Former West Virginia standout Jedd Gyorko belted his first major league home run on Wednesday night, an eighth-inning solo shot off Chicago Cubs starter Scott Feldman.
The Padres second baseman, a preseason rookie of the year favorite after combining for 30 homers last season between Double-A and Triple-A, finally went deep in the big leagues on his 96th at-bat. Gyorko’s blast to left-center, his ninth RBI of the season, ended Feldman’s shutout bid, though the Cubs won 6-2.
Watch Gyorko’s home run here courtesy of the MLB.com.
“I’m glad to get it over with,” he told The San Diego Union-Tribune. “I hope it doesn’t take me another hundred at-bats to get the second one. I’ve been swinging the bat better of late.”
Gyorko’s 1-for-3 night raised his batting average to .250, up from .210 nine games ago.