San Diego Padres
Ryan Schimpf #11
San Diego Padres rookie second baseman Ryan Schimpf ignited the scoring for the Padres at Citi Field in New York against the Mets with his first career grand slam in the first inning. Schimpf crushed a 1-0 pitch from Mets starting pitcher Logan Verrett to center field for the quick 4-0 Padres lead. Schimpf made it two home runs in two consecutive at-bats when he connected again in the third inning, a mammoth moonshot in the right-field upper deck. Schimpf drove in a career-high six RBIs on his 2-for-4 night.
QUOTE: “He’s going to hit the ball out of the ballpark. That’s what he’s done his whole career. It hasn’t been any different at the Major Leagues,” Padres manager Andy Green said of Schimpf.
FACT: Schimpf won the National League Rookie of the Month Award for July.