Guzman opening season on an offensive tear

Guzman opening season on an offensive tear

SAN DIEGO -- Two games certainly do not make a season, and that's a good thing for the Padres' offense, which has produced three runs with 18 strikeouts in successive losses to the Dodgers heading into the game Saturday at Petco Park.

That said, outfielder Jesus Guzman probably would like to keep things on the status quo. A year after he went on a second-half tear -- doing most of his damage at pitching-friendly Petco Park -- he's off to a fast start, with doubles in each of the first two games of the season.

"He can hit," Padres manager Bud Black said of Guzman, who got his third start in as many days in left field on Saturday while Carlos Quentin is on the disabled list after having knee surgery last month.

"As the season goes on, hopefully that continues," Black added.

Guzman had a .312 batting average, 13th best among all NL players from June 16 on. He flourished with runners in scoring position (.431) but also with runners in scoring position and two outs (.444), in addition to having 23 multi-hit games.

Maybe the most impressive statistic from Guzman's 76-game run with the Padres was his .346 average at spacious Petco Park.