Sometimes things get a little fuzzy after a night in the pub. Here’s a friendly reminder of what you might have missed while you were drinking.
“Sometimes you eat the Norf. And sometimes the Norf eats you.” ~ Sam Elliot (The Big Lebowski)
Last night, everyone in San Diego echoed that same sentiment. The series opener moved along at a leisurely pace until the ninth inning when Aroldis Chapman, Cincinnati’s fire-balling closer, entered the game to preserve a 1-0 win for Fallbrook’s Mike Leake. It wouldn’t be that easy for Chapman. Yonder Alonso put together a fantastic AB that manifested itself in a lead-off walk and then pinch hitter Chris Denorfia stepped to the plate. Norf took the first pitch he saw and deposited it over the CF wall for a 2-1 walk-off win.
The Padres improved to 49-58, 1.5 games ahead of last place San Francisco and 8.5 games behind division leading Los Angeles.
Denorfia’s walk-off homer rescues Padres – Jamal Collier (mlb.com)
Two up, two down: Padres 2, Reds 1 – Dennis Lin (U-T)
“I hit the ball and I run. About halfway to first I realized it had a shot, but especially in this ballpark you never bank on a ball getting out of here.” [Collier]
— Leila Rahimi (@leilarahimiCSN) July 30, 2013
— FOX Sports SD Girls (@FSSanDiegoGirls) July 30, 2013
— Jamal Collier (@JamalCollier) July 30, 2013
— Annie Heilbrunn (@annieheilbrunn) July 30, 2013
That was a lot of MSM Norfing!
— Gaslamp Ball (@gaslampball) July 30, 2013
— Vocal Minority (@VocalMinoritySD) July 30, 2013
— Jeremy Nash (@Jeremy_Nash) July 30, 2013
Aroldis Chapman watches Chris Denorfia’s bomb fly, far, far, away.
And then the celebration . . .