Taylor Rogers gets save for San Diego Padres as twin brother, Tyler, takes loss for San Francisco Giants

SAN FRANCISCO — Taylor Rogers struggled to search out the proper phrases by all his feelings after he and twin brother Tyler pitched in the identical main league recreation sporting opposing uniforms, every a part of the boxscore for a second that they had envisioned for so lengthy.

Taylor pitched the ninth inning to earn his third save in San Diego‘s 4-2 victory towards the San Francisco Giants on Monday evening, with Tyler taking the loss. They even stood in for their managers exchanging the lineup playing cards, startling the umpire crew earlier than posing for a photograph with them.

“I do not know if I even have the phrases but,” mentioned Taylor Rogers, acquired by the Padres from Minnesota final Thursday forward of opening day. “Really, actually cool. I need to thank Bob Melvin and Gabe Kapler for letting us do the lineup playing cards. That was a particular second and bought some good photos from that, too. I’m so blessed. I can not consider it is taking place.”

Tyler instantly left the ballpark and the state to go welcome his first little one, a boy.

“Next week’s going to really feel boring,” joked Taylor, greeted by the sport ball already authenticated and in his locker.

Photos confirmed related mannerisms, to which Taylor mentioned “that is how twins work.” The brothers chatted behind the batting cage earlier than the sport, then later exchanged the lineup playing cards at house plate and posed for a photograph with the umpire crew. They did not know that was a part of the plan.

“Probably in case you put them in the identical uniform you could not inform them aside,” mentioned Melvin, the Padres’ supervisor. “I do know it is a special occasion for each of them with the ability to be on the sector collectively. There’s twins after which there’s twins, and that may be a troublesome one to inform aside.”

Hours later, Taylor Rogers was summoned to shut out the sport and hold his brother with a loss.

“I considered that as I used to be working out to the mound — that is placing me in a bizarre spot right here,” he mentioned. “It’s OK, as a result of the connection that now we have, it isn’t … I’m not going to go over to him and say, ‘Ha, ha.’ I’m going to go over to him and say, ‘Dude, how freakin’ cool was that?”’

According to Elias Sports Bureau analysis, this marked the primary time that twin brothers pitched towards one another in MLB historical past. Entering Monday, there had been just one recreation in MLB historical past wherein two twin brothers pitched, however they have been on the identical workforce: on July 31, 1956, Johnny and Eddie O’Brien each pitched for the Pirates towards the Cardinals.

Manny Machado‘s RBI groundout within the seventh inning put San Diego forward, and Austin Nola hit his first house run of the season for the Padres.

Jake Cronenworth‘s RBI single within the ninth offered insurance coverage.

Pierce Johnson loaded the bases with two outs within the eighth on a stroll to Steven Duggar, however Mauricio Dubon struck out swinging.

Nola linked within the fifth solely for the Giants to tie it within the sixth on a two-out wild pitch by successful pitcher Steven Wilson.

San Diego right-hander Nick Martinez made his first main league begin since 2017 for Texas after spending three of the previous 4 years enjoying in Japan. He allowed one run on 5 hits, struck out six and walked one over 5 innings.

Melvin mentioned that Padres left-hander Blake Snell, scratched from his begin Sunday with tightness in his left higher leg, will wait till Tuesday to throw after which the Padres will decide whether or not he may want a stint on the 10-day injured listing.

“He’s strolling round OK,” Melvin mentioned, not able to guess on Snell’s standing. “I need to depart it open. I’m a little bit skeptical primarily based on the truth that he needed to be scratched yesterday, however I do not need to get forward of myself and I would like him to have some enter.”

Giants starter Alex Wood struck out six over 4⅓ innings, permitting two runs on 5 hits in his first 2022 begin. Kapler acquired his 2021 NL Manager of the Year award throughout a pregame ceremony. He was thrilled for the Rogers brothers, too.

“We can shine the sunshine on a special occasion for their household,” the Giants’ skipper mentioned.

ESPN Stats & Information and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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