June 28, 2007
Clemson, SC – Former Clemson All-American Khalil Greene hit his 13th home run of the year, his sixth in the last 10 games, to help the San Diego Padres to a 4-2 victory over the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday afternoon in San Francisco. Greene’s home run helped San Diego veteran pitcher Greg Maddux to his 340th career victory.
Greene has been on the best power streak of his five years in the Major Leagues. He hit two home runs against the Boston Red Sox on June 23, hit one against San Francisco on June 26 and another on Wednesday. Over the last 10 games he has six home runs, 11 runs batted in and is hitting .341.
For the season, Greene now has 13 home runs, just two shy of his career high for a season. He hit 15 home runs each of the last three years, and now has 60 for his career that dates to September of 2003. He now is second in home runs among Major League shortstops. Only Milwaukee Brewers shortstop J.J. Hardy has more with 18. Greene’s 45 RBIs are fourth best among Major League shortstops.
For the season, Greene’s 13 home runs, 45 RBIs and 21 doubles rank second best on the Padres team. It marks the fourth straight year Greene has recorded at least 20 doubles. That was his specialty as a Clemson Tiger, as he finished his career with an NCAA record 95 between 1999-2002.
Greene was the National Player of the Year for Clemson in 2002 when he led the Tigers to the Final Four of the College World Series. He hit .470 that season, the highest average in Clemson history among players with at least 100 at bats.
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