Daniel Camarena is now a Slam Diego legend.
Daniel Camarena, a Padres rookie pitcher who lined a grand slam off the Nationals’ Max Scherzer for his first MLB hit Thursday evening in his second main league sport.
OK, a fast evaluate of that line: Rookie pitcher, grand slam, Max Scherzer. As Padres play-by-play announcer Don Orsillo mentioned in his name of the homer, “It’s unbelievable.”
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However what takes the story to a different degree is that Camarena is a San Diego product — and that it took him 10 years to make it to the Present. Oh, and his household was on the sport, too.
And MLB added one more amazing fact: Camarena is the primary reliever to hit a grand slam since 1985, when Don Robinson did it for the Pirates.
The Yankees drafted the left-hander within the Twentieth spherical out of highschool in 2011 and the Padres signed him as a minor league free agent in February 2020. In between, he was a member of the Cubs, Giants and Twins organizations, with a couple of return engagements with the Yankees combined in. He made his MLB debut June 19 at age 28. The Padres recalled him from Triple-A El Paso earlier Thursday.
Camarena — who had no homers in 31 minor league plate appearances — was batting for himself with Padres trailing 8-2 within the backside of the fourth inning. He had relieved San Diego starter Yu Darvish within the high of the body with the Padres down 6-0. He allowed two runs however then acquired them (and two extra) again along with his 416-foot slam. The Padres wound up scoring seven runs within the inning and knocking out Scherzer. They ended up profitable the sport 9-8 on a Trent Grisham walk-off single within the backside of the ninth.
OK. fast evaluate of all that: Twentieth-round decide, 10 years within the minors, hometown group, grand slam, Max Scherzer, seven-run inning.