Yasmani Grandal hit a two-run pinch-hit homer in the eighth inning that propelled the San Diego Padres to an 8-6 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks Wednesday night and their first ever three-game sweep in Phoenix.
Grandal has now homered in four of his six hits and was the seventh player since 1900 to homer in his first three hits. He hit David Hernandez's pitch just over the right field fence. Justin Upton made a leaping try for the catch but the ball bounced off his glove.
Jason Kubel, who had a grand slam for Arizona in Tuesday night's 9-5 loss, hit a three-run homer.
The Padres won their season-best fifth straight and earned their second three-game sweep of the year. Arizona has lost five in a row.
In front of 48,819 - Arizona's first home sellout since the season opener - the Padres won their first series in Phoenix since May of 2009. Before this week, San Diego had gone 1-7 at Chase since then.
Luke Gregerson (2-0) struck out the only two batters he faced i...
Despite how well Mat Latos has been pitching with the Reds the off-season trade may go down as one of San Diego’s best if both 1B Yonder Alonso and C Yasmani Grandal stick as regulars to go along with pitchers Edison Volquez and Brad Boxberger. Elsewhere in the system another big month for Tommy Medica in Lake Elsinore and who is Yeison Asencio?
"I always thought that record would stand until it was broken." - Yogi Berra
On Monday evening, San Diego Padre rookie catcher Yasmani Grandal became the seventh player since 1900 whose first three hits were home runs. The others do achieve this feat were Chick Fullis, Ed Sanicki, Billy Conigliaro, Mike Greenwell, Alfonso Soriano, and Keith McDonald.