Gyorko, Grandal display power

Padres' third baseman plates three, catcher adds longball

By Robert Emrich / Special to | March 27, 2012 4:34 PM ET

The Padres and their fans got another glimpse into what could be the near future Tuesday.

Jedd Gyorko homered and drove in three runs and Yasmani Grandal went yard as San Diego fell short to Texas, 10-9, in the Cactus League.

Gyorko, the Padres' No. 5 prospect, finished with three hits and was also hit by a pitch. His two-run blast, the first of the spring, gave the club a 6-2 lead in the third inning.

The 23-year-old third baseman has had a solid spring, batting .325 with nine RBIs. A second-round pick in 2010, Gyorko slugged 25 homers last season in 140 Minor League games between Class A Advanced Lake Elsinore and Double-A San Antonio. The West Virginia native is likely to return to the Missions to begin the season.

Acquired from the Reds on Dec. 17, Grandal was 2-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs scored. His second Spring Training homer gave the Padres a brief 9-8 lead in the top of the ninth. Despite a hot spring in which he has batted .353, the Padres' No. 4 prospect is expected to open 2012 with Triple-A Tucson.

Brad Brach, who saved 34 Minor League games last year, allowed a hit and fanned one in two-thirds of an inning of relief for San Diego.

Robert Emrich is a contributor to This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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