The Dodgers entered the 9th inning leading by a run, but the Padres loaded the bases with two bunt singles before Hunter Renfroe hit a walk-off Grand Slam against Kenley Jansen as the Padres came back to stun the Dodgers 8-5.
In all honesty, Renfore’s Grand Slam shouldn’t come as a surprise. The Padres have been crushing Dodger pitching for the entire series. They hit 6 homers in the series and none of them were cheap shots.
As they did all series, the Padres got on the board first against Dodger pitching. In fact, the Padres scored 4 runs off Kenta Maeda before the Dodgers managed to score.
Franmil Reyes got the Padres on the board in the first when he crushed a solo homer. Maeda threw a fastball to his target, but the ball never made it there. Instead, it left Reyes’ bat at 110 mph and landed 447 feet from home plate.
The Padres added a run in the second inning and two more in the 4th to take a 4-0 lead. In the second, Francisco Mejía hit a triple that banged off the “jury box” in right field. Then in the 4th, Greg Garcia hit an RBI double and Mejía hit a sac fly.
The Dodgers then battled back and took the lead thanks to a pair of homers. In the 5th, Max Muncy hit a 3-run homer for the second straight game. Then in the 6th, Chris Taylor hit a two-run homer to give the Dodgers a 5-4 lead.
Things were looking good, but disaster struck in the 9th. Eric Hosmer hit an “innocent” single to lead off the inning. But then the Padres put two more men on base with bunt singles. No not one, TWO.
The first bunt, by Manuel Margot, was a perfect bunt that wouldn’t roll foul. But the next bunt single was the Dodgers’ fault. When Wil Myers squared to bunt, the Dodgers, it seemed weren’t on the same page about their defense. As a result, the Padres loaded the bases.
At this point, Renfroe’s homer was inevitable. The Padres had already been crushing the ball this weekend, so one more wouldn’t be that much harder. Jansen didn’t even throw a terrible pitch, but Renfroe got his barrel on the ball and crushed it.
The Dodgers are headed back to Los Angeles to host the Atlanta Braves. The Braves sit at 18-16 and are 1.5 games behind the Phillies in the NL East. Kevin Gausman (1-2, 4.83 ERA) will take the mound for the Braves in the series opener against Walker Buehler (3-0, 5.22 ERA). Despite his W/L record, Buehler has not pitched well this year.