Aug 1, 2014; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Padres first baseman Tommy Medica (center) is congratulated by catcher Rene Rivera (left) after hitting a two run home run that drove in shortstop Everth Cabrera (right) during the first inning against the Atlanta Braves at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

Padres explode for 20 hits at Petco Park for the first time since 2005

San Diego, CA- The San Diego Padres continued their unexpected offensive explosion to begin the second half last night, racking 20 hits against the Braves at Petco Park for the first time since 2005.

This is only the fourth time the Padres have gotten 20 hits in a game since 2010 and the first time 2012.

The Padres have now scored 71 runs in their 14 games since the all-star break, the most in the National League.

According to ESPN Stats & Info the Padres have lead the National League averaging  5.1 runs per game since the All-Star break.

The return of a healthy Jedd Gyorko and Everth Cabrera to the lineup has lead the offensive charge the past week, as they have looked like their old offensive self from last season.

The additions of  Solarte, Nelson and Francoeur have also helped improve the Padres offense the past month. Lets make this clear none of these guys are impact hitters, but they are decent hitters who are more talented and more experienced major league players then some of the players that took the field for the Padres in the 1st half.

Tommy Medica has also been a big key to the offensive outbreak and last night had the best game of his career going 5 for 5 with two home runs, four RBI’s and four runs scored. According to Padres Communications Coordinator Patrick Kurish, Tommy Medica is the first player in Padres franchise history to collect 11 total bases and steal a base in a single game. Tommy Medica also now is one of two rookies in Padres franchise history with five hits in one game.

For Tommy Medica this was his first multi-home run game in his career and he became the 28th Padre to have a multi-homer game in Petco Park history.

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