SAN DIEGO ( Associated Press) — It was a truly happy Mother’s Day for Consuelo Buelvas, who called his son’s game-winning shot 3,110 miles away in Cinsalejo, Colombia.
Jorge Alfaro pinched a three-run homer with two outs in the ninth inning to guide the San Diego Padres to a 3-2 win over former Miami Marlins on Sunday.
If Alfaro looks confident in going deep into center field on the first pitch from Col Sulcer (0-1), it’s because he was excited by a phone call with his mother before the game. Homer sends Petco Park into a frenzy and earns a curtain call for Alfaro, which was bought for cash from the Marlins in December.
He seemed in disbelief afterwards.
“Just feelings,” he said. “I mean, Mother’s Day, I wasn’t playing, I only get one bat… When I was talking to my mom before, she was talking about it — ‘Okay, if You are not playing, so be ready. Today you are going to participate in the home race.’ I’m like, ‘Mom, this is hard to do, right?’ ‘ said Alfaro with a laugh. “I don’t care, whatever,” he explained to me. ‘God bless you, a good game.'”
When Alfaro came to the plate, he said he felt “confidence, you know, like confidence. Just find a pitch and keep the ball in play. Make tough contact.
“I felt like that and when I saw that ball it was like, ‘He must go.’ I can’t explain the feeling right now. It’s unbelievable. He said it just before the game started. It’s a lot of emotions.”
Alfaro, who sent flowers to her mother, said she was undoubtedly watching on TV. He remembered their conversation as he was rounding the bases.
“It sounds like a dream, how does she know this,” he said.
By the ninth, it looked like the Padres were going to be locked in for a second straight game. But Trent Grisham and CJ Abrams got ahead of Alfaro, who knew it was off the bat.
Alfaro turned to the Padres’ dugout, tossed his bat to one side and twice placed his right hand on the “Padres” in front of his jersey, and then began his trot. It was his second homer and the first walk-off shot of his career.
The Jurikson professor was the first to greet Alfaro before the crowd gathered at the house. Proffer made second in ninth when he was tagged on Grisham’s grounder while trying to take third against Shift and made an error on third baseman Joy Wendell. Third base was open and Proffer ran for the bag, but Sulsar chased him down and tagged him.
“I was already mentally prepared to say, ‘Yeah I messed it up.’ But here my friend saved me,” said the professor, pointing to Alfaro. “That’s why we have a great team. We believe in each other. We know what everyone is capable of. That’s what makes it fun.”
Jazz Chisholm made home for the Marlins, who have lost seven of eight games.
Manny Machado extended his on-base streak to 18 games, but neither he nor Eric Hosmer — two of baseball’s best hitters this season — could deliver a major blow to the Padres.
Trevor Rogers held San Diego for five hits in five innings, while striking three and running two.
Rogers got Hosmer to pop up with two runners to finish both the third and fifth innings. After Kim Ha-seong hit a fly ball into the left-field corner on the warning track with a runner on in fifth for a second out, Machado tossed a ball down the line, which appeared to be Hosmer’s pop up. Before she became single.
Machado was batting. 381 and Hosmer .355 were coming. The next best Padres were batting regularly. 238, and four were below .200.
Joe Musgrove of San Diego threw a season-high 108 pitches in seven strong innings. He held the Marlins for two runs and five hits, while another one for eight was underway. Robert Suarez (2-1) scored the win for the Padres, working a strikeout and no hit in two innings.
Marlins: Placed LHP Richard Blair on injured (unknown) and selected INF Eric Gonzalez from Triple-A Jacksonville.
Marlins: RHP Alisair Hernandez (2-1, 6.66) is set to take on RHP Humberto Castellanos (2-1, 4.12) in the first match of a three-game series in Arizona starting Monday night.
Padres: Rookie LHP Mackenzie Gore (2-0, 1.71) faces RHP Kyle Hendrix (1-3, 5.64) and the Chicago Cubs in the first match of a three-match home series starting Monday night.
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