Gwynn rounding into all-around catalyst

Gwynn rounding into all-around catalyst

PHOENIX -- Hidden in Monday night's 6-5 loss to the D-backs was the fact that Tony Gwynn Jr. almost single-handedly won the game for the Padres.

Gwynn singled in each of his last three at-bats. He stole second in the seventh and scored the go-ahead run on a double by Kevin Kouzmanoff. He hustled from first to third on an Adrian Gonzalez base hit to left in the fifth, only to be stranded there with nobody out.

The good news for the club's immediate future -- including the final two games of this three-game set at Chase Field -- is that Gwynn seems to be more and more comfortable in the type of offensive game he's playing.

"Yeah, but at the end of the day if it doesn't translate into a 'W,' it doesn't mean anything at this point," Gwynn said. "Obviously, personally, it's nice. It's always nice to help put the team in the position to win a ballgame. But if it doesn't equate to a 'W,' it doesn't really mean anything to me. I want to win. I think everybody in here does."

It does mean something to his manager, Bud Black, who is watching Gwynn develop since the trade that sent Jody Gerut to Milwaukee on May 21 in exchange for the left-handed hitter. Gwynn is hitting .304 with 26 runs scored, and that latter stat is the one Black is using to judge him.

"That's his game," Black said. "Not that we have to nudge him, but I told him right away when he got here, 'Play your game.' And that, to me, is to get on base, run the bases aggressively and score runs. There's a lot of ways to be productive. But his productivity is based on the number of runs he scores, at least it is for me."

Pitching matchup
SD: RHP Kevin Correia (5-6, 4.58 ERA)
In a 7-2 loss to the Astros at PETCO Park, Correia snapped his streak of five consecutive quality starts. He allowed six runs on eight hits in five innings of work. Most disappointing to Correia was the three-run homer he surrendered in the fifth inning, which put the Padres down, 6-0. As the effective staff ace now that Chris Young and Jake Peavy are on the 15-day disabled list, Correia has carried heightened responsibility on his shoulders. "I didn't have the command. I didn't have the same stuff that I was throwing the last few starts," Correia said. "That's going to happen, but I was battling through. I just kind of gave it up that last inning. That's the only inning that bothers me."

ARI: LHP Doug Davis (3-8, 3.15 ERA)
The bullpen cost Davis his fourth win Thursday, blowing a 2-1 lead in the ninth inning against the Reds. Davis was impressive again, but he didn't factor in the decision for the third consecutive start. He has allowed just three runs in 21 innings over those three starts. Coincidentally, Davis' last win was against the Padres on June 5. He pitched six innings and allowed three hits in an 8-0 win in San Diego.

Tidbits
First baseman Gonzalez is only the third Padre in history to be named to participate in the State Farm Home Run Derby, which will take place Monday night in St. Louis. The other two Padres were Gary Sheffield and Fred McGriff, who both represented San Diego when the event and game were staged at Jack Murphy Stadium in 1992. Sheffield hit four homers and McGriff hit three. Mark McGwire, then playing for the A's, led with 12 as the American League defeated the National League in that old format, 27-13. Barry Bonds and Larry Walker were the other two NL participants. ... When David Eckstein went on the disabled list Monday because of a strained right hamstring, it was the 18th time in a half-season the Padres have had to put a player on the DL. Cliff Floyd is the only Padre who's been on it twice. He's currently on the 60-day DL with a torn labrum in his right shoulder.

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Up next
• Wednesday: Padres (Chad Gaudin, 4-7, 5.35) at Diamondbacks (Max Scherzer, 5-6, 3.73), 12:40 p.m. PT
• Thursday: Padres (Josh Geer, 1-3, 5.46) at Giants (Tim Lincecum, 9-2, 2.23), 7:15 p.m. PT
• Friday: Padres (TBD) at Giants (Randy Johnson, 8-6, 4.81), 7:15 p.m. PT

Barry M. Bloom is a national reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.