SAN DIEGO -- Don't expect Padres catcher Nick Hundley to hang his head, even though he's still looking for his first hit of the season. "It's a constant process," Hundley said. "This is a tough game. But at the same time, I don't think I have been as sharp as I was in Spring Training." Hundley entered Thursday's game against the D-backs as the only player in the Major Leagues with no hits in at least 20 plate appearances.
"I've had some pitches to hit, and I'm swinging at the pitches I want to swing at," said Hundley, who got the start behind the plate on Thursday. Hundley, who entered the game hitless in 15 at-bats with five walks, has struck out five times. But he's certain things will turn for him. He entered the season having hit .432 in 37 at-bats in Spring Training. That followed a second half to last season in which he hit .367 after Aug. 12, an average that ranked fourth among all Major League players. Hundley had a .844 OPS during that stretch. "My job is to be productive in this offense," Hundley said. "It needs to get better in a hurry."