clearn.png
Sunday September 19th, 2021 1:53AM

Virus-depleted Padres beat Rox 5-3 behind Caratini's slam

By The Associated Press
Related Articles
  Contact Editor

DENVER (AP) — Victor Caratini lined a two-out grand slam in the sixth, powering the virus-depleted San Diego Padres to a 5-3 win over the Colorado Rockies on Wednesday in a doubleheader opener.

Second baseman Austin Nola — a catcher pressed into infield duty following a flurry of roster moves — made a game-saving, over-the-shoulder catch in shallow right to close out the game with the bases loaded in the seventh.

“It was awesome by Nola,” Padres manager Jayce Tingler said. “Even at the end, wasn’t for sure who quite caught it and then Nola had it in the glove. The main thing is our guys, they’re battling, playing secondary and other positions. They're doing everything in their power. They’re having a lot of fun playing baseball right now.”

Caratini's blast to right came on a belt-high fastball from reliever Robert Stephenson, who was summoned after starter Jon Gray (4-3) loaded the bases.

The San Diego catcher's power surge was a big lift for a lineup missing several big bats, including Wil Myers and Fernando Tatis Jr. after both tested positive for the coronavirus.

Before the game, Myers was placed on the injured list along with first baseman Eric Hosmer, who’s sidelined as part of baseball’s contact tracing health and safety protocols.

The Padres are now missing five players due to the coronavirus protocols.

Tatis, their standout shortstop, went on the IL on Tuesday after testing positive. Jurickson Profar and Jorge Mateo also were added because of contact tracing.

“It’s one of those opportunities — an opportunity for us to come closer and build even better chemistry,” Tingler said. "We've got guys playing their secondary positions.

“For me, in a sick way, it’s kind of fun. Just having everybody come together a little bit.”

Emilio Pagán (3-0) picked up the win with a scoreless fifth inning. Mark Melancon earned the five-out save, his 12th, by getting Elias Diaz — on the 10th pitch of the at-bat — to pop out to Nola, who made the running play with two other fielders converging.

Nola was a shortstop in the minor leagues but hasn't played the infield regularly since 2019. He pinch hit for starter Yu Darvish in the fifth and closed out the game at second base.

“That’s a huge luxury,” Tingler said.

This was Colorado's seventh straight loss to San Diego.

“It came down to they got the big hit from Caratini and we couldn’t capitalize on our big-hit chance,” Rockies manager Bud Black said.

Caratini's grand slam was the second of his career. His other happened on Sept. 8, 2018, as a member of the Chicago Cubs.

Until Caratini's long ball, the Padres managed three singles, just one of which left the infield. Trent Grisham tied the game at 1 in the fifth on a bases-loaded, two-out bunt that caught the Rockies by surprise.

“Every part of me loved it,” Tingler said. “It was on his own. He checked the field, saw an opening. ... It turned the momentum a little bit on our side.”

Darvish went four innings and allowed one unearned run in the no-decision.

Gray allowed four runs, one earned, over 5 2/3 innings. He struck out six and walked three.

Trevor Story gave the Rockies a 1-0 lead in the first with an RBI single. Colorado added two in the sixth and had the bases loaded before Raimel Tapia grounded out against Melancon to end the threat.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Padres: The Padres recalled INF/OF Brian O’Grady from Triple-A El Paso and selected the contract of outfielder Patrick Kivlehan. O'Grady started in right for Game 1 and went 0 for 2. Kivlehan entered as a pinch-hitter in the sixth and drew a two-out walk to load the bases, setting the stage for Caratini.

Rockies: LHP Kyle Freeland (shoulder strain) will join Triple-A Albuquerque for a rehab start Saturday at El Paso. He’s slated to throw around 70 pitches.

DOUBLE DUTY

The Padres are playing a doubleheader in Denver for the third time. They split with the Rockies on June 28, 1994, at Mile High Stadium and lost both on July 3, 1999, at Coors Field.

___

More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports

  • Associated Categories: Associated Press (AP), AP Sports, AP Online Baseball , AP Sports - Major League Baseball
© Copyright 2021 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Jerry Burns, former Vikings coach known for wit, dies at 94
Former Minnesota Vikings coach Jerry Burns has died at 94
7:20PM ( 9 minutes ago )
Virus-depleted Padres beat Rox 5-3 behind Caratini's slam
Victor Caratini lined a two-out grand slam in the sixth, powering the virus-depleted San Diego Padres to a 5-3 win over the Colorado Rockies in a doubleheader opener
7:14PM ( 15 minutes ago )
Baffert in spotlight for wrong reasons going into Preakness
Bob Baffert not physically being present at the Preakness isn't keeping his shadow from hanging over the race and the Triple Crown
7:12PM ( 17 minutes ago )
Associated Press (AP)
Documents: Firefighters could be fired for Bryant photos
Court documents say two Los Angeles County firefighters could be fired and a third suspended after some first responders took and shared graphic photos from the site of the helicopter crash that killed Kobe Bryant, his teenage daughter and seven others
6:13PM ( 1 hour ago )
7 Yanks coaches, staff have virus, Torres out as precaution
New York Yankees shortstop Gleyber Torres was kept out of Wednesday night’s starting lineup at Tampa Bay as a precaution as the number of confirmed positive COVID-19 tests among the team’s coaching and support staff reached seven
6:11PM ( 1 hour ago )
Harden could return for Nets on Wednesday against Spurs
James Harden could return for the Brooklyn Nets after missing more than a month with a strained right hamstring
5:56PM ( 1 hour ago )
AP Sports
Nevada's Bosetti homers in NCAA-record 9th straight game
Nevada’s Tyler Bosetti has homered in nine consecutive games, breaking an NCAA Division I record that stood for 30 years
10:42AM ( 8 hours ago )
LEADING OFF: Padres depleted by virus, Harvey vs Mets
San Diego shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. and outfielder Wil Myers tested positive for COVID-19, and the Padres are shorthanded heading into a doubleheader Wednesday against Colorado at Coors Field
4:08AM ( 15 hours ago )
Padres hit by COVID-19 concerns, 5 players out, beat Rockies
The San Diego Padres already were minus star Fernando Tatis Jr. and two backups before the first pitch at Colorado because of COVID-19 concerns
2:07AM ( 17 hours ago )
AP Online Baseball
Tatis goes on injured list due to health, safety protocols
San Diego shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. was one of three players the Padres added to the injured list due to health and safety protocols
7:22PM ( 1 day ago )
MLB tells Athletics to explore relocation if no new ballpark
Major League Baseball has instructed the Athletics to explore relocation options as the team tries to secure the new ballpark it hopes for to stay in Oakland
6:08PM ( 1 day ago )
The Latest: Milwaukee's NBA, MLB teams boosting attendance
The Milwaukee Brewers and Milwaukee Bucks are increasing the seating capacity at their home games to 50%
4:02PM ( 1 day ago )
AP Sports - Major League Baseball
Jerry Burns, former Vikings coach known for wit, dies at 94
Former Minnesota Vikings coach Jerry Burns has died at 94
7:20PM ( 9 minutes ago )
Baffert in spotlight for wrong reasons going into Preakness
Bob Baffert not physically being present at the Preakness isn't keeping his shadow from hanging over the race and the Triple Crown
7:12PM ( 17 minutes ago )
Israel steps up Gaza offensive, kills senior Hamas figures
Israel is pressing ahead with a fierce military offensive in the Gaza Strip
7:12PM ( 17 minutes ago )
Pervis Staples, member of famed Staple Singers, dead at 85
Pervis Staples, whose tenor voice complimented his father’s and sisters’ in The Staple Singers, is dead at the age of 85
7:05PM ( 24 minutes ago )
Biden signs order to beef up federal cyber defenses
President Joe Biden has signed an executive order meant to strengthen U.S. cybersecurity defenses in response to a series of headline-grabbing hacking incidents that highlight how vulnerable the country’s public and private sectors are to high-tech spies and criminals operating from half a world away
7:01PM ( 28 minutes ago )