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.