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Now not most effective have the San Diego Padres established themselves as one in all baseball’s most enjoyable groups right through the 2020 season, they have got additionally succeeded in angering fighters whilst racing to the Nationwide League’s second-best file. 

In Monday’s 7-2 victory over the first-place Los Angeles Dodgers, Padres outfielder Trent Grisham took veteran Dodgers southpaw Clayton Kershaw deep to proper box to tie the sport within the 6th inning.

Grisham took a second – or two – to appreciate his paintings and became towards the Padres dugout earlier than rounding the bases. All through his trot, a number of Dodgers started chirping him between 3rd base and residential plate; Grisham exchanged phrases of his received. 

“In this level, in opposition to that pitcher, I’ve by no means hit a larger house run,” Grisham mentioned, including: “We seemed ahead to this collection. It is without doubt one of the greatest collection of the 12 months. The glance within the dugout was once, ‘Let’s cross, let’s pick out it up. Let’s get after it and cross get this sport.’”

The Padres scored 5 runs within the subsequent body to take the lead. They path the Dodgers by means of 1.five video games within the NL West. 

Kershaw didn’t say a lot in regards to the homer: “I am not going to fret about their staff. Let him do what he desires.”  

His supervisor, Dave Roberts, mentioned a glass of Kershaw’s pedigree merits a special stage of reverence, regardless that. 

“I don’t thoughts guys admiring a homer; no doubt it’s a large sport, large hit,” Roberts mentioned, according to “(I) actually like (Grisham). However I simply felt to overstay at house plate, in opposition to a man like Clayton, who’s were given the honour of everybody within the large leagues for what he’s executed on this sport, I simply took exception to that. There’s a definite recognize that you simply give a man should you homer in opposition to him.”

San Diego Padres heart fielder Trent Grisham (2) tosses his bat after hitting a house run right through the 6th inning in opposition to the Los Angeles Dodgers at Petco Park. (Photograph: Orlando Ramirez, USA TODAY Sports activities)

Previous this season, Texas Rangers supervisor Chris Woodward took offense to shortstop and NL MVP candidate Fernando Tatís Jr. driving a grand slam on a 3-0 pitch when the Padres were already leading by several runs. That swing, however, catalyzed MLB history as the Padres became the first team to homer in four consecutive games. 

And as the Padres head to the postseason for the first time since 2006, don’t expect them to change their style. 

“It was a big moment in the game, and it was a huge hit,” Padres manager Jayce Tingler said of Grisham’s homer. “It got us fired up, and we have fun. We play the game right, we respect the game, but we’re going to have fun, and we’re going to pull for one another. To us, that’s all it is.”

Follow Chris Bumbaca on Twitter @BOOMbaca.


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