March 27, 2012; Phoenix, AZ, USA; San Diego Padres second baseman Jedd Gyorko (70) shakes hands with third base coach after hitting a two run homerun against the Texas Rangers ib the third inning at Surprise Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rick Scuteri-US PRESSWIRE
The Tucson Padres beat the Sacramento River Cats Friday night. TuPads pitching held Sacramento to no runs on three hits and the offense held up their part of the bargain by scoring six times on eight hits, four walks and an error. 1B Matt Clark homered for the third straight day and C Rocky Gale drove in a pair but the hitting star was, as usual, 3B Jedd Gyorko.
Gyorko was 3-5 with a double, homer and of course a run and an RBI. Jedd struck out against River Cats starter Brad Peacock to end the top of the first and flied out to end the fourth. If you did your math you know this means it was all hits all the time after that. In the 6th inning Jedd gyorked a shot to left for his 22nd home run of the season, his 16th since being called up from San Antonio May 16th. Pedro Figueroa relieved Peacock in the 8th but Gyorko wasn't shook. He mashed a one-hopper over the centerfield fence for his 22nd (18th) double. Rich Thompson replaced Figueroa in the 9th but he couldn't find Jedd's number either as Gyorko lined a single to left in his final plate appearance.
Jedd's 3-5 showing boosted his AAA BA to a ridiculous .356. In addition to his aforementioned 22 homers and 22 doubles, he's now up to a total of 73 RsBI, 56 of them as a TuPad. Jedd and the rest of the Li'l Pads will square off with Sacramento again tonight at 7:05pm.