SAN DIEGO, CA - JULY 20: Yasmani Grandal #12 of the San Diego Padres hits a homerun and is met by teammate Chris Denorfia #13 against Colorado Rockies against MLB game on July 20, 2012 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)
If the Padres could go back and play the month of April the same way they're playing the month of July, they'd be in 1st place right now.
The Padres beat the Rockies 9-5 at PETCO Park on Friday night, running their record in July to 11-5. If you want to go back even a bit further, the news is still extremely good.
Since June 9, San Diego is 21-15, the 3rd-best record in the National League over that span.
When the weather is warm Downtown, even the Padres can take opposing pitchers down town. The Pads hit three home runs on Friday.
Carlos Quentin had the first one, a solo shot in the 2nd inning.
Yasmani Grandal followed in the 3rd with a 2-run shot, the third time he's gone deep in 3 games against the Rockies and his first career PETCO Park homer.
Chase Headley put the finishing touches on the win with a solo homer in the 8th, his 11th homer of the season. That's just one shy of his career high for an entire year, and there are still 67 games left to play.
Sure, their recent offensive explosion (San Diego is averaging more than 5 runs a game since the All-Star break) has come mostly against pretty bad teams like the Astros and Rockies. But they also put up 15 runs in three games against the Dodgers in L.A., so perhaps this recent surge isn't a fluke.