Yonder Alonso Leads San Diego Padres Hits Parade In Victory

By Thom Tsang
Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

There must be something about playing the Los Angeles Dodgers that has the San Diego Padres bats pumped up these days. Oh, I wonder what it could be?

After all, the Padres aren’t exactly known for being an offensive juggernaut, and their three highest-scoring games have come against their divisional rival in L.A., with those games represent three of the wins on the team’s 4-10 record.

Coincidence? Maybe, but it’d probably be more fun to thing that these guys just really like playing against the Dodgers.

Just ask Yonder Alonso, who led the San Diego hit parade in a 15-hit, 9-2 victory on Tuesday. The team’s first baseman had his best game at the plate thus far in 2013, notching three hits, two of them of the RBI variety, and scoring two runs while drawing a walk over four at-bats.

The team’s No. 3 hitter was the key cog in San Diego offensive machine all game long, and that he factored into four of the team’s season-high (tie) nine runs is just the latest chapter in a significant turnaround from the player who had a .524 OPS after the first week of the season.

In fact, you could even say that it all really started coming together for Alonso in the series opener against the Dodgers back on April 9, as the 26-year-old has been a hit machine since, with knocks in each of his last eight games, good for a .419 average over the 31 AB-span.

Another coincidence? Well, you tell me.

It doesn’t matter much to the Padres, though, as they’re probably just happy to see any development on the offensive front from the former top prospect as he builds on his his .741 OPS, 1.4 fWAR 2012.

The changes to Petco could be helping this season. Though the standard SSS caveat applies, Alonso now has a .988 OPS over 26 PA at home compared to .771 over 31 PA on the road.

If anything, that’s at least a good omen for this team’s offensive prospects; and if the Padres are putting nine-spots up on the Dodgers now, I’d imagine they can’t wait to see what their bats can do when Chase Headley is back.

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