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An MLB first: Grandal homers with first two hits in Padres' win over Rockies

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DENVER -- Yasmani Grandal stepped off the plane and made baseball history.

Grandal, called up from Triple-A before Saturday's game, homered from both sides of the plate for his first two hits in the majors and led the San Diego Padres to an 8-4 win over the Colorado Rockies.

"I can't describe how remarkable this is," Grandal said. "Just getting the call-up was surreal. To get called up and hit two home runs for my first two hits, it's just incredible."

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It was the first time a player has homered from both sides of the plate for his first two major league hits, according to the Padres, with information supplied from Elias Sports Bureau.

Alexi Amarista, who hit a grand slam Thursday in Houston for his first big league homer, connected in consecutive innings for the Padres.

Grandal, who had one at-bat in his debut four weeks ago, flew out to right in the second before he hit a solo home run in the fourth off Christian Friedrich.

He said after fouling a ball off his foot in the second he felt zoned in on Friedrich's delivery.

"I told [hitting coach Phil] Plantier, 'Don't worry, I'm pretty sure I've got this guy,"' Grandal said. "You could see his fastball. If you looked for it you could hit it. He made a mistake and he left it up and I put a good swing on it."

Grandal sent a two-run shot in the sixth into the left-field bleachers off Jeremy Guthrie (3-7) for a 3-2 lead.

"I didn't think that ball was going to go out at all," Grandal said. "I thought it hit the fence so I slowed down coming into second and then I saw [Carlos] Quentin stop."

The two homers were a nice birthday present for manager Bud Black, who turned 55 on Saturday. Black is 5-0 on his birthday and 3-0 against the Rockies.

"I'll take it," Black said. "I've seen a lot of debuts, but this has to rank up there with some of the best. You don't hit two homers in your first major league start. It was very impressive."

The Rockies were impressed with Grandal's debut.

"He's a big, strong kid and he just flicked his hands on it and it went way out," Friedrich said. "I was wondering why we didn't have video on him. It's because it's his first game."

Amarista homered to lead off the seventh inning before the Padres broke it open in the eighth off Adam Ottavino, scoring four times for an 8-2 lead. Cameron Maybin hit an RBI single with two outs and Amarista followed with a three-run homer.

"Amarista, following up on the grand slam Thursday and today two homers, he's swinging the bat well," Black said. "He got a couple of pitches in his zone and he didn't miss them."

Edinson Volquez (5-7) gave up one earned run and three hits in six innings and Chris Denorfia added three hits for the Padres.

Wilin Rosario homered for the Rockies. Jordan Pacheco had an RBI single and Chris Nelson a run-scoring double in the eighth for Colorado.

The Rockies had just two hits through the first five innings but led 2-1. Rosario tied it at 1 when he led off the fifth with his 13th homer of the season. Pinch hitter Eric Young walked and scored when Grandal, the catcher, overthrew Dexter Fowler's sacrifice bunt.

Volquez worked hard to hold the Rockies down, walking six and striking out eight. He escaped two jams by getting Carlos Gonzalez to ground into double plays.

"He pitched well," Black said. "The only hiccup were the base on balls."

Friedrich, working within the 75-pitch limit dictated by Colorado's four-man rotation, allowed just one run and five hits and struck out five in five innings. His only mistake was Grandal's homer in the fourth.

"It's how I'm supposed to pitch. I need to hit the zone, especially with this new pitch count," Friedrich said.

Notes

  • To make room for Grandal, the Padres optioned C Nick Hundley to Triple-A Tucson.
  • Gonzalez extended his hitting streak to nine games with a single in the eighth.
  • Rockies RHP Juan Nicasio (left hamstring strain) threw 45 pitches in a simulated game. The team will decide Sunday on the next step in the pitcher's rehab schedule.
  • The Padres will send RHP Kip Wells (0-1) to the mound Sunday while the Rockies are expected to recall LHP Drew Pomeranz (0-2) from Triple-A to start for them.
 
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Yasmani Grandal smacks his second home run which puts him in baseball's history books. (Getty Images)
Yasmani Grandal smacks his second home run which puts him in baseball's history books. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
San Diego

A. Amarista
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 2
RBI 4
Colorado

W. Rosario
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 1
 

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San Diego Padres
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Chris Denorfia, RF4030000 .289
    Dale Thayer, P0000000 .000
    Joe Thatcher, P0000000 .000
    Luke Gregerson, P0000000 .000
   a- Mark Kotsay, PH1000010 .313
    Everth Cabrera, SS0000000 .246
Logan Forsythe, 2B5020013 .269
Chase Headley, 3B5110023 .271
Carlos Quentin, LF3100102 .311
    Huston Street, P0000000 .000
Yasmani Grandal, C4223001 .400
Yonder Alonso, 1B3110110 .259
Cameron Maybin, CF4111011 .204
Alexi Amarista, SS-LF4224011 .253
Edinson Volquez, P2000000 .071
   b- Will Venable, PH-RF2000000 .259
Totals37812827  
a-struck out for Gregerson in the 9th
b-fouled out-bunting for Volquez in the 7th
Batting
2B - Logan Forsythe (3, Moscoso)
HR - Yasmani Grandal 2 (2, Friedrich, Guthrie), Alexi Amarista 2 (3, Guthrie, Ottavino)
RBI - Yasmani Grandal 3 (3), Cameron Maybin (23), Alexi Amarista 4 (12)
2-OUT RBI - Cameron Maybin (9), Alexi Amarista 3 (7)
SB - Chase Headley (10, 2nd base off Ottavino/Rosario)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Chris Denorfia 1
DP - Amarista-Forsythe-Alonso, Amarista-Forsythe-Alonso
E - Logan Forsythe (5, Missed catch of throw), Yasmani Grandal (1, Throwing)
San Diego Padres
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Edinson Volquez (W,5-7) 6321681 3.68
Dale Thayer (H,3) 1.1120020 5.24
Joe Thatcher 0.1100010 3.10
Luke Gregerson 0.1100010 3.67
Huston Street 1000020 1.35
HBP - Scutaro (by Edinson Volquez)
Pitches-Strikes - Edinson Volquez 117-67, Dale Thayer 26-17, Joe Thatcher 7-4, Luke Gregerson 7-6, Huston Street 12-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Edinson Volquez 3-4, Dale Thayer 1-2, Huston Street 1-0
Batters Faced - Edinson Volquez 25, Dale Thayer 6, Joe Thatcher 2, Luke Gregerson 2, Huston Street 3
Colorado Rockies
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Dexter Fowler, CF5010021 .286
Marco Scutaro, SS3000100 .284
Carlos Gonzalez, LF4110012 .337
Michael Cuddyer, RF3100120 .257
Todd Helton, 1B4010032 .246
Jordan Pacheco, 3B2011201 .303
Chris Nelson, 2B4011024 .273
Wilin Rosario, C4111024 .246
Christian Friedrich, P0000100 .067
   a- Eric Young Jr., PH0100100 .243
    Jeremy Guthrie, P0000000 .050
   b- Tyler Colvin, PH1000010 .306
    Adam Ottavino, P0000000 .000
    Guillermo Moscoso, P0000000 .333
   c- Jonathan Herrera, PH1000010 .242
Totals31463614  
a-walked for Friedrich in the 5th
b-struck out for Guthrie in the 7th
c-struck out for Moscoso in the 9th
Batting
2B - Chris Nelson (9, Gregerson)
HR - Wilin Rosario (13, Volquez)
RBI - Jordan Pacheco (16), Chris Nelson (23), Wilin Rosario (35)
2-OUT RBI - Jordan Pacheco (9), Chris Nelson (13)
SB - Michael Cuddyer (8, 2nd base off Volquez/Grandal)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Scutaro-Nelson-Helton, Scutaro-Helton
E - Christian Friedrich (2, Throwing)
Colorado Rockies
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Christian Friedrich 5511051 5.52
Jeremy Guthrie (BS,1; L,3-7) 2333002 6.56
Adam Ottavino 1344201 4.68
Guillermo Moscoso 1100020 8.23
IBB - Alonso by Adam Ottavino
HBP - Quentin (by Jeremy Guthrie)
WP - Christian Friedrich (4)
Pitches-Strikes - Christian Friedrich 74-49, Jeremy Guthrie 29-19, Adam Ottavino 32-18, Guillermo Moscoso 14-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Christian Friedrich 2-8, Jeremy Guthrie 3-2, Adam Ottavino 2-0
Batters Faced - Christian Friedrich 20, Jeremy Guthrie 9, Adam Ottavino 7, Guillermo Moscoso 4
Game Information
Attendance - 48169
Game Time - 3:17
Temperature - 93
Umpires - Home - Chris Guccione, First Base - Victor Carapazza, Second Base - Bill Welke, Third Base - Jeff Nelson