On May 5, San Diego Padres outfielder, Hunter Renfroe hit a pinch-hit walk-off grand slam off of Kenley Jansen, which gave the Padres their only win of the series.
The Padres were able to get out to early leads in all three game of the sold-out weekend series at Petco Park, but their bullpen faltered in all three games.
In Game 1, closer Kirby Yates gave up the game-winning single by Dodgers first basemen Max Muncy. In the second game, he was overthrowing his fastball, so he was not able to find the strike zone. He walked Alex Verdugo with the bases loaded to hand Los Angeles their second win of the series.
Yates was unavailable for the third game on Sunday, but Padres manager Andy Green never needed a closer because Renfroe’s home run was in the bottom of the ninth inning.
The bottom of the ninth inning began with two bunts by outfielders Manuel Margot and Wil Myers, which was followed up by an Eric Hosmer single to load the bases with no outs.
Greg Garcia struck out looking and Francisco Mejia popped up to first base to bring up the pitcher’s spot.
Renfroe would pinch hit, and take a strike down the middle. Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen threw him the same pitch and he capitalized.
Renfroe homered to the third deck of the Western Metal Supply Building in left field to send Petco Park into a frenzy.
He was overjoyed after he hit the grand slam to give his club the win to avoid a sweep. “It’s incredible. You can’t say how it feels unless you’ve done it,” Renfroe said. “This is my second walk-off home run and there’s nothing like it in this world. You can hit a home run in the first inning, second inning, it’s nothing compared to a walk-off, in this situation against the Dodgers.”
The Padres welcome the New York Mets for their final series of the homestand.