SAN DIEGO (AP) — It was a happy Mother’s Day indeed for Consuelo Buelvas, who called her son’s game-winning shot from 3,110 miles away in Sincelejo, Colombia.
Jorge Alfaro pinch-hit three-run homer with two outs in the ninth inning gave the San Diego Padres a stunning 3-2 win Sunday against his former team, the Miami Marlins.
If Alfaro looked confident in going deep to center field on the first pitch he saw from Cole Sulser (0-1), it’s because he was buoyed by a phone call he had with his mother before the game. The homer sent Petco Park into a frenzy and earned a curtain call for Alfaro, who was purchased from the Marlins for cash in December.
He seemed in disbelief afterward.
“Just emotions,” he said. “I mean, Mother’s Day, I wasn’t playing, the only at-bat that I get … when I was talking to my mom earlier, she was talking about it — ‘OK, if you’re not playing, just be ready. You’re going to hit a home run today.’ I’m like, ‘Mom, that’s hard to do, OK?’ ” Alfaro said with a chuckle. “‘I don’t care, whatever,’ she explained to me. ‘God bless you, have a good game.’”
When Alfaro came up to the plate, he said he felt “confidence, you know, like trust. Just look for a pitch and put the ball in play. Make hard contact.
“I felt that and when I saw that ball it was like, ‘That should go.’ I can’t explain the feeling right now. It’s just unbelievable. She called it earlier, right before the game started. It’s a lot of emotions.”
Alfaro, who had sent his mother flowers, said she no doubt was watching on TV. He remembered their conversation as he was rounding the bases.
“It feels like a dream, how she knows that,” he said.
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