Victor Caratini. Photo by Chris Stone
Victor Caratini. Photo by Chris Stone

The Padres split a doubleheader with the Colorado Rockies Wednesday, a day after multiple COVID-19 issues pummeled the club.

They won the first game, 5-3, on the strength of Victor Caratini’s sixth-inning grand slam. Emilio Pagan improved to 3-0 in the win, while Mark Melancon notched his Major-League leading 12th save.

They dropped the second, 3-2, after forcing the game to extra innings with a Caratini RBI single in the seventh – regulation for twin bills again this season. Nick Ramirez took the loss after giving up an RBI single to Rockie Josh Fuentes in the eighth.

As expected, the club placed Eric Hosmer and Wil Myers on the injured list, joining Fernando Tatis, Jr., Jurickson Profar and Jorge Mateo.

Myers and Tatis tested positive for COVID-19, while the others must miss games due to contact tracing.

“The most important thing is the guys are feeling well,” manager Jayce Tingler said.

The Padres added Brian O’Grady and Patrick Kivlehan to the roster following the Hosmer and Myers moves.

In Wednesday’s games, Jake Cronenworth and Ha-Seong Kim played for Hosmer and Tatis at first and short. Tucupita Marcano filled in at second, while Tommy Pham played left, where he usually splits time with Profar. O’Grady and Kivlehan shared the right field assignment.

The Padres have an off-day Thursday before starting a nine-game home stand with the St. Louis Cardinals. The Rockies follow, then the Seattle Mariners.

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