Gyorko kicked things off by putting his team up 3-0 with his first-inning blast. He recorded his second hit of the night on the game's final play, as the lead runner was ruled out on a tag after a review of the second baseman's single. Gyorko has hit .203/.256/.342 with nine home runs and 44 RBI in 281 at-bats.
Gyorko pushed across his team's first run of the game on a third-inning single. He then gave the Padres their first lead of the night with his seventh-inning grand slam, which turned a one-run deficit into a lead the bullpen would not relinquish. Gyorko's home run was his first of August, and he now owns a .199/.253/.331 line with eight home runs and 41 RBI in 272 at-bats.
Gyorko homered, doubled and singled with four RBI in a Wednesday night rout of St. Louis. He is 6 for 11 since coming back.
"It's more of a fresh start than anything," Gyorko told the San Diego Union-Tribune. "What happened at the beginning, you can't go back and change it and you can't say it didn't happen either - it's there. It's not something I like to think about a whole lot, but it's something you can learn from. Obviously, things weren't right, but I think I've gotten to the point where I'm pretty comfortable now."
Gyorko made a splash in 2013 with 23 home runs. He has a long way to go to make his 2014 numbers respectable - he is still saddled with a stat line of .171/.224/.276.
Gyorko slapped a solo home run in the fourth inning, but his big hit came during an eight-run seventh, when Gyorko smacked a double with the bases loaded to drive in three. He's 6 for 11 in three games since returning from a lengthy absence caused by plantar fasciitis. Gyorko has hit .181/.232/.302 with six home runs and 29 RBI in 215 at-bats.
Before landing on the disabled list in early June with a foot injury,
"I think my swing is feeling more like it did last year than it has all year," Gyorko said, per MLB.com. "Hopefully, that translates into the big leagues. I'm not worried about what's happened in the past. We have got two months of baseball left.
"I don't know how much luck goes into it. I'm going just try to hit the ball hard. If you hit the ball hard enough times, good things will happen eventually."
Manager Bud Black also seems to have confidence Gyorko will turn it around offensively.
"We need him to hit. ... He's a good hitter," Padres manager Bud Black said. "Where his average is now, do I think he's that kind of hitter? No. He's got a long ways to go to get to his lifetime average. He can play better."
|CBSSports.com Player Ranking|
|8/21/2014 vs L.A. Dodgers|
|vs L.A. Dodgers||19||3||1||.238||.316||.158|
|vs Kershaw (Career)||7||1||1||.571||.333||.143|
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|Minor League Batting Stats|
|2010||AFX-Fort Wayne TinCaps||42||162||19||46||11||0||2||23||19||31||1||0||.366||.389||.284|
|2011||AA-San Antonio Missions||59||236||41||68||12||0||7||40||26||50||1||0||.358||.428||.288|
|2011||AFA-Lake Elsinore Storm||81||340||78||124||35||2||18||74||38||64||11||3||.429||.638||.365|
|2012||AA-San Antonio Missions||34||130||18||34||4||0||6||17||17||27||1||1||.356||.431||.262|
|2013||AA-San Antonio Missions||1||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||--||--||0||0||1.000||1.000||1.000|
|2013||AFA-Lake Elsinore Storm||2||7||2||4||1||0||0||1||--||1||0||0||.571||.714||.571|
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