WASHINGTON – Jake Cronenworth hit in his first career cycle, Wil Myers had a grand slam and a two-run throw and the San Diego Padres set a franchise race record in a 24-8 beating of the Washington Nationals on Friday. in the evening.
The Padres, who finished the first half losing two of three to the Rockies, had 22 hits against seven pitchers. San Diego scored in every inning except the seventh, as the Nationals allowed the most runs since the franchise moved to Washington in 2005 and tied for the most in DC history.
“That was so relentless up and down the lineup that I’ve seen our team,” Padres manager Jayce Tingler said. “The discipline in the zone, just the grinding skill, having them come into the zone, throwing out of the zone. That, for an extended period of time, was as disgusting as I’ve seen in our group.”
Cronenworth had a two-run double in the second, an RBI triple in the third, a solo home run in the fifth and an infield single against the change in the sixth. Jurickson Profar replaced him at second base in the bottom of the seventh.
“I just tried to put something into the game tough,” Cronenworth said of his at-bat in the sixth. “I know I didn’t stake it hard, but I did stake it and … a little bit of luck involved and I guess that’s how you put it.”
Cronenworth said he twice fell short on the cycle while in the minors.
Myers hit a grand slam to cap a seven-run second inning, adding a two-run home run in the sixth and an RBI single in the eighth.
Tommy Pham had four hits, including a home run, and scored five runs, and Jorge Mateo homered.
Padres starter Chris Paddack (5-6) allowed four runs in five innings.
Juan Soto had four hits, including two home runs, and Gerardo Parra hit a three-run home run for Washington, which has lost five in a row and 10 of 12.
Erick Fedde (4-7) allowed six runs in 1 1/3 innings.
Washington was left without infielder Starlin Castro, who was placed on administrative leave Friday by Major League Baseball under its domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse policy.
“You know what? Today was a tough day in every way,” Nationals manager Dave Martinez said. “I’m going to go home, shake this off, and be ready to play tomorrow.”
The Cronenworth cycle was the third in Padres history, after Matt Kemp (2015) and Myers (2017). Charlie Blackmon of the Rockies (2018) is the only other player to hit for the cycle against the Nationals (2005-present).
Padres: Rookie LHP Ryan Weathers was placed on the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to July 13, with a swollen right ankle. Weathers was injured Sunday against the Rockies.
Nationals: He signed C Rene Rivera. The 37-year-old hit .236 with two home runs and nine RBIs in 21 games for Cleveland this season. … C Jackson Reetz was sent to Triple-A Rochester. ? INF Jordy Mercer (injured right quadriceps) was reinstated from the 10-day disabled list.
Parents: Weathers, who suffered bruising to the back of his ankle, was wearing a walking boot but has since pitched without it. … RHP Yu Darvish (left hip swelling) is progressing and Tingler said the plan is for Darvish to start Monday in Atlanta. … C Austin Nola (sprained left knee) caught five innings in a rehab start with Triple-A El Paso on Thursday.
Nationals: CF Víctor Robles left the game in the second inning due to dizziness, according to Martinez. with an apparent illness. … C Alex Avila (bilateral calf strain) took batting practice on Friday. Martinez said he is close to returning from the IL in 10 days.
UNTIL NEXT TIME
Padres left-hander Blake Snell (3-3, 4.99 ERA) makes his first career start at Nationals Park. He won his only previous start against Washington in 2018 while with Tampa Bay, allowing one hit in seven innings. Nationals left-hander Patrick Corbin (6-7, 5.40) beat the Padres in his last start, on July 7 in San Diego.