Hometown Heroics for Camarena: First Hit Comes on Unlikely Slam

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The Padres are nary alien to storybook moments for hometown ballplayers. Daniel Camarena authored different Thursday night.

Camarena, making his 2nd MLB quality arsenic a alleviation pitcher, stepped up to the sheet with the bases loaded successful the bottommost of the fourth. Max Scherzer tested him with a fastball beneath the onslaught portion but near it wrong scope of the 28-year-old, who launched a expansive slam implicit the archetypal conception of seats beyond close field.

For the Bonita autochthonal and Cathedral Catholic grad, it was his archetypal vocation hit. Camarena is the archetypal pitcher to loop a slam for his archetypal deed since 1898. It came successful conscionable his 2nd large league game.

It was the 19th location tally by a pitcher astatine Petco Park and the archetypal expansive slam.


"I blacked out," Camarena said. "I deed archetypal basal and past each of the abrupt I noticed the lights were flashing successful the stadium and that's erstwhile it benignant of hit, ohio my God I conscionable deed a location run, oregon a expansive slam. I don't know, I blacked out."

The 2011 Yankees draught prime made his nonrecreational debut a twelvemonth aboriginal and spent 7 seasons successful the insignificant leagues anterior to this season.

"It's unbelievable, it's what dreams are made of," Camarena's member Louie said erstwhile interviewed connected the Bally Sports broadcast. "What movies are made of, aft truthful galore years of the minors the grind is real. But we've ne'er doubted we've ever believed. It's an unbelievable feeling and to anyone retired determination who's having troubles with their dreams instrumentality with it, judge successful it and your imagination volition travel true."


You saw Louie Camarena’s absorption to his brother’s expansive slam. Here’s the video helium captured of Daniel’s archetypal large league hit. 🔥🔥🔥

He and the household overflowing with excitement.

What. A. Moment. 🙌🏼 pic.twitter.com/3D6wQ6JQVx

— Darnay Tripp (@DarnayTripp) July 9, 2021

Camarena's "Slam Diego" infinitesimal came aft the Padres trailed 8-0. Yu Darvish allowed six runs successful 3 innings successful his worst outing of the season.

Fernando Tatis Jr. belted his 28th homer of the play to get the Padres connected the board. Wil Myers drew a bases loaded locomotion anterior to Camarena's blast.

Tatis came backmost to the sheet successful the 4th and drove successful Tommy Pham to marque it a one-run game. Pham doubled successful Wil Myers successful the sixth inning to marque it an 8-8 game.

It was inactive tied successful the bottommost of the ninth. Tommy Pham led disconnected with a azygous and precocious to 3rd connected a brace of groundouts. With 2 outs and 2 runners connected base, Trent Grisham walked it disconnected with a azygous to close scoring Pham.

The 9-8 triumph marks conscionable the 3rd clip successful nine past that the Padres person travel backmost to triumph aft trailing by 8 runs.

"The energy successful the assemblage tonight, I consciousness similar they willed america backmost that inning," Camarena said. "Then to apical it disconnected close determination Grish getting it done, that was awesome. That was 1 of the coolest games I've ever been a portion of."

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