7/26/2013 9:22 P.M. ET
Guzman thriving at plate despite Petco power drought
By Corey Brock / MLB.com
PHOENIX -- In case you're wondering, Padres infielder Jesus Guzman has nothing against playing games at Petco Park. In fact, he loves playing there, Guzman said Friday.
The numbers tell a different story, though.
After a pinch-hit home run in Thursday's victory over the Brewers, Guzman now has seven home runs on the season -- all coming away from the Padres home ballpark. In fact, 13 of Guzman's last 17 home runs have come away from home.
"I noticed that a couple weeks ago," Guzman said. "I don't know why it's been like that."
In 2011, his first season with the Padres, Guzman had four home runs at home and one on the road. A year ago, he had four at home and five on the road. This season, well, he's still searching for that initial home run in San Diego.
"It's weird because my first year, I hit more at Petco Park," Guzman said.
Guzman might be sorry to see July go, as he took a .309 average with four home runs and 12 RBIs in 55 at-bats into Friday's game against the D-backs.
Guzman has made a slight adjustment in his setup that has allowed him to see the ball better in recent weeks, he said.
"No more leg kick, but it's a foot tap now," Guzman said. "I can see the ball better. It's funny because I have always had good numbers in my career with the leg kick."
Each of Guzman's first five hits since the All-Star break have gone for extra bases -- three doubles, two home runs.
Forsythe staying positive despite slump
PHOENIX -- It has been a difficult month offensively for Padres infielder Logan Forsythe, who went into Friday's game against the D-backs hitting .105 in 46 plate appearances in July.
But he's not about to let his struggles affect him mentally.
"You've got to look at the positives," Forsythe said. "I'm taking good swings in the game, and I am still having good at-bats."
Forsythe has appeared in 29 games at second base, most of which were when Jedd Gyorko was still on the disabled list with a strained groin. But since Gyorko returned from the disabled list on July 12, Forsythe has only had seven at-bats.
"It's just going to take me a little longer to get out of it," Forsythe said of his slump.
But he's determined to do so, and because he can play shortstop, third base and even some outfield if need be, he could get some starts moving forward as manager Bud Black rests players during the second half.
Either way, Forsythe isn't going to get too wrapped up in his statistics. He'll focus more on the process.
"At first it can be [frustrating], but you have to understand that the results aren't going to happen in one day," he said.
Padres have come out swinging after no-no
PHOENIX -- Not quite two weeks removed from their worst offensive performance of the season -- you can't get much worse than being no-hit -- the Padres have resembled a far different team.
In eight games since they were no-hit by San Francisco Giants right-hander Tim Lincecum on July 13 at Petco Park, the Padres have a team batting average of .305 and have scored 45 runs, the third- and second-best marks in the Majors during that span, respectively.
"A lot of guys are starting to find their way," said Padres manager Bud Black.
In winning three of four games against the Milwaukee Brewers earlier this week, the Padres had games in which they had 15 and 16 hits. On Thursday, they scored 10 runs and needed nearly every one of them in a 10-8 victory at Miller Park.
"I think one of the biggest things for us is our ability to put pressure on pitchers, even if it's not with hits ... just making them work hard. We've got the ability to really grind out some at-bats, and when you do that, good things happen," said Padres first baseman Yonder Alonso.
• Four players from the Padres short-season team in Eugene have been selected to play for the South Division All-Star Game -- pitchers Yimmi Brasoban, Erik Schoenrock, first baseman Trae Santos and outfielder Ronnie Richardson. The All-Star Game is set for Aug. 6 in Everett, Wash.
• Black said he would try to stay away from using reliever Nick Vincent on Friday. Vincent allowed four runs on four hits and threw 19 pitches in getting one out in Thursday's victory against the Brewers.