Maybin hitting to all fields during hot stretch

Maybin hitting to all fields during hot stretch

SAN DIEGO -- It's no accident that Padres center fielder Cameron Maybin's hot stretch at the plate has seen him use the entire field more than he did earlier in the season.

Maybin went into Wednesday's series finale against the Pirates at Petco Park with 10 hits in his last 13 at-bats over three games, with six of those hits going to either center field or right field.

"The saying is 'There are a lot of hits over there,'" said Maybin, a right-handed hitter who has two hits to right field and four to center field in this recent stretch.

Maybin, who is hitting .297 this month, has raised his average from .211 to .230 in the past three games. That's the highest his average has been since April 10.

"I'm just taking what they're giving me," Maybin said. "But the contact [rate] has been better and a lot of my hits have found holes. Sometimes they fall, sometimes they don't. But the biggest thing for me is to keep competing."

Maybin tied his career high with four hits in Tuesday's 7-5 victory over the Pirates in 10 innings. He had four hits two days earlier against the Giants.