The Padres tied the biggest comeback in franchise history, helped by Fernando Tatis’ 28th home run and Grisham’s hit.
But it was Camarena’s stunt that really rocked the crowd at Petco Park.
Camarena, who visited the Catholic Cathedral in San Diego, was called up earlier today for his second stint with the Padres. He replaced Yu Darvish early in the fourth inning and gave Trea Turner the second home run of the game, a two-run practice that gave the Nationals an 8-0 lead.
With the bullpen imposed in recent days, manager Jayce Tingler beat Camarena for himself against struggling Scherzer with bases loaded and two strikeouts in the fourth. The southpaw drove a 1-2 fastpitch into the right field stands to send the crowd into a frenzy and shoot the Padres at 8-6.
Camarena had pulled out strikes in his only previous at-bat in the big leagues. In the minors, he was 5 for 28 (0.179) with no additional hits and zero RBI.
Camarena became the second pitcher in history whose first hit was a grand slam. The first was Bill Duggleby of the Philadelphia Phillies on April 21, 1898.
Camarena, 28, became the first relief pitcher to hit a grand slam since Pittsburgh’s Don Robinson on September 12, 1985, and was the first Padres player, pitcher or positional player to win a grand slam for his first stroke. sure. The last majors player to do so was Brandon Crawford of San Francisco on May 27, 2011 in Milwaukee.
Tommy Pham started the Padres ninth with a starting single against Sam Clay (0-2), advanced on back-to-back strikeouts and scored when Grisham scored on the right.
Tatis, voted to start shortstop in the All-Star Game, scored and stole one base, making him the youngest player in baseball history to have 20 home runs and 20 stolen bases before the break. Tatis has 28 home runs and 20 interceptions. His 28 home runs are the highest ever by a shortstop before the break.
The Nationals chased Darvish after three innings and gave Scherzer an 8-0 lead after four before the 36-year-old right-hander allowed seven runs in the fourth.
Pham hit a single to chase Scherzer and Tatis hit a single RBI bloop against Kyle Finnegan to get closer to 8-7.
Tatis opened the fourth with a drive through the second bridge in left field. With one out, Scherzer hit Manny Machado with a pitch, gave Grisham a single and hit Eric Hosmer with a pitch to charge the goals. Wil Myers worked a walk to bring a run before Scherzer knocked out Victor Caratini. Camarena then connected.
The Padres have five Grand Slam tournaments this season. Their 12 slams since the start of the 2020 season are the most of any baseball team. The Padres popularized “Slam Diego” last year when they became the first team in history to win four slams in as many games and five in six games.
The Padres tied at 8 on double Pham’s two strikeouts in the sixth.
Turner hit a home run in the first and a single in the third, and scored twice against Darvish. Yan Gomes had a two-run single in the first. The Nationals added in the third when Josh Bell had an RBI double, Starlin Castro a sacrifice fly and Josh Harrison a RBI single.
All-Star Mark Melancon (2-1) pitched the ninth for the win.
Scherzer allowed seven runs and five hits in 3 2/3 innings, struck out seven and walked one.
Darvish allowed six runs and eight hits in three innings, struck out two and walked none.
Nationals: Placed RHP Joe Ross on the 10-day injured list with inflammation of the right elbow, retroactive to Wednesday, and recalled RHP Ryne Harper.
Padres: Caratini was hit by a foul ball to the right hand in the fifth inning. He finished the round but was later replaced by Webster Rivas.
Nationals: RHP Paolo Espino (2-2, 2.48 ERA) is set to start Friday night in the opener of a three-game series in San Francisco. The Giants will counter with RHP Logan Webb (4-3, 3.86).
Padres: Did not name a starter for Game 1 of the three-game series against Colorado. It would normally be LHP Blake Snell’s turn, but Tingler said Snell is still trying to regain his strength after recent food poisoning. Snell pitched four innings in a win in Philadelphia on Sunday. The Rockies are expected to start LHP Kyle Freeland (1-2, 5.50).