Fans, players flee Nationals Park after gunshots ring out during game

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Moments after Kyle Finnegan struck out Wil Myers to end the half-inning around 9:30 p.m., with the Padres leading 8-4, a series of five or six gunshots could be heard emanating from behind the third base stands. Within a minute or so, a group of fans could be seen racing along the main concourse toward the center field exits, and a member of the umpiring crew cleared the field.

About 15 minutes later, Hruska then informed fans they could calmly exit the ballpark through the center field and right field gates only. Fans slowly made their way out, though some remained in their seats for some time until the announcement was finally made that the game had been suspended.

It will resume Sunday at 1:05 p.m., with the Nationals coming up to bat in the bottom of the sixth. Upon completion of this game, the regularly scheduled series finale will be played. Both games will be played through the full nine innings, the team announced.

According to the D.C. Police Department, two people were shot on the 1500 block of South Capitol Street, which runs behind the third base line. It appeared to be an isolated incident, with no subsequent threat to anyone inside the stadium.

Cronenworth hits for cycle; Padres score 24 runs

ESPN 16 July, 2021 - 09:48pm

WASHINGTON -- San Diego Padres second baseman Jake Cronenworth hit for the cycle for the first time in his major league career as his team blew out the Washington Nationals 24-8 on Friday night.

After lining out in the first inning, Cronenworth had a two-run double in the second, an RBI triple in the third, a solo homer in the fifth and an infield single against the shift in the sixth. Jurickson Profar replaced him at second base in the bottom of the seventh.

The Padres, who finished the first half of the season by losing two of three to the Colorado Rockies, had 22 hits against seven Washington pitchers and set a franchise record for runs. San Diego scored in every inning except the seventh, as the Nationals allowed the most runs since the franchise moved to Washington in 2005.

"That was just as relentless up and down the lineup I've seen our crew,'' Padres manager Jayce Tingler said. "The discipline in the zone, just the grinding ability, making them come to the zone, laying off pitches out of the zone. That, for an extended period of time was as nasty as I've seen our group.''

Highlighted in the barrage were two homers from Wil Myers, including a grand slam in the second inning. Tommy Pham had four hits, including a homer, and scored five runs.

Cronenworth's cycle was the third in Padres' history, following Matt Kemp (2015) and Myers (2017). Charlie Blackmon of the Rockies is the only other player to hit for the cycle against the Nationals, accomplishing the feat on the final day of the 2018 season.

"Just tried to put something in play hard,'' Cronenworth said of his at-bat in the sixth that clinched the cycle. "I know I didn't put it in play hard, but I put in play and ... some luck involved and I guess that's how you put that one together.''

Cronenworth said he twice fell a single short of the cycle while in the minors.

The 27-year-old Cronenworth is batting .276 with 12 home runs and 34 RBIs.

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