0||0||0||0.00|
|WP - Johnny Hellweg (1), Jed Bradley (1)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Hiram Burgos 16-16, Frankie De La Cruz 2-2, Johnny Hellweg 20-11, Ariel Pena 11-7, Chris Jakubauskas 13-5, Jed Bradley 20-14, Kyle Heckathorn 4-4|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Hiram Burgos 1-5, Johnny Hellweg 3-1, Chris Jakubauskas 2-0, Jed Bradley 2-1|
|Batters Faced - Hiram Burgos 11, Frankie De La Cruz 2, Johnny Hellweg 9, Ariel Pena 6, Chris Jakubauskas 5, Jed Bradley 9, Kyle Heckathorn 2|
|Attendance - 1191|
|Game Time - 3:11|
|Temperature - 67|
|Umpires - Home - Lance Barrett, First Base - Mike Everitt, Second Base - Jim Reynolds, Third Base - Mike Muchlinski|