Padres Vault: Caminiti homers twice in NLDS

July 4th, 2021

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Oct. 5, 1996: Clutch Caminiti
Before Greg Vaughn in the '98 World Series and before Fernando Tatis Jr. and Wil Myers in last year's Wild Card Series against St. Louis, Ken Caminiti was the first player in Padres history to record a two-homer game in the playoffs. In Game 3 of the 1996 NLDS, Caminiti homered in the third inning, then launched a game-tying blast in the eighth, though the Padres would fall to the Cardinals, 7-5.

April 23, 1994: Gwynn goes 5-for-5 against Phillies
Tony Gwynn's best season at the plate -- and there are plenty to choose from -- was probably his 1994 campaign, as he threatened to become the first hitter since Ted Williams to bat .400 across an entire season. One of Gwynn's signature performances from that season (and from his entire career) was this 5-for-5 showing against the Phillies, including a double and a homer.

Sept. 17, 2005: Greene smacks clutch grand slam
With the Padres on the verge of their first National League West title in seven years, they played host to the Nationals. Trailing by five runs entering the ninth inning, the Padres got a run back and loaded the bases for Khalil Greene, who launched a dramatic game-tying grand slam off Nationals reliever Chad Cordero. The Padres went on to win the game in the 12th inning on Ramon Hernandez's walk-off three-run homer.

Sept. 29, 2012: Maybin scales the CF wall
Cameron Maybin excelled for the Padres in center field across four seasons. There's a case to be made that his best play for the team came on the final weekend of the 2012 season. The Giants' Xavier Nady sent a deep drive just to the left of straightaway center field. Maybin planted a foot in the wall and pushed off, making a leaping catch and robbing Nady of a home run. The Padres, who trailed by three runs at the time, went on to rally for a 7-3 victory over the soon-to-be World Series champions.

April 18, 2004: Klesko authors Petco's first walk-off HR
The Padres played their first game at Petco Park on April 8, 2004. Ten days later, they recorded their first walk-off home run at their new downtown ballpark. It came courtesy of fan favorite Ryan Klesko, who launched 133 homers across his seven seasons in San Diego. The Padres trailed 5-3 in the ninth when Klesko came to the plate with two men aboard against D-backs reliever Matt Mantei. The slugging left-handed hitter shot an opposite-field blast off the facing of the Western Metal Building, capping a four-run ninth and a 6-5 San Diego victory.

Sept. 25, 2010: Denorfia's pennant-race walk-off
With the Padres locked in a tight NL West race against the Giants, Chis Denorfia bested the Reds' Aroldis Chapman with a two-out walk-off double in the ninth inning at Petco Park, sending San Diego to a 4-3 victory. As Chase Headley slid safely into home plate, the Padres' dugout spilled onto the field in celebration. The win put San Diego a half-game up in the division standings (unfortunately, the last day the club would finish atop the division all season).

April 22, 2006: Peavy's 16-strikeout game
No pitcher in Padres history has been as dominant as Jake Peavy's five-year stretch from 2004-08. This was Peavy at his best. Facing a loaded Braves lineup, Peavy struck out every starter at least once. He used a pinpoint fastball and a slider that darted and dove to set a regular-season Padres record with 16 strikeouts.

July 13, 1976: Jones' stellar All-Star Game start
In the midst of his Cy Young Award-winning 1976 campaign, Randy Jones was named the National League's starter for the All-Star Game. His performance was classic Jones, to say the least. He worked three scoreless frames, recording seven of his nine outs via the ground ball. He also fielded his position with ease, making a nice play on Hal McRae’s chopper, and rushing to cover first on Rod Carew’s grounder to second base that was out of the reach of first baseman Steve Garvey.

April 10, 1998: Finley's dramatic walk-off slam
If there's one moment that set the tone for the wild ride that was the 1998 Padres season, it was this one. Trailing by two in the bottom of the ninth, the Padres loaded the bases with a Greg Vaughn single and walks by Mark Sweeney and Quilvio Veras. With two outs, Steve Finley launched a game-winning grand slam off D-backs closer Felix Rodriguez.

June 17, 2013: Venable's game-saving catch in San Francisco
The 2013 Padres weren't a particularly memorable team. But they sure fought, and they surprisingly sat a game above .500 entering a mid-June series against the reigning World Series champion Giants. With the game tied at 3 in the 12th, Juan Perez sent a rocket to straightaway center field. Will Venable backtracked and laid out for one of the most remarkable catches in recent memory, saving the game. The Padres would win it in the 13th -- though that was the high-water mark of their season at two games above .500.