SAN DIEGO -- The hits are coming. Chase Headley is certain of that.
"It's really close," he said Thursday.
The hint for Headley to know this is based on how his swing feels. And despite hitting .178 in his last 10 games before Thursday's game against the Mariners, he's generally having better swings at the plate, he said.
"I had a week where I didn't feel great about it," Headley said of his swing. "But both games in Seattle and a couple in Arizona, I felt like I was swinging pretty well. I just wasn't getting the results."
Headley, who has gone 12 games without a multi-hit game, had a home run in Wednesday's 2-1 victory over the Mariners, a sign for him that he's getting very close to finding the kind of consistency with his swing he essentially had the entire second half of last season.
Headley entered Thursday hitting .259, the lowest point it's been since he was 11 games into the season. Headley missed the first 14 games of the season after fracturing the tip of his left thumb while sliding in a Spring Training game.
"I was jumpy, especially from the left side, trying to go get the ball," Headley said. "I just didn't have the feel I wanted. But really, the last couple of series, I've been happier with my swings."
The home run on Wednesday snapped streak of 15 games and 55 at-bats without one, before he connected for a solo shot against Seattle's Joe Saunders.
Padres recall Vincent from Triple-A
SAN DIEGO -- The Padres recalled pitcher Nick Vincent from Triple-A Tucson on Thursday and optioned reliever Anthony Bass to Tucson.
Vincent received the phone call from Tucson manager Pat Murphy late Wednesday, after he went out to dinner with his girlfriend, which he said shocked him a little.
"I've been throwing the ball well, but at the same time, anybody can be called up at any time, so I didn't think I deserved it more than anyone else," Vincent said. "But I'm just going to take advantage and go with it."
Vincent had pitched all season with Tucson, but could have started the year with the Major League club had he not developed an inflamed tendon in his lower right forearm near the end of Spring Training.
Vincent said it took nearly the entire first month of the season to really get his arm strength back. He went 4-3 with a 4.15 ERA with 17 strikeouts in 20 appearances. Vincent had a 1.80 ERA in his last 10 appearances.
San Diego manager Bud Black said he liked how Vincent had been pitching during his past few appearances, which led him to recall the 26-year old right-hander. Vincent pitched well for the Padres 2012, going 2-0 with a 1.71 ERA with 28 strikeouts in 27 appearances.
"In comparison to some of the other guys [at Triple-A], Nick had pitched well," Black said.
For Bass, he will get a chance to work on some adjustments with his mechanics in Triple-A. He'll serve as a starter, but that's just to allow him to get more innings. He's posted a 4.55 ERA in 31 2/3 innings this season, and Black said he wants him to work on his consistency.
But Black thought it was most important for Bass to take a step back.
"I think I noticed a little bit of a frustration level with Anthony, maybe just a little bit of a confidence thing, that I think we needed to halt and get him back on track," Black said.
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.