Originally posted on Baseball Prospectus  |  Last updated 7/2/12
The Weekend Takeaway The Padres became the first major-league team to hit 50 losses this season when they went down, 10-2, to the Rockies on Friday, but the weekend also provided the Petco Park faithful with a glimpse into their future. Rookie catcher Yasmani Grandal—acquired as part of the return package when right-hander Mat Latos was shipped to Cincinnati this past offseason—made his first big-league start on Saturday, batting fifth in manager Bud Black’s lineup and facing fellow first-year Christian Friedrich. Three at-bats later, Grandal had made history. After flying out to right in the second inning, the switch-hitting Grandal did this in the fourth off Friedrich and this in the sixth off Jeremy Guthrie, making him the first player in major-league history to notch his first two career hits by hitting home runs from each side of the plate. The sixth-inning homer gave San Diego a lead it would not relinquish in the 8-4 win. If there is a saving grace for Padres fans, with
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