Sometimes things get a little fuzzy after a night at the pub. Or perhaps you get distracted thanks to four pitching changes in the span of six hitters – twice. Here’s a friendly reminder of what you missed while you were drinking.
The Padres (72-81) took the rubber game and the 3-game series from San Francisco (79-73), 5-4, on a walk-off single by Alexi Amarista. Craig Kimbrel (4-2) was awarded the win for a scoreless inning of relief. Mike Broadway (0-2) took the loss after allowing a leadoff double to Derek Norris in the ninth. An announced crowd of 31,137 watched the proceedings, and a surprisingly good chunk of them stayed the whole Three Hours and Thirty-Three minutes it took to play.
Ian Kennedy started for San Diego and managed to escape damage in the first only because Angel Pagan forgot how to round third. His squared-off turn would have made a Drill Instructor happy, but it enabled Melvin Upton Jr. and Wil Myers to complete the relay to Norris, nabbing Pagan at the plate. The Giants jumped to an early lead anyway on Brandon Crawford‘s home run to lead off the second. Madison Bumgarner, who had throttled the Padres the last time he faced them, walked Justin Upton to start the second, allowed Jedd Gyorko to single, and then surrendered a 3-run HR to Norris that juuust cleared the wall in RC. 3-1 San Diego.
San Francisco got on back on Alejandro De Aza‘s RBI single in the second, and tied the game in the fifth on Marlon Byrd‘s RBI single. The Giants forged ahead thanks to a wild pitch (that moved runners to second and third), and a balk that allowed Brandon Crawford to score. Pat Murphy came out to argue to no avail.
It stayed that way until Bumgarner left the game after seven. Former lights-out closer Sergio Romo hung a pitch to Matt Kemp, who lined it into the LF corner for a double. When the left-field foul pole turned into a pinball flipper, knocking the ball away from De Aza, Cory Spangenberg scored easily from first. In the ninth, Norris’ double was followed by Melvin Upton’s perfect sacrifice bunt; an intentional walk to Brett Wallace; and the RBI single from Amarista against a drawn in infield and outfield.
And so we bid farewell to the legions of invading orange-clad fans for another year.