ICYMI: Norris' walk-off slam overpowers Pirates

ICYMI: Norris' walk-off slam overpowers Pirates

Take note readers at home: Just because you have a rough go at the plate in the first eight innings of a game doesn't mean you can't completely turn things around with one swing of the bat. Derek Norris did just that on Friday as he hit a game-winning walk-off grand slam with two outs in the bottom of the ninth to catapult the Padres to a 6-2 victory over the Pirates. Norris, who had struck out four times in his first four at-bats on the evening, becomes the first Major League player to hit a walk-off grand slam following a four strikeout performance in the same game since 1900.

Outside of the ninth-inning heroics, the second game of a four-game set was a well battled contest by the Padres who ultimately came out victorious on the other side. Starter James Shields pitched valiantly, collecting a no decision but also continuing his string of quality starts after giving up only two earned runs over six innings of work. Shields can thank Abraham Almonte for preserving his perfect 6-0 record, as Almonte was the one who initiated the Padres comeback with a game-tying 2-RBI double in the seventh inning. Finally, closer Craig Kimbrel earned his first win of the year while lowering his ERA to 4.74 following a perfect 1-2-3 ninth inning of relief.

The Padres will now look to guarantee a series split in the third game of their four game series against the Pirates on Saturday. In case you missed it, here are some stories and highlights that may have passed you by on Friday:

Padres post-game recap: Norris' grand slam walk-off snaps Bucs' streak

Almonte hustles to make a nice running grab in right-center:

Almonte's running catch

An RBI-double off the bat of Almonte knots the game at 2-2 in the seventh:

 

Almonte's two-run double

Norris' ninth inning heroics seal the game with a slam:

Norris' walk-off grand slam

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