Entering Sunday’s series finale against the Giants, the Phillies’ offense hadn’t scored a run since the seventh inning of Thursday’s game against the Dodgers, when Jorge Alfaro doubled in a run. The Giants blanked the Phillies 4-0 on Friday and 2-0 on Saturday.
Giants rookie Dereck Rodriguez, son of Hall of Famer Ivan Rodriguez, made his first major league start on Sunday against the Phillies. He held them scoreless over the first two innings, but Jake Arrieta — who entered Sunday with a 2.09 ERA, by the way — homered to left field, leading off the third inning.
That is Arrieta’s sixth career home run and his first of the season. He’s homered in each of the last four seasons. Arrieta also has a postseason home run to his name, which was also hit at AT&T Park. He hit a three-run home run off of Madison Bumgarner in Game 3 of the 2016 NLDS.
Phillies starter Zach Eflin has also homered this year. Technically, bench player Pedro Florimon homered as a pitcher as well. On May 18 against the Cardinals, with the Phillies trailing 12-3, Florimon pitched a 1-2-3 bottom of the eighth, then hit a solo home run off of Mike Mayers in the top of the ninth. If we count that, the Phillies lead the majors in home runs by pitchers with three. The Cardinals are the only other team with multiple homers from pitchers, as Carlos Martinez and Miles Mikolas have both gone yard.
The Padres turned out in remarkable fashion on Saturday, following up on Friday’s 6-3 win with a decisive 19-run effort to take the series from the Blue Jays. Rookie right-hander Cal Quantrill spun six strong innings, holding Toronto to three runs and striking out nine of 22 batters, but it was the Padres’ offense that really sealed the deal.
Of the 19 runs they put up, seven landed for home runs — establishing a franchise-best record for most home runs amassed during a single game.
Wil Myers and Ian Kinsler went back-to-back for the first two homers, each coming off of an Edwin Jackson pitch in the second inning. Myers’ 351-foot blast was his eighth of the season, while Kinsler’s 382-footer marked his sixth so far this spring. Two innings later, in the fourth, Jackson once again set the table for Austin Hedges, who promptly went yard with the first grand slam of his five-year career in the majors and boosted the Padres to a six-run advantage.
The home runs came for the Blue Jays, too — Lourdes Gurriel Jr. plucked one from a bouquet of sliders in the second, while Justin Smoak collected his ninth homer on a first-pitch fastball in the fourth — but it wasn’t nearly enough to keep pace with the Padres. In the sixth, Hunter Renfroe took his turn against Derek Law and punched a two-run shot out to center field. He returned in the eighth for a second helping, sandwiching another 376-foot home run in between a solo homer from Eric Hosmer and a two-RBI knock from Myers, too.
By the time the dust settled, the Padres had gathered 19 runs on 20 hits. They finished the game just one run shy of tying their single-game record for runs scored, a feat no Padres’ lineup has replicated since their 20-7 rout of the Expos on May 19, 2001.