Stat of the Day: Caratini makes it grand

May 13th, 2021

MLB.com is keeping track of a Stat of the Day for the Padres this season, highlighting a unique, interesting or fun nugget from each game.

May 12: Padres 5, Rockies 3 (seven innings) -- Slam Diego is back
The Padres led the Majors with seven grand slams in the 60-game season last year, but they entered Wednesday as one of 13 teams still without a slam in 2021. Victor Caratini changed that with a sixth-inning drive in the first game of the doubleheader at Coors Field. It was the Padres’ 39th plate appearance with the bases loaded this year.

May 11: Padres 8, Rockies 1 -- Manny clears the bases
Manny Machado was a driving force behind the birth of Slam Diego last season, launching a pair of grand slams -- including a walk-off salami during the Padres' record-setting four-game slam streak. He owns a career 1.170 OPS with the bases loaded. This year, Machado may not have hit any grand slams. But he's the only Padre to record an extra-base hit with the bases loaded. He's done so twice -- both bases-clearing triples.

May 9: Padres 11, Giants 1 -- Moonshot after moonshot
Jake Cronenworth and Fernando Tatis Jr. launched a pair of absolute moonshots in the top of the second inning. Cronenworth's blast checked in at 445 feet into McCovey Cove, before Tatis topped him with a 454-foot blast just a few moments later. It marked just the seventh time since Statcast began tracking home run distances that a pair of teammates hit 445-plus home runs in the same inning. It was the first time two Padres had done so.

May 8: Giants 7, Padres 1 -- Manny's hardest-hit ball of 2021
Manny Machado is hitting the ball hard despite his .230 batting average. He's in the top 3% for hard-hit rate, top 5% for average exit velocity and top 6% for maximum exit velocity this season. His first-inning single that deflected off shortstop Brandon Crawford's glove was his hardest-hit ball of 2021, with an exit velocity of 115.3 mph.

May 7: Giants 5, Padres 4 -- Snell walks six
Blake Snell's stuff was electric, as usual, but his control was practically nonexistent. Snell allowed only one hit, but he surrendered four runs -- in large part because of the six walks he allowed. Snell became just the sixth starter in Padres history to record a line with only one hit and at least four runs allowed, and the first since Brett Kennedy on Sept. 7, 2018. Only one starter in franchise history allowed more than four runs on one hit -- Tim Stauffer, who allowed seven runs on one hit during a start in 2011.

May 5: Padres 4, Pirates 2 -- Yu's two-strike wizardry
Don't fall behind against Yu Darvish. A master of nearly a dozen putaway offerings, Darvish hasn't allowed a two-strike hit to an opponent since a Buster Posey single on April 6. That's a span of 75 batters who have gone to two strikes against Darvish without recording a hit.

May 4: Pirates 2, Padres 1 -- Another strong night for the 'pen
The Padres' bullpen has thrived despite facing some serious adversity this season. In large part, that adversity has resulted from early exits by San Diego starters -- though Dinelson Lamet's two-inning outing in this game was planned. The Padres' relief corps owns a National League-best 2.82 ERA, despite the fact the team has used at least five relievers in a game 13 times this season, the most in the Majors.

May 3: Padres 2, Pirates 0 -- Pitching staff starts strong
Padres pitchers have combined to post a 2.81 ERA so far this season -- the second-best team mark through 30 games in franchise history. Only the 2010 team had a better ERA (2.74) through 30 games.

May 2: Giants 7, Padres 1 -- Who you calling short?
Fernando Tatis Jr. has hit some mammoth home runs in his career. He hasn't hit many cheapies. But his first-inning blast off Kevin Gausman just might qualify. Tatis' 338-foot homer into the Petco Porch in the right-field corner was the shortest of his career. The expected batting average on the play was just .240. It is, however, yet another example that Tatis is a prolific slugger, capable of all manner of home runs. His 42-degree launch angle on the homer was the second highest of his career.

May 1: Padres 6, Giants 2 -- A historic start for Tatis
Saturday's game marked the 162nd game of Fernando Tatis Jr.'s brilliant young career. He went 0-for-3, though he walked, stole a base and scored a couple of runs. After a full season's worth of big league games, it's worth pausing to appreciate what Tatis has accomplished. He's the first player in MLB history with 40 homers and 30 steals through his first 162 games. Among shortstops, his 46 home runs are the most in that span as well.