SAN FRANCISCO – Taylor Rogers struggled to find the right words through all his emotions after he and twin brother Tyler played in the same major league match wearing conflicting uniforms, each part of the box scoring a moment they had imagined for so long.
Taylor hit the ninth inning to earn his third save in the San Diego Padres’ 4-2 victory over the San Francisco Giants on Monday night, where Tyler took the loss. They even arranged for their managers to exchange the lineup cards, surprising the referee team before posing for a picture with them.
“I do not know if I have the words at all yet,” said Taylor, who was acquired by the Padres of the Minnesota Twins on Thursday prior to opening day. “Really, really cool. I want to thank Bob Melvin and Gabe Kapler for letting us take the lineup cards. It was a special moment and I also got some great pictures from it. I’m so blessed. I can not believe it. happens. “
Tyler immediately left the ball field – and the state – to receive his first child, a boy.
“Next week will feel boring,” joked Taylor, greeted by the game ball already approved and in his closet.
Pictures showed similar manners to which Taylor said, “That’s how twins work.” The brothers chatted behind the batting cage prior to the match, before later exchanging lineup cards on the home plate and posing for a shot with the referee crew. They did. I do not know that it was part of the plan.
“Probably, if you put them in the same uniform, you could not distinguish them from each other,” said Melvin, Padres’ manager. “I know it’s a special day for both of them to be able to be on the field together. There are twins, and then there are twins, and it’s hard to distinguish from each other.”
Hours later, Taylor Rogers was called in to close the game and hang his brother with a loss.
“I was thinking about it when I ran out to the mound – this puts me in a strange place here,” he said. “It’s okay, because the relationship we have is not … I’m not going to go over to him and say ‘ha, ha’.” I’m going to go to him and say, ‘Dude, how cool was that?’ ”
According to Elias Sports Bureau investigations, it marked the first time that twin brothers beat each other in MLB’s history. By Monday, there had been only one game in MLB history in which two twin brothers played, but they were on the same team: On July 31, 1956, Johnny and Eddie O’Brien both pitched for the Pittsburgh Pirates against St. Louis. Louis Cardinals.
Manny Machado’s RBI groundout in the seventh inning put San Diego ahead Monday, and Austin Nola hit his first home run of the season for the Padres.
Jake Cronenworth’s RBI single in the ninth provided insurance.
Pierce Johnson filled the bases with two outs in the eighth on the walk to Steven Duggar, but Mauricio Dubon struck out with a swing.
Nola joined in the fifth, only for the Giants to equalize it in the sixth on a two-out wild pitch by beating pitcher Steven Wilson.
San Diego right-hander Nick Martinez started his first major league start since 2017 for the Texas Rangers after spending three of the past four years playing in Japan. He allowed a run of five hits, knocked out six and went one over five innings.
Melvin said Padre left-back Blake Snell, who was scratched from his scheduled start on Sunday with tightness in his left upper leg, will wait until Tuesday to throw, and San Diego will then decide if he may need a stay on the list. 10-day injured. .
“He’s walking around OK,” Melvin said, not ready to guess Snell’s status. “I want to leave it open. I’m a little skeptical that he should be scratched yesterday, but I do not want to get ahead of myself and I want him to have some input.”
San Francisco starter Alex Wood hit six over 4⅓ innings, allowing two runs on five hits in his first start in 2022. Kapler received his 2021 National League Manager of the Year award during a pregame ceremony. He was also enthusiastic about the Rogers brothers.
“We can shine the light on a special day for their family,” the Giants skipper said.
ESPN Stats & Information and The Associated Press contributed to this report.