Forsythe's return a welcome sight for Padres

Forsythe's return a welcome sight for Padres

Published Jun. 6, 2012 3:53 p.m. ET

Carlos Quentin was clearly the Padres' biggest injury loss during spring training.

But the Padres lost another player to surgery at the start of the exhibition season. And while Logan Forsythe's name didn't carry the cache of Quentin's, he was still a huge loss. The Padres figured Forsythe would open the season as their top bat in the middle infield and possibly unseat Orlando Hudson at second.

Forsythe, however, had surgery March 9 to remove a fractured sesamoid bone from the ball of his left foot. Quentin had surgery 10 days later to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee.

Both were on the disabled list until last week. And on Tuesday night in San Diego, both figured prominently in the Padres' 6-5 victory over the San Francisco Giants.

Forsythe hit his first major league homer the 410-foot blast into the second deck in left at Petco Park doubling as a walk-off homer. And Quentin had two homers in the game giving him five homers in his first 23 at-bats as a Padre.

Quentin made his Padres debut May 22 in Chicago. Forsythe came off the 60-day disabled list Sunday.

Since his return, Quentin is 12-for-23 with four doubles, five homers (including a pair of two-homer games) and nine RBI. He has a .522 batting average and a 1.348 slugging percentage. Quentin is the only Padre to more than three home runs in his first six games.

Forsythe, meanwhile is 4-for-6 in his first two starts with a double, a triple and a homer. In addition to his ninth-inning shot Tuesday night, Forsythe made one of the Padres' best defensive plays of the season he gloved a hit in short right field, spun around and threw out speedy Angel Pagan, who was trying to go from first base to third.

"Nothing better, walking off at home," said Forsythe.