Padres outfielder Hunter Renfroe stunned Kenley Jansen and the Dodgers on Sunday afternoon, blasting a pinch-hit walk-off grand slam, turning a 5-4 deficit into an 8-5 win.
Jansen allowed three consecutive singles to Eric Hosmer, Manuel Margo, and Wil Myers to start the inning. Myers’ single was actually a perfectly placed bunt between the shortstop and third baseman. Jansen appeared to be on his way to escaping, however, striking out Greg Garcia and getting Francisco Mejía to pop out. Renfroe, pinch-hitting for reliever Adam Warren, had other ideas:
After Sunday’s performance, Renfroe is hitting .227/.281/.545 with seven home runs, 16 RBI, and 10 runs scored in 96 plate appearances on the season.
Braves outfielder Ronald Acuña Jr. hit his 40th home run in today’s 5-4 win over the Philadelphia Phillies. In so doing he become only the third player to hit 40 homers at age 21 or younger, joining Hall of Famers Mel Ott and Eddie Matthews, who hit 42 and 47, respectively, before turning 22. Ott was only 20 in fact.
Home run marks are a dime a dozen this year, of course, so maybe you want to discount Acuña’s accomplishment. Even if you do, though, you can’t discount his wheels. He didn’t have a stolen base this afternoon but he does have 37 on the year and has over a week to swipe three more. If he does he’ll become a member of the exclusive 40/40 club. It’s only current members: Jose Canseco, Barry Bonds, Alex Rodriguez and Alfonso Soriano.
The Braves win clinches at least a tie for the NL East title. They’ll clinch the division outright if either they win or the Nationals lose tomorrow.