Sometimes things get a little fuzzy after a few lazy ones on a Sunday afternoon. Here’s a friendly reminder of what you might have missed while you were drinking or doing other stuff.
The lowly Padres were on the verge of a sweep at the hands of the super-lowly D-backs of Hades proper, yet managed to get themselves a walk-off win in the most unlikely of fashions: a weak grounder resulting in a fielder’s choice and Cameron Maybin sliding into home for a critical 4-3 win to wrap up the series.
Perhaps it wasn’t so unlikely a result during that 9th inning. Cameron Maybin is really fast and Yonder Alonso, the batter, excels at slapping weak ground balls. Did it all go according to plan? Either way the Padres won and improved their record to 14-18, 6.5 games behind division leading San Francisco.
Replay crucial in Padres’ first walk-off of ’14 (Tim Powers – mlb.com)
Padres avert sweep with walk-off (Chris Jenkins – U-T)
“I’ve been playing baseball since I was three years old, and the human factor has always been a part of it. You get some calls that go your way and some don’t, but that’s just part of it. I was always a big fan of the human factor. Those guys work their [behinds] off to get the calls right. It’s new and I think it takes some getting used to.” ~ Cameron Maybin [Powers]
Number of the day: #Padres skipper Buddy Black is 4 for 4 this season on challenges. And to think, he didn't even go to chapel today.
— Bernie Wilson (@berniewilson) May 5, 2014
Yonder knocks the cover off the ball for a walk-off win. #Padres
— Brady Phelps (@LobShots) May 4, 2014
Walk off for my #Padres & really needed that 1. Might have misspoken & said boys took series. Didn't. But NO sweep by Az. Tough KC team next
— Ted Leitner (@TedLeitner) May 4, 2014
— padres haiku (@padreshaiku) May 4, 2014
— Michael Joaquin (@MikeyGj23) May 4, 2014
Yonder Alonso is the star of the game by hitting garbage to 1B? #PPLive
— VM David (@VocalMinoritySD) May 4, 2014
Wait…Yonder is star of the game with a soft hit first pitch ground ball and not Rene Rivera for pounding the ball today? Uh….ok.
— The Pitiful Padres (@ThePitifulPadre) May 4, 2014
— Dennis Lin (@dennistlin) May 4, 2014
The title of this video clip is: “Padres first baseman Yonder Alonso talks about coming through with a pinch-hit walk-off fielder’s choice in the 9th inning”
— Lake Elsinore Storm (@Storm_Baseball) May 4, 2014
— San Diego Padres (@Padres) May 5, 2014
In honor of Bud Black’s sullen press conference I present to you:
To the outside, the dead leaves lay on the lawn
For they don’t have trees to hang upon.