SAN DIEGO (AP) — Joe Dunand, the nephew of Alex Rodriguez, homered on the third pitch he saw as a big leaguer and then doubled as the Miami Marlins beat the San Diego Padres 8-0 Saturday night to end a six-game losing streak.
Jorge Soler hit his first career grand slam and Pablo López pitched eight strong innings for Miami.
Dunand hit a 1-1 pitch from left-hander Sean Manaea into the first row in left-center with one out in the third just hours after his contract was selected from Triple-A Jacksonville.
“I blacked out, I think. I don’t remember much,” Dunand said. “I just remember my game plan. I was looking for the ball up and hit it hard up the middle, and I think I picked back up running around second. It was a great feeling.”
A-Rod tweeted, “WOW! First MLB at-bat HOME RUN. Lets go Joe!!!” The tweet was accompanied by a video of some adults celebrating wildly.
“I haven’t looked at my phone. I’m sure it’s blowing up,” Dunand said. “But I’m sure I’ll watch it. I’m sure he went crazy.”
Dunand is 695 home runs behind his uncle, who is fourth on the all-time list after a career tainted by steroid use.
Dunand did not receive the silent treatment in the dugout after the homer, but he was doused in a wild clubhouse celebration. He also got the ball back from the kid who caught it, who asked to meet Marlins second baseman Jazz Chisholm Jr.
“The kid wanted to meet Jazz and Jazz said, ‘I got you,’ so he went and met him and got me the ball. So thank you, Jazz,” Dunand said.
Dunand was promoted from Triple-A Jacksonville after Jon Berti was placed on the injured list. Dunand had been on the taxi squad for this trip through San Diego and Arizona. He started at third base and batted ninth.
The 26-year-old Dunand doubled to left in his second at-bat and scored on Garrett…