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Friday, July 09, 2021

San Diego Padres rookie reliever Daniel Camarena hits grand slam off Washington Nationals’ Max Scherzer

The next Ohtani?

Welcome home to Slam Diego, Daniel Camarena.

The rookie reliever hit a stunning grand slam off Washington ace Max Scherzer and his hometown San Diego Padres overcame an eight-run deficit, finally beating the Nationals 9-8 Thursday night on Trent Grisham’s RBI single in the ninth inning.

The Padres matched the biggest comeback in franchise history, helped by Fernando Tatis’ 28th home run and Grisham’s two-out hit.

But it was Camarena’s blow that really jolted the crowd at Petco Park.

Camarena, who went to Cathedral Catholic High, was called up earlier in the day for his second stint with the Padres. He replaced Yu Darvish starting the fourth inning after the All-Star’s left hip tightened up, and allowed Trea Turner’s second homer of the game, a two-run drive that gave the Nationals an 8-0 lead.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 09, 2021 at 10:46 AM | 32 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Nasty Nate Posted: July 09, 2021 at 10:51 AM (#6028381)
   2. bunyon Posted: July 09, 2021 at 11:11 AM (#6028385)
Down and in to a lefty.


And, yeah, let them bat.
   3. Doug Jones threw harder than me Posted: July 09, 2021 at 12:44 PM (#6028399)
It was somewhat reminiscent of the Gibson home run, in that it was down and in on a 2-strike count (though not a slider) and he just laid the bat on it and it went over the fence (actually went pretty deep into the stands).

Watching the entire at-bat, he really knew what he was doing, wasn't intimidated at all, had a good eye, looked like a major-league hitter out there.

Back in the 1980's Lasorda used to pinch-hit Valenzueala a fair bit, he wasn't any worse than Rick Monday was at the end of his career.

What do you call him? Ohtani-Two? DeuxTani? How about Camera-Ready!
   4. greenback used to say live and let live Posted: July 09, 2021 at 01:49 PM (#6028411)
Great, this means another ten years without a DH in the NL.
   5. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: July 09, 2021 at 03:23 PM (#6028428)

What do you call him? Ohtani-Two? DeuxTani? How about Camera-Ready!

Chris Berman would do something like "Heeey...Camarena!" to the tune of the Macarena.
   6. Hombre Brotani Posted: July 09, 2021 at 04:02 PM (#6028435)
What do you call him?
Slam-arena, obviously.

I love that SD slam necklace. I really do.
   7. Pat Rapper's Delight (as quoted on MLB Network) Posted: July 09, 2021 at 04:10 PM (#6028436)
I love that SD slam necklace. I really do.

Flavor Flav, is that you?
   8. Hombre Brotani Posted: July 09, 2021 at 04:20 PM (#6028438)
Yeah, boyyyeeeeeeeee.
   9. Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: July 09, 2021 at 05:25 PM (#6028444)
His family and older brother going crazy in the stands is awesome.
   10. Slivers of Maranville descends into chaos (SdeB) Posted: July 09, 2021 at 06:29 PM (#6028451)
Great, this means another ten years without a DH in the NL.


One can only hope.
   11. Starring Bradley Scotchman as RMc Posted: July 09, 2021 at 06:36 PM (#6028452)
The most unlikely homer at Petco since this one...
   12. Darren Posted: July 09, 2021 at 08:42 PM (#6028459)
96, ankle high, no problem.
   13. Brian White Posted: July 10, 2021 at 08:51 AM (#6028474)
I love that SD slam necklace. I really do.


It's incredible.

Among all the gifts the University of Miami has bestowed upon this country, insanely gaudy sports jewelry might be among the best.
   14. Esoteric Posted: July 10, 2021 at 03:14 PM (#6028486)
This was basically a back-breaker to any hopes the Nats had of catching up with the Mets and making a run at the postseason this year, but ah screw it, it was still awesome.
   15. dejarouehg Posted: July 10, 2021 at 04:33 PM (#6028493)
Great, this means another ten years without a DH in the NL.
If we're lucky!

This was basically a back-breaker to any hopes the Nats had of catching up with the Mets and making a run at the postseason this year, but ah screw it, it was still awesome.
It was awesome, but I'm not convinced the Nats are out of it.
   16. Ron J Posted: July 10, 2021 at 06:50 PM (#6028513)
#3 19 times for Valenzuela (he was very good), 25 for (EDIT: Drysdale).

Ken Brett PH more than either in a shorter career.

But I think Gary Peters was the last pitcher to pinch hit regularly.

Earl Wilson didn't pinch hit as much as you might expect given his rep but that does make sense. "All" he could do is hit HR (given the time 33 career HR meant serious power) and often what you're looking for is any base runner. Plus he spent a lot of time on the same team as Gates Brown and Brown was always going to be the first bat off the bench.
   17. baxter Posted: July 10, 2021 at 07:25 PM (#6028517)
Red Lucas 114 pinch hits.
   18. vortex of dissipation Posted: July 10, 2021 at 07:32 PM (#6028520)
Giants manager John McGraw loved to have pitchers that he could use as pinch hitters - notable were Doc Crandall in the '10s and Jack Bentley in the '20s.
   19. Rally Posted: July 10, 2021 at 08:52 PM (#6028526)
Madison Bumgarner has pinch hit 16 times. Done well too, 4-13 with 3 walks.
   20. Tom Nawrocki Posted: July 10, 2021 at 10:33 PM (#6028540)
Rick Sutcliffe pinch-hit eight times.
   21. Tom Nawrocki Posted: July 10, 2021 at 10:39 PM (#6028542)
My favorite thing about the famous 23-22 Phillies-Cubs game is that a relief pitcher hit a triple in the FIRST INNING.
   22. Sweatpants Posted: July 10, 2021 at 11:11 PM (#6028544)
Micah Owings was used as a pinch-hitter 48 times in his six-season career. For some reason I thought that he'd converted to a position player and made it back to the majors, but that doesn't appear to have happened.
   23. The Honorable Ardo Posted: July 11, 2021 at 12:24 AM (#6028556)
It didn't scrape over the fence, either: 418 feet!
   24. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: July 11, 2021 at 07:19 AM (#6028565)
Mike Hampton PH 12 times. He was a good hitter especially during his time with the Rockies, but not a particularly successful PH.
   25. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: July 11, 2021 at 07:25 AM (#6028566)
Brooks Keishnick was used as a PH a fair amount during his years as a relief pitcher. But he was a former position player who had made it back to the majors as a pitcher.
   26. willcarrolldoesnotsuk Posted: July 11, 2021 at 09:41 AM (#6028569)
Career batting WAR: 0.2
Career pitching WAR: -0.2

I wonder how many pitchers (real pitchers, not, say, Canseco) have career batting WAR bigger than career pitching WAR. Ruth, Ohtani, Ankiel... Camarena.... I guess that there are probably other cup-of-coffee guys too, but how many?
   27. Bourbon Samurai stays in the fight Posted: July 11, 2021 at 10:07 AM (#6028570)
It was awesome, but I'm not convinced the Nats are out of it.


The division is real bad, and theoretically the Nats will get Strasburg and Schwarber back at some point, but it's probably better for their long term future to sell at the deadline. They could desperately use an infusion of prospects, even c plus guys.
   28. shoelesjoe Posted: July 11, 2021 at 10:33 AM (#6028573)
The division is real bad, and theoretically the Nats will get Strasburg and Schwarber back at some point, but it's probably better for their long term future to sell at the deadline. They could desperately use an infusion of prospects, even c plus guys.


Esmailyn "Smiley" Gonzalez is probably still available.
   29. SoSH U at work Posted: July 11, 2021 at 11:09 AM (#6028576)
I wonder how many pitchers (real pitchers, not, say, Canseco) have career batting WAR bigger than career pitching WAR. Ruth, Ohtani, Ankiel... Camarena.... I guess that there are probably other cup-of-coffee guys too, but how many?


Owings does. 0.7 pitching WAR, 2.5 oWAR.
   30. The Yankee Clapper Posted: July 11, 2021 at 01:08 PM (#6028585)
Red Ruffing, a career .269/.306/.389 batter, pinch hit 260 times, compiling a .259/.303/.321 line in that role. That actually understates how good a hitter Ruffing was in his prime - he hit over .300 in 9 seasons, had 36 career HRs, and produced 13.3 WAR as a batter to go with his 55.4 on the mound.
   31. vortex of dissipation Posted: July 11, 2021 at 09:43 PM (#6028672)
I wonder how many pitchers (real pitchers, not, say, Canseco) have career batting WAR bigger than career pitching WAR. Ruth, Ohtani, Ankiel... Camarena.... I guess that there are probably other cup-of-coffee guys too, but how many?


Depends who you count as a "real" pitcher. Bill LeFebvre was primarily a pitcher, but he didn't have an extensive MLB career. He pitched parts of four seasons from 1938 to 1944. He pitched only 36 games, 24 of them in 1944. He was 5-5, 5.03 lifetime, which gave him a pitching WAR of -1.2. But he actually played in more games as a pinch hitter than a pitcher, 40 to 36, because he could hit - .276/.382/.414 in 90 PA, giving him an offensive WAR of 1.2. He led the AL in pinch hits in 1944. His lifetime WAR was 0.0 - he had 1.2 offensive and -1.2 pitching. He had two games (one start) as a first baseman.
   32. Cooper Nielson Posted: July 12, 2021 at 01:17 AM (#6028690)
I assume that the vast majority of the time, these pitchers are pinch-hitting for other pitchers.

Is there any way to find which pitcher has pinch-hit the most times for non-pitchers?

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