The Padres made history this week when they hit four grand slams in as many games during the team’s latest series against the Rangers. On Saturday night, after their 4-3 win over the Astros on Friday, Slam Diego returned to it’s explosive ways with their fifth grand slam - this one by Jake Cronenworth - and flooded Houston to the tune of 13-2.
On top of their latest slam, the Padres hit six home runs at Petco Park for the second time this season and once again tying their record mark in their home stadium. Oh yeah, and Trent Grisham, who hadn’t recorded a home run since August 3, hit three of them on the night.
I don’t know what’s in the water at Petco, but let’s keep it flowing freely for the foreseeable future.
Just like in game one, the Astros got on the board first with a sacrifice fly from 1B Yuli Gurriel which scored 2B Jose Altuve from second.
On the other side of the first, Grisham and Manny Machado both recorded solo deep shots to give San Diego a lead that they would never relinquish.
When the game crossed into the bottom of the second, all hell broke loose - but in good way.
Wil Myers got the offensive eruption going with a solo home run to push the lead to 3-1. Three batters later, with Cronenworth and Jurickson Profar sitting on second and third, Grisham smacked his second deep shot of the game. After another of trio of batters, with two outs on the board, Ty France singled to center which scored Tatis Jr. and pushed Machado into second.
A reach by Wil Myers on an infield single set the stage for Cronenworth’s grand slam and we all know how that situation ended.
With a massive 10-run lead, Zach Davies went to work. He pitched eight innings on the night and allowed just four hits, two runs, and struck out seven. Luis Perdomo closed the final inning, allowing a single hit.
Grisham finished 4-of-5 at the plate with six RBIs, three runs scored, and his three home runs. Machado recorded another multi-hit game, joining Myers with a stat line that included two runs scored, an RBI, and a solo home run. Cronenworth went 3-of-4 with his slam and four RBIs with three runs scored.
The Padres will get the talented Zach Greinke (1-0) on the mound tonight while they’ll be trotting out 21-year old Adrian Morejon (0-0). Opening pitch is scheduled for 1:00pm this afternoon.