Alfaro clubbed a three-run pinch-hit homer to give San Diego a walkoff win over Miami on Sunday. The Padres were unable to muster any runs through eight innings, but they mounted a rally with a pair of singles in the bottom of the ninth. That set the stage for Alfaro, who came on as a pinch hitter with two outs and crushed a 449-foot walkoff shot to center field. The long ball was his second of the campaign and his first since April 10.
Alfaro is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Marlins. Alfaro had started three of the past four games at catcher, going 2-for-10 with a walk during that stretch. Despite the uptick in work of late, Alfaro still appears to be the Padres' No. 2 option at the position behind Austin Nola, who gets the start behind the plate in Sunday's series finale.
Alfaro is not included in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Reds. Alfaro looked like a potential beneficiary of primary designated hitter Luke Voit's (biceps) move to the injured list Sunday, but the former has now sat out both of the Padres' first two games against the Reds to begin the week. He was on the bench Tuesday when southpaw Reiver Sanmartin was on the hill, and he'll be riding pine again Wednesday with right-hander Vladimir Gutierrez twirling for the Reds. Luis Campusano will draw his second start in a row as the Padres' DH and may be ahead of Alfaro in the pecking order for the time being.
Alfaro went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Sunday's 10-5 victory against the Diamondbacks. Alfaro went back-to-back with Jurickson Profar in the second inning to stake San Diego to an early 5-0 lead it wouldn't relinquish. The former Marlin is splitting time behind the dish with Austin Nola but has performed well thus far, going 3-for-8 with a double and home run in two games.
Alfaro went 2-for-4 with a home run, a double and four RBI in a Cactus League win over the White Sox on Monday. Alfaro got the scoring started for San Diego in the sixth inning with a solo shot to left field. He then gave the team its first lead with a bases-clearing double in the following frame. Alfaro is tied with Boston's Ryan Fitzgerald atop the spring home run leaderboard with four long balls, and he leads all players with 10 RBI while slashing .400/.438/1.267. He is expected to compete with Austin Nola and Victor Caratini for time behind the plate for San Diego this season, so his strong spring could help him stand out among the trio.
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