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Ludwick seeing more hard contact at plate

Ludwick seeing more hard contact at plate

Ludwick seeing more hard contact at plate
SAN DIEGO -- Ryan Ludwick entered Wednesday's game against the Braves with four extra-base hits in the first two games of the series.

Ludwick, who entered Wednesday hitting .209 with four home runs and 11 RBIs, is hitting .324 with three home runs over his last eight games.

"He's swinging better," Padres manager Bud Black said. "And we're seeing more hard contact. He's confident right now."

Ludwick had hit safely in each of his last six games against the Braves since April 26, 2010, and is a career .292 hitter against the Braves in 96 at-bats.

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