Gyorko's clutch bat leads Padres to win

Third-base San Diego prospect amasses four hits, drives in five

By David Heck / Special to | June 26, 2012 10:36 PM ET

Jedd Gyorko says he lost his swing for a few games this month. On Tuesday, he showed that it has come back.

The Padres' No. 4 prospect went 4-for-5 with a homer, a double and five RBIs, carrying the Triple-A Tucson Padres to a 9-8 win over the Fresno Grizzlies, 9-8.

After he went through a 1-for-14 stretch, Gyorko has hit safely in five straight games. During that time, he improved to a .450 average (9-for-20) with five extra-base hits and seven RBIs.

"I'm seeing the ball well, putting good swings on it," Gyorko said. "I've been working with our hitting coach [Bob Skube]. He's been helping me get my swing back to where it was when I came up.

"I was getting just a little out of whack there for a few games. Now I'm getting that back in tune and am trying to keep it going for a while."

Tucson took a quick lead Tuesday with Gyorko leading the way. The 23-year-old third baseman delivered a two-RBI double in the first inning and followed with a two-run homer in the third to put the Padres up, 5-1.

After the Grizzlies rallied back for a 7-6 lead, Gyorko singled in the seventh and then came around to score the go-ahead run. Fresno tied the game in the bottom half of the frame, but Gyorko once again delivered in a big spot in the eighth, hitting a two-out RBI single to put his team up for good.

"It feels great to be able to help the team win," Gyorko said. "Every time I batted, I think I had guys in scoring position. You have to credit those guys for getting on base tonight."

A second-round pick in the 2010 Draft, Gyorko hit .262 with six homers and 17 RBIs in 34 games for Double-A San Antonio this year. He has fared even better following a promotion, batting .315 with nine homers and 33 RBIs in 38 contests for Tucson.

Though the Pacific Coast League is known to be hitter-friendly, Gyorko said he has simply been improving after a slow start.

"I lost my mechanics a little bit at the beginning of the year," said Gyorko, who was hitting .196 through the season's first 13 games. "I think when I got called up, I was starting to find them and put up better numbers. I think it took time to get back into the swing of things. It's definitely good hitting in the PCL -- the pitchers are definitely better at Triple-A, but I'm kind of getting back to basics."

Looking back on the first half, Gyorko said he's happy with how he's progressed and will look to continue developing as the year goes on.

"I'm pretty happy with where I am from where I started the year. ... To get [my average] up is a step in the right direction," Gyorko said. "I want to continue progressing and producing for the team in the second half and we'll see what happens."

David Heck 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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