Jake Cronenworth's electrifying walk-off HR for Padres made incredible MLB history

The Padres' run of late inning heroics officially reached historic proportions on Thursday.
Milwaukee Brewers v San Diego Padres
Milwaukee Brewers v San Diego Padres / Matt Thomas/San Diego Padres/GettyImages

The San Diego Padres came to the plate in the bottom of the ninth with their backs against the wall against the Milwaukee Brewers on Thursday. The normally reliably awesome Jeremiah Estrada had coughed up the Padres' two-run lead in the top half of the inning and the offense found themselves with more work to do if they wanted to avoid extra innings.

Luckily, that is exactly what they did. After Fernando Tatis Jr. and Jurickson Profar struck out swinging, Jake Cronenworth came to the plate, and after a battle to get the count full, he crushed a hanging slider that stayed just fair for a walk-off homer to take down Milwaukee.

In a strange turn of events, that walk-off homer also made baseball history.

Padres News: Jake Cronenworth's walk-off homer continues streak never seen in MLB before

There was actually a lot of good that came from the Padres' win over the Brewers on Thursday. Fernando Tatis Jr. had a monster four-hit game including a homer that may not have landed yet, Manny Machado had a three-run bomb, and Adam Mazur put together a very reasonable start against a tough team. However, the story of the night was Cronenworth's heroics which has become a strangely common occurrence for the Padres.

In fact, the walk-off was the third straight home game where the Padres had a walk-off homer in the ninth inning which had never happened before in baseball history. There is a small asterisk here as the 2019 Dodgers had three straight walk-off home homers, but there were some extra-innings involved there, but it is still an incredibly neat achievement and was sorely needed given just how poorly the Padres' recent road trip went.

With the offense looking like it is rounding into form and Yu Darvish about to return from the IL, Cronenworth's walk-off could be the start of quite the turnaround for the Padres if they can just keep it up.

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