Sometimes things get a little fuzzy after a night at the pub. Especially when the bartender agrees to maintain Happy Hour pricing during the game and it goes extra innings. So here’s a friendly reminder of what you might have missed while you were drinking.
San Diego played its second extra inning game in three days. Again, it ended in the twelfth; again, the Padres were victorious. Xavier Nady did something he hasn’t done since Sept 25, 2012. He singled. But it was the final key hit in the game, scoring Jedd Gyorko, who had also singled, stolen second, and taken third on a throwing error by Washington catcher Jose Lobaton.
Nady singles. Gyorko steals a base. And those don’t even crack the top three of interesting things that happened during the game. Chase Headley strained his calf (no, not that one; the other one) while hitting in the second inning. He will most likely be placed on the DL today. Seth Smith also hurt himself running out a ground ball to start the eleventh, so Andrew Cashner took a turn in left field (one hitter) in the bottom of the inning. Tommy Medica takes over in LF, and the eleventh passes without incident; but in the twelfth, Medica slips tracking Bryce Harper‘s fly ball, and Harper turns that into a double. Which turns fortuitous, when Everth Cabrera snares Lobaton’s line drive up the middle and doubles Harper off second to end the game. Think the Padres have struggled to hit with runners in scoring position? Washington went oh for sixteen last night in RISP situations.
Eric Stults pitched into the sixth, continues to love having baserunners on, but was in line for the win until Andy LaRoche homered off Nick Vincent – who I think is from Ramona, not entirely sure there – to tie the game in the seventh. A succession of Padres relievers held the Nationals off the scoreboard until Huston Street could close it out in the 12th.
Crazy Ending to Padres-Nationals Game – Schoenfield (ESPN Sweet Spot)
Headley, Smith injured in bizarre win – Lin (SDUT)
Nady’s knock in 12th caps wild Padres win – Brock (mlb.com)
“It was a bizarre game,” said Nady, who entered in the ninth inning of a game that, figuratively and literally, exhausted the Padres’ roster. “A lot of strange happened.” (Lin, SDUT)