When they're loaded, Venable is locked in

When they're loaded, Venable is locked in

SAN DIEGO -- Will Venable's walk-off single on Wednesday came in the 10th inning with the bases loaded, a time in the batter's box where Venable seems to be most comfortable.

According to Elias, Venable is now hitting 19-for-48 in his career with the bases loaded, with a batting average of .396. That's the third best average with the bags full (minimum 30 at-bats) in club history behind Phil Nevin (.506) and Tony Gwynn (.444).

Coming up with the bases loaded allows Venable to be more selective and sit on one pitch, because he knows the pitcher can't afford to walk him.

"There are situations where you know that the pressure is on the pitcher," Venable said. "Obviously, with the bases loaded, it makes things a lot more simple for you, because you know all that pressure's on the pitcher.

"That mindset makes things easier."

Venable's game-winner on Wednesday was the third walk-off hit of his career and the first since May 20 of last season against the Angels.

Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. Keep track of @FollowThePadres on Twitter. Jamal Collier is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.