SAN FRANCISCO – Taylor Rogers struggled to find the right words through all his emotions after he and twin brother Tyler wore opposite uniforms in the same Premier League match, each part of the boxing score for a moment they had long anticipated.
Taylor hit the ninth inning to earn his third save in San Diego’s 4-2 victory over the San Francisco Giants on Monday night, with Tyler losing. They even stood in for their managers exchanging the line-up cards, and the referee crew starting before posing with them for a photo.
“I do not know if I even have the words yet,” said Taylor Rogers, taken over by the Minnesota Padres last Thursday prior to opening day. “Really, really cool. I want to thank Bob Melvin and Gabe Kapler for letting us do the lineup cards. That was a special moment and I also got some great photos of it. I’m so blessed. I can not believe it. bart. “
Tyler immediately left the ballpark and the state to welcome his first child, a boy.
“Next week will feel dull,” joked Taylor, greeted by the already authenticated game ball and in his closet.
Photos showed similar ways in which Taylor said “that’s how twins work.” I know that was part of the plan.
“Probably if you put them in the same uniform, you can not tell them apart,” said Melvin, the Padres’ manager. “I know it’s a special day that they can both be on the field together. There are twins and then there are twins, and that’s a difficult one to distinguish from each other.”
Hours later, Taylor Rogers was called up to close the game and hang his brother with a loss.
“I thought about that when I walked to the mound – this brings me to a strange place here,” he said. “It’s good, because the relationship we have, it’s not … I will not go to him and say, ‘Ha, ha. I’ll go to him and say, ‘Dude, how freakin’ was that cool? ”
According to research by Elias Sports Bureau, this was the first time the twin brothers pitted against each other in MLB history. As of Monday, there had been only one game in MLB history in which two twin brothers played handball, but they were on the same team: on July 31, 1956, Johnny and Eddie O’Brien both played for the Pirates against the Cardinals.
Manny Machado’s RBI groundout in the seventh inning put San Diego ahead, 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 loaded the bases with two in the eighth on a walk to Steven Duggar, but Mauricio Dubon struck out swinging.
Nola tied in the fifth only for the Giants to tie it in the sixth on a two-out wild pitch by winning pitcher Steven Wilson.
San Diego right-hander Nick Martinez made his first major league start since 2017 for Texas after spending three of the past four years in Japan. He allowed one run on five hits, struck out six strikes and ran one over five innings.
Melvin said Padres left-hander Blake Snell, scratched from his start Sunday with tightness in his left upper leg, will wait until Tuesday to throw and then the Padres will determine if he may need a stint on the 10-day injured list.
“He’s running around OK,” Melvin said, not ready to comment on Snell’s status. “I want to leave it open. I’m a bit skeptical about the fact that he had to be scratched yesterday, but I do not want to come for myself and I want him to have some input.”
Giants starter Alex Wood hit six more than 4⅓ innings, allowing two runs on five hits in his first 2022 start. Kapler received his 2021 NL Manager of the Year award during a pregame ceremony. He was also raised for the Rogers brothers.
“We can shine the light on a special day for her family,” said the Giants’ skipper.
ESPN Stats & Information and The Associated Press contributed to this report.