Schimpf continuing his strong July: LSU alum hit homers twice in Wednesday’s road doubleheader

Published 6:35 am Friday, July 22, 2016

Ryan Schimpf’s strong July continued during a doubleheader against St. Louis on the road Wednesday.

Schimpf, who lived in Bogalusa for part of his childhood and played youth baseball at the airport field and Avenue B field, hit two home runs during the two games. He played college ball at LSU.

The first home run came in the first inning of the opener. With Travis Jankowski on second base and nobody out, Schimpf hit a 95 mph fastball to straightaway centerfield that cleared the wall by plenty and traveled 425 feet.

In the second game of the doubleheader, Schimpf, who entered the game in the sixth inning, stepped up to the plate in the seventh and flexed his muscles once again. Schimpf pulled a 2-1 pitch to right that was just over the wall and out of the right fielder’s reach. The solo home run went 367 feet.

In the doubleheader, Schimpf finished with two hits, which were the homers, and had three RBIs.

The homers were Schimpf’s sixth and seventh and they are part of his solid July.

After a tough June, the infielder entered Thursday’s contest hitting .304 in July with seven homers and 12 RBIs. He’s reaching base at a .373 clip this month, to go with an .870 slugging percentage.

Schimpf, who was called up in June, has a .227 batting average since being called up. He has seven home runs and 13 RBIs to go with five doubles and a triple over 27 games. In those games, he has had 75 at-bats and 89 plate appearances.

Defensively, Schimpf has a .978 fielding percentage. He has two errors in 89 chances and has been involved with 11 double plays.

The Padres lost both games of the doubleheader, 4-2 and 3-2, respectively.

San Diego was 41-54 at press time.