Myers' near cycle provides needed spark

Myers' near cycle provides needed spark

SAN DIEGO -- Wil Myers ignited the scoring for the Padres on Wednesday night, helping to lead his team to a much-needed 14-6 win over the Mariners.

From his first at-bat -- a solo home run in the first -- to his last -- a deep sacrifice fly to center field -- Myers was locked in at the plate, and fell a triple shy of hitting for the cycle.

"I thought Wil was outstanding," said Padres manager Andy Green. "He looked like he just about had a cycle there if that [fly ball in the eighth inning] had gotten down. So we were all pulling for that.

"He swung the bat very well, looked like he was behind the baseball really well today, driving it to all fields."

While "driving the ball to all fields" is often a phrase imbued with hyperbole, that wasn't the case on Wednesday night.

Myers launched a 98-mph fastball into the right-field stands during his first at-bat, singled to center field on a 96-mph fastball during his second at-bat and doubled to left field during his fourth trip to the plate.

"Yeah, I felt good," he said. "Got some good pitches to hit today and was able to put good swings on them."

While Green was pulling for Myers to get the triple that would round out a cycle in the sixth inning, Myers said he wasn't even thinking about the possibility. When he sent a deep fly ball to Norichika Aoki in center field, he was only concerned with whether he'd just made an out.

"Honestly, I was watching [Aoki] to see if he was going to catch it," Myers said. "I wasn't even thinking about the triple. I didn't even think about it honestly.

"So, nah, [the cycle] didn't really matter. At least I got the RBI."

Myers might have come short of hitting for the cycle, but he sparked San Diego's offense and kept it hot throughout the night, finishing 3-for-4 with two runs and three RBIs to go along with his eighth home run of the season.

With Wednesday night's performance, Myers is hitting .333 (14-for-42) in his last 11 games.

Carlos Collazo is a reporter for based in San Diego. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.