Renfroe's grand slam lifts Padres over slumping Cubs 5-2

Ross Houston
May 31, 2017

Paired with the grand slam that Renfroe collected in a two-homer, seven-RBI game as a September call-up past year, Renfroe's slam on Monday allowed him to join Melvin Nieves (1995) as the only Padres to notch two grand slams as a rookie. "You get to 12 free passes, 10 walks, two hit batters, you don't win baseball games like that". "That's the real tale of the tape, more so than Kyle's performance".

Three pitches later, Renfroe emptied them with a 371-foot homer to left on a 1-1, 87 miles per hour sinker that stayed up and over the plate, turning a two-run deficit into a two-run lead.

Cosart wasn't around long enough to fully benefit from Renfroe's second slam. Boston's David Price, who made his first start of the season after having been sidelined because of an elbow strain on his pitching arm, threw 88 pitches in five innings and gave up two hits and three runs - all scoring on a homer by Cabrera. "I figured he'd come back there eventually and I got that pitch".

Renfroe's other slam was in his sixth major league game, against the Dodgers on September 27, when he hit two homers and drove in seven runs. The Padres racked up 14 hits and two BB with Ryan Schimpf smacking a two run homer while Chase d'Arnaud going 2-4 with two runs driven in and a run scored.


Hendricks loaded the bases with no outs in the fifth and Myers drove in a run on a fielder's choice.

Cosart lasted only four innings, giving up two runs, three hits and five walks and striking out two.

Orioles 3, Yankees 2: Dylan Bundy allowed two runs over seven innings and Baltimore snapped a seven-game losing streak.

The rookie reliever paired that milestone with two scoreless innings in relief of a shaky start Cosart, Brad Hand escaped Ryan Buchter's bases-loaded jam in the seventh with a double-play ball before turning in a scoreless eighth and Brandon Maurer converted his seventh save with a flawless ninth.


Tuesday: The teams will play again at 10:10 p.m. Eddie Butler (2-0, 1.93) is the Cubs' scheduled starter. Chicago's Kyle Hendricks should be eager to take the mound at Petco Park, where he has won both of his previous starts while posting a 1.20 ERA.

Hendricks entered Monday's start 4-2 with a 3.25 ERA through nine starts.

Padres: Rookie RHP Dinelson Lamet (1-0, 1.80) tries to follow up on his brilliant big league debut, when he struck out eight in five innings while allowing one run on three hits in a 4-3 win at the New York Mets on Thursday.


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