SAN DIEGO, CA - AUGUST 18 - Chase Headley # 7 of the San Diego Padres hits a homerun in the 2nd inning of the game against the San Francisco Giants at Petco Park on August 18, 2012 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Kent C. Horner/Getty Images)
When you have a season like the one the Padres are having, you look for bright spots.
This season you need look no further than 3rd base and Chase Headley. Former Padre pitcher Dirk Hayhurst has become a very good author. In one of his books, “The Bullpen Gospels,” which is about his minor league days in the Padres organization, he called Headley "Chase The Magnificent." He wasn't being sarcastic.
Saturday night at PETCO Park against the Giants and San Diego native Barry Zito, Headley struck again with a 3-run homer to left field, his 20th of the year. He's driven in 76 runs to lead the Padres in both categories. Headley has hit 8 homers and driven in 24 runs in August alone. Both are already career highs for any single month.
Carlos Quentin also hit a home run, giving Padres fans hope the team will have a formidable middle of the lineup for the next few years.
In the end, the Giants won 8-7 to retain their slim lead over the Dodgers in the National League West. But, the Padres are showing enough to make us think they’ll be joining their California rivals atop the division in the near future.