Slam Diego! Cronenworth hits Padres' 5th slam in 6 games
By BERNIE WILSON AP Sports Writer
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Trent Grisham hit three home runs and rookie Jake Cronenworth launched a grand slam in a wild nine-run second inning Saturday night, making the San Diego Padres the first team in major league history to hit five slams in six games as they cruised to a 13-2 rout of the Houston Astros.
Earlier in the week, the Padres became the first club to hit a grand slam in four straight games.
Grisham had his first three-homer game and drove in a career-high six runs. Zach Davies (4-2), who came over from Milwaukee with Grisham in an offseason deal, pitched eight brilliant innings to give the beat-up bullpen a much-needed rest and help the Padres win their sixth consecutive game.
Cronenworth drove a 3-1 pitch from Humberto Castellanos into the home run deck in right field to give San Diego an 11-1 lead. It was San Diego’s third homer of the inning and fifth of the game. The home run deck now has a number of mannequins wearing Padres gear, and the ball landed near one wearing a Slam Diego No. 4 jersey.
Cronenworth, obtained along with outfielder Tommy Pham in an offseason trade with Tampa Bay, became the 20th Padres rookie to hit a grand slam. It was his third homer of the year and he had his first three-hit game.
Earlier in the week, the Padres hit grand slams in four straight games during a sweep of the Texas Rangers in a home-and-home series.
That onslaught started with Fernando Tatis Jr.’s slam Monday night on a 3-0 count with a seven-run lead, reigniting a debate about etiquette and baseball’s so-called “unwritten rules.” Wil Myers hit a slam on Tuesday, Manny Machado had a walk-off grand slam in the 10th inning Wednesday night and Eric Hosmer capped the run with a historic shot on Thursday night.
Hosmer batted with the bases loaded Friday night but grounded out.
On Saturday night, Myers opened the second inning with a homer and Grisham hit a three-run shot with one out, with Cronenworth aboard on a single. Tatis was hit by a pitch from rookie Brandon Bielak (3-1), who made way for Castellanos. Both teams were warned by the umpires, and Houston’s Martin Maldonado was ejected from the dugout.
Grisham also hit a leadoff shot and Machado had a solo shot with one out in the first.
The six homers tied the Padres’ home record set Aug. 9 against Arizona.
Davies held the Astros to two runs and four hits while striking out seven and walking two in going eight innings for the second time in his career.
Davies retired 11 straight batters between allowing Yuli Gurriel’s sacrifice fly in the first inning and Taylor Jones’ first career homer in the fifth.
Bielak allowed seven runs and five hits in 1 1/3 innings, struck out two and walked one.
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