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Padres' Top 10 memorable games of the decade

@AJCassavell
December 2, 2019

SAN DIEGO -- With one of the sport's youngest rosters and a few bona fide stars, the Padres believe the next decade will bring a lot more victories than the last one. But despite the team's struggles, the past decade wasn't without its share of dramatic moments. Here's a look

SAN DIEGO -- With one of the sport's youngest rosters and a few bona fide stars, the Padres believe the next decade will bring a lot more victories than the last one.

But despite the team's struggles, the past decade wasn't without its share of dramatic moments. Here's a look at the Padres' 10 best wins of the last 10 years.

1) A-Gone slams the Padres into first
June 2, 2010

The upstart Padres found themselves in the thick of a division race that would be decided on the final day in 2010. Facing the Mets in early June, they trailed, 1-0, in the ninth when Tony Gwynn Jr. opened the frame with a single off Francisco Rodríguez. David Eckstein tacked on the tying single later in the frame. With two out, Adrián González doubled, but Eckstein was nailed at the plate, and the game went to extras. In the 11th, González left no doubt, launching an opposite-field walk-off grand slam, sending the Padres into sole possession of first place with a 5-1 victory.

2) Renfroe's grand finale
May 5, 2019

Looking to make a statement against the division-rival Dodgers, the Padres had dropped two games in heartbreaking fashion to start the series. Hunter Renfroe flipped the script dramatically in the series finale. He turned on a Kenley Jansen cutter and walloped it off the Western Metal Supply Co. building for a walk-off grand slam in an 8-5 Padres victory. In the process, Renfroe became just the 16th player in Major League history to hit a come-from-behind walk-off slam as a pinch-hitter.

3) Kemp snaps cycle drought
Aug. 14, 2015

In the first 46 seasons of their existence, the Padres hadn't hit for a cycle until Matt Kemp lofted a deep drive to the opposite-field gap at Coors Field in the ninth inning of a mid-August tilt against the Rockies. Kemp had already homered in the first, singled in the third and doubled in the seventh. He wasn't about to be denied his first cycle. When the ball kicked away from Charlie Blackmon, Kemp cruised into third and broke into an ear-to-ear grin. The Padres would win the game, 9-5.

4) Tatis: rally-starter and rally-finisher
June 14, 2019

Arguably the most impressive comeback in franchise history, the Padres trailed, 11-5, against the Rockies when Fernando Tatis Jr. stepped to the plate in the top of the ninth. He pulled a single to left field to spark a six-run rally, which the rookie sensation would cap later in the frame with a two-run single into center. With the game still tied at 11 in the 12th, the Padres scored five more runs, including Renfroe's third homer of the night. Renfroe and Manny Machado both produced four-hit games, and closer Kirby Yates locked down a truly bonkers 16-12 victory.

5) Denorfia comes through in pennant race
Sept. 25, 2010

In big spots, Chris Denorfia owned Aroldis Chapman. His walk-off two-run shot in 2013 was arguably the highlight of that season. But an even bigger moment for Denorfia makes this list. With the Padres and Giants locked in a back-and-forth pennant race, Denorfia shot a ninth-inning double down the left-field line at Petco Park against Chapman and the Reds. Chase Headley would score from first, and the Padres' dugout spilled onto the field to celebrate. The 4-3 victory gave San Diego a half-game lead in the National League West (but after a loss the following day, they wouldn't lead the division again).

6) Upton brings the rain
July 30, 2015

The Padres trailed the Mets, 7-1, in the seventh and, 7-5, in the ninth. Then the rain came. After a 44-minute delay, the Padres notched a pair of singles against Mets closer Jeurys Familia, setting the stage for Justin Upton's dramatic go-ahead three-run shot. The skies would break loose again, prompting another delay -- this one lasting nearly three hours. Afterward, Craig Kimbrel would lock down the victory with a 1-2-3 ninth for San Diego.

7) Cashner flirts with perfection
Sept. 16, 2013

The Padres remain in search of the franchise's first no-hitter, but few will ever come as close to perfection as Andrew Cashner did on this September night in Pittsburgh. He carried a perfecto into the seventh inning, when Jose Tabata broke it up with a clean single to right field. But Cashner promptly erased Tabata by getting Andrew McCutchen to ground into a double play. The hulking right-hander wouldn't allow another baserunner. In the Padres' 2-0 victory, Cashner faced the minimum 27 men, and he retired 26 of them, striking out seven.

8) Mejía slams his way into the big leagues
Sept. 16, 2018

Francisco Mejía was a 22-year-old September callup when he strode to the plate with the bases loaded in a tie game in the bottom of the ninth. He wasted no time making an impression on the hometown fans. The Padres had come from behind earlier in the frame to tie the game at 3 on Freddy Galvis' RBI double, setting the stage for Mejía to become the seventh player in franchise history with a walk-off grand slam. He swung at the first pitch from Rangers reliever Jeffrey Springs and sent it into the left-field seats as Petco Park erupted.

9) Myers cycles the Rockies
April 10, 2017

Everyone loves hitting at Coors Field. But Wil Myers loves hitting at Coors Field, where he owns a .359/.416/.667 career slash line. Myers' defining moment at the ballpark came in April 2017, when he led the Padres to a 5-3 victory by hitting for the second cycle in franchise history. Myers singled in the first, doubled in the third and homered in the sixth. Then, like Kemp, Myers completed the cycle with a triple.

10) Upton walks off ... again
July 2, 2016

In retrospect, July 2, 2016, might end up being one of the most important days of the Padres' rebuilding process. They landed an unprecedented international signing class that day, capping a flurry of moves in a month that overhauled the franchise. Then, they went out and beat the Yankees in dramatic fashion that night. With the first pitch in the bottom of the ninth, Melvin Upton Jr. turned on an Andrew Miller fastball, sending it deep into the second level of the Western Metal Supply Co. building for a 2-1 victory. Upton had already walked off the D-backs and Dodgers that season, and his third walk-off home run of the year set a franchise record.

AJ Cassavell covers the Padres for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ajcassavell.