Piling up hits, Smith trying to make All-Star case

Piling up hits, Smith trying to make All-Star case

SAN FRANCISCO -- Seth Smith had two hits again Tuesday in the Padres' 7-2 victory over the Giants, which is becoming a very familiar occurrence for the San Diego outfielder.

Smith went into Wednesday's series finale with the Giants with 63 hits, trailing only Everth Cabrera (69) for the team lead.

Better still, Smith has a .294 average with eight home runs and 24 RBIs in his first season with the Padres and has easily been the best offensive player on a team that has struggled to score runs.

"Seth has been swinging pretty good all year long," said Padres manager Bud Black.

Will it be enough to make him a Padres representative at next month's All-Star Game? Smith isn't on the ballot, so he'll need a lot of help.

It's not too late to make a push for the Padres on the National League ballot.

San Diego players on the ballot include shortstop Cabrera, first baseman Yonder Alonso, second baseman Jedd Gyorko, third baseman Chase Headley, catcher Yasmani Grandal and outfielders Chris Denorfia, Carlos Quentin and Will Venable.

Fans can cast their votes for starters at MLB.com -- online or on a mobile device -- using the 2014 All-Star Game MLB.com Ballot Sponsored by Experian until Thursday, July 3, at 8:59 p.m. PT. The 2014 All-Star Game will be played at Target Field on Tuesday, July 15 on FOX.

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