WASHINGTON — Jake Cronenworth hit for his first career cycle, Will Myers had a Grand Slam and a two-run shot and the San Diego Padres set a franchise record for the Washington Nationals’ 24-8 runs on Friday night.
The Padres, who finished the first half with two out of three losses to the Rockies, had 22 hits against seven pitchers. San Diego scored in every innings except the seventh as the Nationals scored the most runs since the franchise moved to Washington in 2005 and the most runs in DC history.
“It was as relentless as I’ve seen my crew go through,” said Padres manager Jayce Tingler. “Discipline in the zone, just the ability to grind, to get them into the zone, to lay pitches out of the zone. That, for an extended period of time, was as bad as anything I’ve seen in my group. “
Cronenworth, who played in the All-Star Game, had a two-run double in second, an RBI triple in third, a single homer in fifth, and an infield single against Shift in sixth. The Juriksen professor replaced him at second base in the bottom of the seventh.
“Just tried to play something hard,” Cronenworth said of his bat in the sixth. “I know I didn’t put it in the hard game, but I did put in the game and … some luck was involved and I think you put it together.”
Cronenworth said that he fell off a bicycle twice while in a minor.
Myers hit a Grand Slam for the second innings of seven runs, and added a two-run homer in the sixth and an RBI single in the eighth.
Tommy Pham had four hits, including a homer, and scored five, and Jorge Matteo hit a home.
Padres starter Chris Paddack (5-6) conceded four runs in five innings.
Juan Soto had four hits, including two home runs, and Gerardo Parra had a three-run homer for Washington, who has lost five and 12 of 10 in a row.
Eric Fedde (4-7) conceded six runs in 1 1/3 innings.
Washington was without fielder Starlin Castro, who was placed on administrative leave Friday under Major League Baseball’s policy of domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse.
“You know, today was a tough day in every way,” said national manager Dave Martinez. “I’m going home, shake it up and be ready to play tomorrow.”
Cronenworth’s cycle was the third in Padres history, after Matt Kemp (2015) and Myers (2017). Charlie Blackman (2018) of the Rockies is the only other player to hit a bicycle against the Nationals (2005–present).