Since we can’t physically be at the ballpark, it seems like all we can do during this time is sit back and reminisce on our favorite moments from the 2019 season.
Of course these are only my top 5 favorite moments, as it would be nearly impossible to note every unforgettable moment from the previous season.
Please keep in mind that the following moments are in no particular order.
Number 1: Hunter Renfroe’s Walk-Off Grand Slam Against the Dodgers
May 5, 2019
[WATCH]: Renfroe’s PH Walk-Off Slam
It was a beautiful sunny Sunday afternoon in San Diego… for Dodgers’ fans at least.
The Padres were trailing 5-4 and were one out away from a sweep at the hands of the Los Angeles Dodgers, their division rivals.
Padres OF, Hunter Renfroe, steps up to the plate and faces Dodgers closer, Kenley Jansen.
Bases were loaded in the bottom of the ninth inning.
Hunter Renfroe destroys the pinch-hit, walk-off grand slam towards the Western Metal Supply Co. Building. It was in that moment when Renfroe dropped his bat and put his hands up in the air as the sold-out crowd celebrated the 8-5 victory.
Making it the eighth walk-off grand slam in franchise history.
Number 2: Crazy Comeback in Colorado
June 16, 2019
The teams split the series, winning 2 games each, but also set a record for scoring the most combined runs, 92, in a four-game series.
• On Thursday, the Rockies took the first game 9-6.
• The Padres followed Friday by leading the Rockies in 12 innings, 16-12.
• The Rockies came back Saturday, winning 14-8.
On Sunday, Hunter Renfroe and Fernando Tatis Jr. each got three hits and earned three runs. Renfroe added four RBI’s, as Greg Garcia followed.
The nightmare continued as the Padres trailed the Rockies 9-8 after three innings.
With just their luck, there were two delays —- one due to irrigation failure and the other caused by the weather.
In the end, the Padres won the game on a bases-loaded walk by pinch-hitting pitcher, Matt Strahm.
Number 3: Fun in Toronto
May 25, 2019
There’s no better way for Cal Quantrill to earn his first Major League win than in front of all of his friends and family!
Quantrill tossed a two-hitter win while striking out nine, walking two and giving up three runs in six innings.
In his final inning, the pitcher struck out Toronto shortstop, Freddy Galvis and finished with one final strikeout of the DH, Rowdy Tellez.
Meanwhile, Josh Naylor made his major-league debut in the Padres’ 6-3 win on Friday, but went 0-4 as the DH in that game.
Naylor played right field on Saturday and went 3 for 6, earning him two RBIs, including an impressive sliding catch.
Following the team’s performance, Padres catcher, Austin Hedges is congratulated by third baseman, Manny Machado, after hitting a grand slam during the fourth inning of a 19-4 blowout win over the Toronto Blue Jays.
[WATCH]: Hedges’ Grand Slam in the 4th
Number 4: The Sheriff’s Shot at a No-No
July 17, 2019
Starting pitcher, Chris Paddack, faces the team that drafted him. The rookie rode a perfect game and a no-hitter into the eighth before Marlins’ infielder, Starlin Castro, ended it with a solo shot. Though Paddack was switched out, his effort earned his team a 3-2 victory over the Miami Marlins.
Number 5: Lamet’s Career-High 14 K Game
September 18, 2019
Facing the Brewers for just the second time in his big league career, Dinelson Lamet held Milwaukee to one run on three hits and three walks while throwing 64 of his 98 pitches for strikes.
After just two innings, he had five strikeouts.
In the fourth inning, Ben Gamel’s two-out single in the fourth gave Milwaukee its first hit of the game.
Lamet then added two more strikeouts to his total in the fifth.
Keston Hiura followed with his 17th home run of the season, but Lamet came through, striking out two more to end his night.
[RELATED]: Lamet strikes out career-high 14 vs. Brewers
Lamet’s 14 strikeouts were tied for the fourth-most by a pitcher at Miller Park, also becoming the 13th pitcher in over a century to record 14 K’s in six or fewer innings.
I hope you enjoyed taking this trip down memory lane while we patiently wait for baseball to return. Let me know in the comments below what your favorite moment from the Padres 2019 season was!