Numbers don't lie: Hundley's hitting on the rise

Numbers don't lie: Hundley's hitting on the rise

SAN FRANCISCO -- It's not just Nick Hundley's batting average that has been on the rise since an 0-for-21 start, but his line-drive rate is trending upward, as well.

Entering Saturday's game against the Giants, the Padres catcher had a 17.8 percent line-drive rate, which is still down from 21.2 percent a year ago. Also, his fly-ball rate (44.4 percent) is higher than 2011 (37.5).

But as Hundley said Saturday, he thinks he's making inroads toward hitting more line drives than fly balls. Three of his four hits on Friday qualified as line drives.

"You could say that's coming back to where it needs to be," Hundley said.

That's because Hundley is 15 for his last 38 (.395) after tying his career high with four hits in the Padres' 5-3 victory over the Giants on Friday.

He's squared more balls up during this recent stretch and has even gotten a few bloops to fall in for hits -- something that didn't often happen during a fitful stretch at the plate to start the season.

His fourth hit Friday was a bloop single to center field in the seventh inning, and it came as the result of a good swing, going with a sinker down and away.

"I put a good swing on it," said Hundley, who also broke his bat on the play. "If I take a bad swing, then I roll over on it and hit into a double play."