Renfroe's Grand Slam Difference Maker for Padres

Padres beat Reds 6-3

Braden Surprenant
June 03, 2018 - 10:34 pm

In search for their first back to back series win since April 15, the San Diego Padres put Tyson Ross on the hill to get them started on Sunday. Tyson Ross has emerged into the Padres best arm in the rotation in what can be called a great comeback season for the right hander. Ross is finally back to his vintage self that Padres fans remember seeing, before that awful Opening Day performance he had against the Los Angeles Dodgers a couple seasons ago. The Padres had won the last four times Tyson Ross has started coming into today's game, with his last loss dating back to May 7. Despite the recent success Ross did not seem as sharp on the mound today for the Padres, as he did not have his usual stuff we are used to seeing. Tyson kept it a game only giving up two runs on seven hits over his five innings of work. That would be enough to get the job done today.

Reds led the game 2-0 when the Padres came up in the bottom of the fifth. Back to back singles by Franmil Reyes and Freddy Galvis got things going for the Padres, followed up by Manuel Margot drawing a walk to load the bases with no outs. After a swinging bunt by Raffy Lopez to get Franmil Reyes out at the plate on a force out, Andy Green sent Hunter Renfroe to the plate in a big situation in the game. Renfroe fell to 1-2 in the count after two straight sliders. The third slider however? Renfroe did not miss and cranked a 375' grand slam to left field in the second deck of the Western Metal Supply Co. building to give the Padres a 4-2 lead in the fifth inning.

The Padres would get another run in the sixth inning. Brad Hand gave up a solo home run in the top half of the eight inning to Scooter Gennett, and in the bottom half Corey Spangenberg got the run back with a solo shot of his own to make it 6-3 Padres going into the ninth.

Padres turned to veteran reliever Kirby Yates in the ninth where he would record his third career save, and first save this season, to give the Padres a 6-3 victory over the Reds. Tyson Ross (5-3) was the winning pitcher and Luis Castillo (4-6) was charged with the loss. Time of the game was 3:06 in front of 25,377.

Notes From the Game

Hunter Renfroe's grand slam was his third career grand slam and the Padres 12th pinch-hit grand slam in team history.

Eric Hosmer has three three-hit games in his last six games played and has hit safely in six of his last seven games. Hosmer has hit .519 with five RBI and four runs scored during that time.

Franmil Reyes recorded his third-career multi-hit game and has hit safely in five of his last six games, batting .333 with three homers and five RBI in that time.

Raffy Lopez stole his first career base today.

Christian Villanueva exited today's game with a left ankle contusion.