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On this Date in Padres History 5/9/1993: Padres defeat Cubs despite Mark Grace hitting for cycle

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If you were Grace, would you rather have the win or the cycle?

On this date in San Diego Padres history, the Friars were able to pull out a 5-4 victory over the Cubs despite Chicago first baseman Mark Grace becoming the tenth player in franchise history to hit for the cycle. It took Grace - or sometimes known as “Amazing” by his teammates - until the bottom of the ninth inning to complete the cycle when he cranked a three-run homer to deep centerfield.

The Padres were led by catcher Bob Geren’s three hits, including a solo home run at the top of the seventh inning. First baseman Fred McGriff also finished with a pair of hits and two RBIs, along with his own solo home run at the top of the eighth. Tony Gwynn also chipped in two hits and brought home a run.

Aside from Grace, the Cubs benefitted from shortstop Jose Vizcaino’s two runs scored to help keep things close.