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

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.