ICYMI: Hedges, Kemp homers not enough
There's nothing quite like hitting your first Major League home run, and rookie catcher Austin Hedges was able to experience that on Tuesday at Petco Park. Unfortunately, his home run that opened the scoring would not prove to be enough as the Oakland A's went on to a 6-5 victory in the last of a two-game set in San Diego. The Padres battled constantly, collecting five runs on nine hits and tying the game twice before ultimately falling. Closer Craig Kimbrel was brought in to try and keep the game knotted at 5 in the top of the ninth, but after a long delay and a couple of walks, the A's were able to score the deciding run and take a short two-game sweep.
Hedges was not alone in leaving the yard on Tuesday, as Matt Kemp belted his third home run of the season with a solo shot to left field in the eighth inning. The other Padres runs came by way of a balk that brought in Melvin Upton Jr. as he was attempting to steal home and a Clint Barmes RBI single that scored Justin Upton. Upton Jr. was also able to collect his third stolen base on the season when he swiped second base off of A's starter Scott Kazmir earlier in the game. Yonder Alonso and Will Middlebrooks each enjoyed a multihit game.
In case you missed it, here are some highlights and stories that you may not have seen on Tuesday:
Padres postgame recap: Padres fall despite HRs from Kemp, Hedges
Hedges crushes his first career home run to give the Padres an early 1-0 leadVideo: OAK@SD: Hedges' first ML homer puts Padres on board
Barmes lays down a bunt single to drive in UptonVideo: OAK@SD: Barmes plates Upton with bunt single
Melvin Upton Jr. scores on balk during an attempt to steal homeVideo: OAK@SD: Upton Jr. scores on Kazmir's balk
Kemp's homer ties the game at 5Video: OAK@SD: Kemp ties game late with solo homer
Murphy steps up as manager for the remainder of the year: Murphy named Padres' interim manager
Tony Gwynn Jr. remembers his father's love: Gwynn Jr. reflective on anniversary of father's passing
Upton funk can't be put down:Upton remains in contention for All-Star spot
Friar Forecast: Chavez, Despaigne open two-game set in Oakland
Wednesday's probable pitchers: Odrisamer Despaigne (3-4, 4.38 ERA) vs. Jesse Chavez (2-6, 2.64 ERA)