Luis Arraez Had Epic Message for Padres Hitting Coach Before Walk-Off Hit

May 10, 2024; San Diego, California, USA; San Diego Padres designated hitter Luis Arraez (4)
May 10, 2024; San Diego, California, USA; San Diego Padres designated hitter Luis Arraez (4) / Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports
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Luis Arraez called game.

Arraez, acquired by the San Diego Padres in a deal that sent four players to the Miami Marlins last Saturday, stepped up when his new team needed him most during the Padres' 2-1 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers at Petco Park in San Diego, Ca.

Facing Dodgers' righthander Michael Grove with the speedy Tyler Wade on first base, Arraez lined the first pitch he saw—a 93-MPH cutter—into center field, sending Wade around the base paths for the walk-off hit.

Moments before the walk-off, Arraez predicted he would win the game in a conversation with San Diego hitting coach Victor Rodriguez, a moment he shared with Padres radio host Sammy Levitt during a postgame interview.

"As I waited for the at-bat, I turned to my hitting coach, Victor. I said, 'I'll finish this game.' And I did it," Arraez said.

What a way for Arraez, making his debut at Petco Park, to further endear himself to Padres fans. The San Felipe, Venezuela native has wasted no time getting acclimated to San Diego, as he's posted a .375/.423/.417 slash line with five runs scored and a pair of RBI in six games with his new club.

Arraez, 27, is a career .324 hitter in six MLB seasons.


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Tim Capurso

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