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.
Padres walk off against Giants again – Dennis Lin (SDUT)
Giants lose – Grant Brisbee (McCovey Chronicles)
“That was beautiful execution by Lexi,” Padres interim manager Pat Murphy said. “(Hitting coach) Mark Kotsay deserves the credit. He was the one who recommended I put Lexi up there against (Giants left-hander Seth Osich). He liked the matchup. … Lexi’s been in the cooler for how long. For him to come out in that situation tells you something.”
- Kennedy threw 5 innings. Every leadoff hitter he faced reached base.
- Pagan was thrown out stealing in the ninth. The Giants successfully challenged the call, and Pagan was awarded a stolen base.
- A baby boy was born at Petco in the third inning. According to Coach on the post-game show, it was in an elevator near the Bud Selig HOF Plaza. I think. I hope they name the kid Derek Norris, since he hit a 3-run shot just before delivery.
- Why would you go to the ballpark if you were having contractions? Uh, never mind, I don’t want to know.
- Bud Norris left the game in the sixth, after facing 2.5 hitters, with a mild left groin strain.
- The Padres used 4 pitchers to face six hitters in the sixth/seventh.
- Not to be out-done, the Giants also used 4 pitchers to face six hitters in the eighth/ninth. I love September baseball.
- Bumgarner looked perplexed, at times, with Joe West’s strike zone. Once when he was called out on strikes to end the second. It was hard to tell if Madison said something to the #UmpShow – I don’t think he did – but West followed him towards the dugout anyway. In the sixth, he didn’t get strike 3 called on a 2-2 pitch to Gyorko. His body language reflected some frustration, but he didn’t say anything. West took off his mask and stared at the pitcher. Because God Forbid a pitcher display any emotion related to balls and strikes.
- Sorry, no tweets/photos today.