With a full count and full bases in the bottom of the 10th inning, on top of a 3-2 deficit, Manny Machado knew he had the biggest green light to swing away.
The grand slam was San Diego’s third in as many games, while also being the second by Machado this season. Only four other teams have hit three grand slams in three games and the Padres are the first to do it since the White Sox back in 2006.
Fernando Tatis Jr., the MLB’s leader in a plethora of categories, also hit his league-leading 12th home run last night. He finished 2-of-4 at the plate with an additional single in the fifth. Jurickson Profar also homered on the evening, recording his fourth of the season.
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The Padres owned a 2-1 lead that was kept safe all the way until the ninth before RF Joey Gallo hit a solo shot to over the right field fence to send things into extra innings. In the top of the tenth, LF Willie Calhoun reached on an infield single which scored OF Nick Solak and filled up the bases. Fortunately for San Diego, Tim Hill got Gallo to fly out for the final out of the inning.
With a Profar starting as the runner on second, IF Greg Garcia sacrificed to move him over to third with Trent Grisham and Tatis due up next. After walking both Grisham and Tatis, Machado made his magic happen.
Starter Chris Paddack pitched a strong six innings, allowing four hits, the lone home run, and struck out five. The Rangers’ Lance Lynn went seven full innings and allowed eight hits, two runs, and had 6 Ks.
The Padres will be back in Petco Park this evening at 5:10pm. Dinelson “El Flaco” Lamet (2-1) is the Friars’ guy tonight on the mound and he’ll be set to take on righty Kyle Gibson (1-2)