May 9, 2014; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Padres second baseman Jedd Gyorko (9) after hitting a grand slam during the sixth inning against the Miami Marlins at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports=
8. May 9th, Padres Slam Miami Marlins’ Ace Fernandez, Gyorko With 2 HR’s
The Marlins’ young Cuban ace Jose Fernandez looked to mow down the Padres impotent offense.
The Friars had a strategy to jump on him early in the count and to look for fastballs. It worked. In the 2nd inning, Grandal reached on an error before Gyorko came to the plate.
He then lined a shot just over the right field porch for a two-run shot. Fernandez then settled down for a few innings until the 6th inning.
The inning started with 2 singles and a walk, loading the bases for Gyorko. On a 2-0 count, Gyorko launched a ball far into the seats in left for a grand slam, giving the Padres a 6-0 lead. For most of the night, the Padres squared up ball after ball hitting many line drives.
Alonso then doubled and scored on Amarista’s base hit. Tyson Ross bunted him over to set up a sac fly for Will Venable. When the dust settled at the end of the inning, the Padres had an 8-0 lead.
The Padres added two more in the 8th with a two-run double by Seth Smith. They ended up winning 10-1. Ross got his 4th win by pitching 7 solid innings while striking out 8.
Unfortunately for Fernandez, this game ended up revealing damage in his arm that led to him having Tommy John surgery and ending his season early. He is scheduled to return sometime early this season but will most likely miss Opening Day.