NEW YORK -- Ryan Schimpf got the Padres on the board in grand fashion during the first inning of Friday's 8-6 win over the Mets at Citi Field, as he continued his remarkable power display.With his first swing of the night, the slugging second baseman launched his first career grand
NEW YORK -- Ryan Schimpf got the Padres on the board in grand fashion during the first inning of Friday's 8-6 win over the Mets at Citi Field, as he continued his remarkable power display.
With his first swing of the night, the slugging second baseman launched his first career grand slam over the right-center-field wall. Schimpf made Mets starter Logan Verrett pay for a four-seam fastball that leaked over the middle of the plate, belt-high.
Schimpf, who took home the National League Rookie of the Month Award for July, then tacked on his second homer of the night -- a two-run blast -- two innings later, giving him 12 since the start of July. Twenty-four of his 31 hits this season have gone for extra bases.
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"The guys did a good job of working good at-bats and getting on," Schimpf said. "For me, I was just up there trying to get a good pitch to drive, and I got two of them. It was good to do something and get the win."
Schimpf, a 28-year-old rookie who received his big league breakthrough in mid-June, homered at least 20 times in the Minor Leagues in each of the last four seasons. With 12 for the Padres and 15 for Triple-A El Paso, Schimpf has now set a career high for a single year.
Power has been a part of Schimpf's game for as long as he can remember. He makes up for his 5-foot-9 frame with a violent yet controlled swing that's incredibly compact. There are nights -- like Friday -- where it seems like the ball might never miss the sweet spot.
Still, few expected Schimpf's power to translate like this at the big league level. Did he?
"I don't really think about it, to be honest with you," Schimpf said. "I worked on a few things this offseason. I'm just up there trying to put together a good at-bat and get a pitch to drive, and whatever happens after that, happens."
Said skipper Andy Green: "He's going to hit the ball out of the ballpark. That's what he's done his whole career. It hasn't been any different at the Major Leagues."
Right fielder Jabari Blash launched a solo shot three pitches after Schimpf's grand slam, giving the Padres back-to-back home runs for the first time since Schimpf combined with Alex Dickerson on July 24 in Washington. Schimpf's dinger was also the Padres' second salami of the season and their first since Dickerson's slam against the Cubs on May 10.
The Padres are the only team in baseball this season to have a pair of rookies go back-to-back -- and they've done so twice. They're also the only team in baseball this season to have a rookie record a grand slam -- and they've now done that twice, as well. Indeed, the youth movement is in full swing.
"It's a different team, and we're having fun," Schimpf said. "Not to take anything away from other guys -- we enjoyed our time with them, and that's part of baseball. We got a good clubhouse here, and it's fun to come to work with these guys every day and battle out there and try to get some wins."
AJ Cassavell covers the Padres for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ajcassavell.