Schimpf homers twice, drives in 6 in victory

Published 6:46 am Saturday, August 6, 2016

San Diego Padres infielder Ryan Schimpf had a big day in his team’s 8-6 victory over the New York Mets on the road Friday night at Citi Field.

The July National League Rookie of the Month belted two home runs and drove in six of the Padres’ eight runs.

Schimpf’s big day started in grand fashion in the first inning. He came up with the bases loaded and one out in a scoreless game. Schimpf, who played youth baseball in Bogalusa for part of his childhood, got ahold of a fastball up in the zone and took it out just to right center field for a grand slam. The home run left Schimpf’s bat at 103 mph and traveled 418 feet.

Just one at-bat and two innings later, Schimpf flexed his muscles once again with the Padres up 5-2 and a runner on with one out. This time, he got a pitch on the inner half and turned on it, sending it into the upper deck of right field for his second home run. This one traveled 385 feet and left his bat at 102 mph.

It was his second two-homer game and he finished with a career high six RBIs for one game.

Schimpf entered Monday’s action with a .219 batting average with 12 homers and 29 runs batted in over 151 at-bats and 182 plate appearances. He is reaching base at a .341 clip and is slugging .560.

Schimpf has 10 doubles and two triples, as 24 of his 33 hits have gone for extra bases.

In the field, Schimpf has a .980 fielding percentage with four errors in 202 chances. He’s played 42 games, 40 starts at second and three games, all starts, at third.

San Diego entered yesterday’s play with a 50-68 record.

The Padres are wrapping up a nine-game road trip today, as they conclude a three-game series with Tampa Bay.

After this series, they return home for seven games — four against the D-backs and three against the Cubs before an off day Aug. 25.