Padres rally for huge comeback win thanks to rookie pitcher Daniel Camarena’s grand slam
With a beginning pitching match of Max Scherzer for the Washington Nationals and Yu Darvish of the San Diego Padres, runs figured to be at a premium Thursday night.
However neither ace made it past the 4th inning and an obscure reducer, one simply promoted from the minors, took the spotlight as the Padres rallied for a 9-8 walk-off triumph.
Journeyman Daniel Camarena, in simply his 2nd big league look, struck a grand slam off Scherzer throughout a seven-run 4th inning to assist fuel San Diego’s return from an eight-run deficit to win, connecting a franchise record.
And to top it off, the slam was the 28-year-old Camarena’s very first big league hit.
The Nationals developed their early lead on the strength of a set of crowning achievement from All-Star shortstop Trea Turner.
Darvish quit 6 runs in 3 innings.
Nevertheless, the Padres turned the tables in the 4th, scoring 7 runs and knocking Scherzer out after 3 2/3 innings.
Then, with ball game incorporated the bottom of the ninth, center fielder Trent Grisham provided an RBI single for the game-winner.
It was a step of redemption for Grisham, who 2 years earlier as a member of the Milwaukee Makers made a mistake in the one-game NL wild-card playoff that caused a Nationals return triumph — and kick-started the Nats’ go to a World Series title.
This short article initially appeared on U.S.A. TODAY: Daniel Camarena strikes grand slam off Max Scherzer in Padres return
Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.