Padres catcher Francisco Mejia hit a walk-off grand slam to cap a five-run bottom of the ninth inning in a 7-3 win over the Rangers. Trailing 3-2 entering the frame, Franmil Reyes hit a one-out single and was then pinch-run for by Travis Jankowski. Freddy Galvis knocked in Jankowski with a double to tie the game at three apiece. With two outs, A.J. Ellis and Cory Spangenberg both drew walks to load the bases for Mejia, who delivered.
Mejia, 22, was acquired by the Padres from the Indians in the Brad Hand and Adam Cimber trade in mid-July. In 10 games since his call-up earlier this month, Mejia is hitting .259/.333/.630 with three homers, eight RBI, and five runs scored.
MLB Pipeline rates Mejia as the Padres’ No. 3 prospect and No. 21 overall in baseball.
Following a dominant 5-1 win to clinch the National League Championship Series on Saturday night, the Dodgers named outfielder Cody Bellinger their MVP of the series.
Bellinger, 23, made noise when it mattered. Entering Saturday’s game, he carried a meager .190/.227/.238 batting line with just four hits and two RBI, but his hits in Games 4 and 7 became the difference-makers the Dodgers needed to keep pace with the Brewers and clinch the NL pennant. In Game 4, it was Bellinger’s 13th-inning base hit off of Junior Guerra that put the Dodgers over the top for the walk-off 2-1 win. The outfielder returned to put the finishing touches on the series with a go-ahead home run — his first of the postseason — in the second inning of Game 7.
Bellinger wrapped his second season in the Dodgers’ organization in 2018, slashing .260/.343/.470 with 25 home runs, an .814 OPS, and 3.6 fWAR across 632 PA and all 162 games. He’s the youngest Dodgers player to receive the award to date.