Jesus Guzman turned to Edinson Volquez in the ninth inning Monday and admitted he “had a bad feeling.” Each of Guzman’s first five homers this season, including a pinch-hit grand slam at Tampa Bay on May 11, had either put the Padres ahead or tied the game. And the Padres lost all five of those games. “There were a couple other RBI hits where the same thing happened,” said the popular Padres reserve. “I was a little scared it would happen again.” For Monday night at Miller Park, Guzman hit both a solo homer -- to put the Padres on the board in the second -- and a clutch tie-breaking double to cap a decisive, four-run Padres’ sixth. This time, however, the Padres won 5-3 – thanks also to a solid start (and another bunt single) by right-hander Andrew Cashner and three more scoreless innings from a bullpen benefitting from the All-Star break. “It feels good to celebrate without an ice pack,” joked Guzman, whose second-most successful moment this season prior to Monday night was a walk-off hit-by-pitch on May 20 against the Cardinals. He also had a walk-off hit to decide the 17-inning win over Toronto on May 31. “It’s a good feeling to come through like we did tonight,” said Guzman after both he and Carlos Quentin hit two-run doubles in the sixth-inning rally that erased a 3-1 Milwaukee win and carried the Padres to their second win in four games on a 10-game road trip. The decisive sixth opened with what Padres manager Bud Black later described as the Padres’ “small ground attack” – back-to-back bunt singles.
Jesus Guzman's offense finally leads to a win
San Diego Union-Tribune | Jul 23