SAN DIEGO -- When Yasmani Grandal connected for a pinch-hit home run in the eighth inning on Friday, it gave the Padres four pinch-hit home runs this season in just 28 at-bats.
On nine other occasions in franchise history, the Padres have finished with four pinch-hit home runs -- during an entire season. Take 1996, when the team had four of them in 256 at-bats.
"It's been pretty good," said Padres manager Bud Black. "We have a couple of guys that can do it. When you have those guys, the other team worries about it. Power is a weapon, power is real."
The four pinch-hit home runs are the most in the Major Leagues this season. The second-place Pirates have done it twice. The only Major League team to have more pinch-hit home runs through the first 17 games of the season was the 2001 D-backs with five in 17 games.
"Going back [to days as a player], I'm remembering certain guys on that bench that might pinch-hit, if there's a threat of a homer or damage, it's disconcerting," Black said. "In most cases when a guy pinch-hits, the game is in the balance. One swing of the bat can change the complexion of the game."