Sometimes things can get a little fuzzy after an entire year of watching baseball from anywhere other than the ballpark. The occasional memory refresher can come in handy. Here’s a reminder of what we may have missed while most of us were still staying at home.
The Padres (54-40) defeated the Washington Nationals (42-48) in the first of three games at Nationals Park by a score of 24-8. Chris Paddack (5-6, 5.49) allowed four runs on five hits and a walk with two strikeouts in five innings. Juan Soto hit a three-run home run in the first inning. Josh Harrison scored on a ground out by Jordy Mercer in the fourth inning. Soto hit a solo home run and Gerardo Parra hit a three-run home run in the sixth inning.
Erick Fedde (4-7, 5.32) gave up six runs on three hits and four walks with a strikeout in one and a third innings. Fernando Tatis Jr. scored on Manny Machado‘s single, an Eric Hosmer single drove in Machado, and Tommy Pham stole home on a double steal in the first inning. Jake Cronenworth doubled to drive in Victor Caratini & Trent Grisham, a Hosmer single scored Tatis Jr., and Wil Myers hit a grand slam home run with Machado, Pham, & Hosmer on base in the second inning. Cronenworth’s third inning triple drove in Tatis Jr. Pham scored on Hosmer’s fourth inning double. Cronenworth hit a solo home run in the fifth inning. In the sixth inning, Pham hit a solo home run, Myers hit a two-run home run with Hosmer on base, Brian O’Grady & Grisham scored on a Tatis Jr. single, and Ha-Seong Kim scored on Pham’s single. In the eighth inning, Pham scored on a Myers single, an O’Grady single drove in Webster Rivas & Myers, and a Grisham single drove in Caratini. Jorge Mateo hit a solo home run in the ninth inning.
With a single in the sixth inning, Cronenworth completed hitting for the cycle, the third one in Padres history and the first outside of Coors Field in Denver.
The 24 runs scored by the Padres were the most in a single game in franchise history.