EXTRA LONG, BUT A WIN
- 11-6 Padres
Yesterday was amazing. A little crazy, but amazing. It all started at 12:30 a.m. Friday morning, when Jake Peavy got the call that his wife, Katie, was going into labor. Consequently, Jake decided not to make the his scheduled start and instead flew back to San Diego to be with his wife and 2 young sons. That meant that Dirk Hayhurst would be forced to make the start. If you can recall, Dirk has not been very good in his starts, and last night was no different. He gave up 4 runs in 3 and 1/3 innings, while walking 3. Will Venable hit a solo homer in the 3rd to cut the National’s lead to 2-1. We pulled ahead in the 4th, though, with double Giles, single Gonzalez, and home run Kouzmanoff. So begins the tug-of-war. We had a lot of leads. The Nationals came back time after time. They were helped very greatly by walks. 12 to be precise. The game became tied at 6 in the 8th, actually, without a hit! And, so, the game went into extra innings. We had chances, that’s for sure. With some more walks, Washington had some great chances as well. In the 12th, Edgar Gonzalez ran out a double to start the inning. Jody Gerut came to the plate. (yeah, Buddy was running out of players!) He was trying to bunt. He popped it up, and the pitcher ran off the mound and dove to catch the ball. Then he threw to second, where Edgar was way off the bag. OUCH. But in the 14th, we finally broke through. Kouz started off by getting hit for the 15th time this season. Chase Headley got his 4th hit of the night, a triple, to drive Kouz in. Nick Hundley and Edgar Gonzalez followed with singles. Cha Sueng Baek, Sunday’s starting pitcher, sac-bunted them over. Will Venable was intentionally walked for Matt Antonelli, who grounded into a force-out at the plate. With two outs and the bases loaded, Giles took a walk to drive in another run. Adrian Gonzalez singled in two more for our 11-6 lead. Kouz started the inning with a HBP, but he ended it with a strikeout. Trevor had been warming, so he pitched a 1-2-3 14th. It’s hard to believe, but Trevor pitched in his 900th game as a Padre. Dude, he’s amazing. So, we had 20 hits. But all of our pitchers except Hensley, Hampson, and Hoffman walked at least 1. Two guys in the Washington lineup got walked three times!! That is just bizarre. It was very bad, but thankfully, after 5 hours, we were able to win. It was a great game, let’s keep it going tonight!! Hopefully Chris Young can give us a good effort. Oh, and congrats to the Peavy family for the birth of their baby boy. This is a very special time for them. GO PADRES!!