Now Commenting On:

Alonso in a rhythm at plate

Alonso in a rhythm at plate play video for Alonso in a rhythm at plate

CINCINNATI -- Yonder Alonso had a slow start to the 2014 campaign, hitting .167 in the month of April. But the first baseman has put together a solid first half of May, hitting .281 (9-for-32) on the month through Tuesday. Over his previous five games entering Wednesday, Alonso was hitting .412 (7-for-17) with two doubles.

"Just rhythm," Alonso said of what has changed for him recently. "Just relaxing at the plate and making sure I get a good pitch to hit. For me, it's always just a matter of time before I'm gonna start hitting, doing the things I want to do. But rhythm goes along way.

"… I just think I've been focusing a lot more on my work pregame, during batting practice and in the game. I've been locked-in and focused. I think if you do a good job of working before the game and making sure those things are solid, everything else will get taken care of in the game.

Alonso was 0-for-3 in the series opener against Cincinnati on Tuesday, but said that a hitless game will happen from time to time, and doesn't take away from the groove he's in.

"That's baseball, man," he said. "It's not every day you're gonna go 3-for-3. It's just part of the game and you've just got to continue to work and continue to have solid work in the cage and so on and so forth. And just keep going."

The Padres hope that Alonso's good at-bats do keep going, as the recent returns of Chase Headley and Carlos Quentin to the San Diego lineup could finally give an offense that struggled until last weekend a big lift.

"It's great. It gives us a boost," Alonso said of having Headley and now Quentin back. "We have a lot of weapons and guys that can get it done. It's definitely a lot of fun. We have a good group of guys, lefty-righty matchups too, and guys that can hit for power and average. It's fun to see those guys and know they're going to be on base when you're hitting."

Manny Randhawa is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Boys and Girls Club of America

©2014 MLBAM, LP. All rights reserved.

The following are trademarks or service marks of Major League Baseball entities and may be used only with permission of Major League Baseball Properties, Inc. or the relevant Major League Baseball entity: Major League, Major League Baseball, MLB, the silhouetted batter logo, World Series, National League, American League, Division Series, League Championship Series, All-Star Game, and the names, nicknames, logos, uniform designs, color combinations, and slogans designating the Major League Baseball clubs and entities, and their respective mascots, events and exhibitions. Use of the Website signifies your agreement to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy (updated May 24, 2013).

View MLB.com in English | En Español