In a game against the Rockies, a 12-11 score isn't incredibly surprising. The surprising part was that all those runs were scored at the pitcher-friendly Petco Park rather than the hitter-friendly Coors Field.
Our Padres struck first when Yonder Alonso hit an RBI single in the first inning. But Andrew Werner, who had been so great for us in his first four major league starts, was hit twice with the long ball, giving up a three-run homer in the 2nd and a two-run homer in the 3rd. Our Padres started chipping away at the four-run deficit, scoring a run in the 3rd and one in the 4th to make it a two-run game.
In the bottom of the 5th, it looked like our boys were gonna run away with the game. They scored six runs via small ball before Chase Headley hit his 28th home run of the season, a two-run shot to left field. A total of eight runs came home that inning to make it an 11-5 game.
The 6th and 7th innings went scoreless on both sides. But the Rockies were not going to give up. They scored six runs in the 8th inning to tie the game. Cory Burns replaced Brad Boxberger to start the inning. He led off with a single and a walk, and then allowed a run to score on an RBI groundout. After giving up another single, Tommy Layne came in to relieve him. He hit the first batter he faced to load the bases, then issued a walk to give Colorado another run. Bud Black then turned to Nick Vincent to try to stop the bleeding, but that plan backfired as Vincent gave up a grand slam to the first batter he faced, Josh Rutledge. He finally got a strikeout and a flyout to end the inning, but the damage was done and the game was tied at 11.
Our Friars were shut out in the bottom of the 8th. Luke Gregerson came in to get a hold in the 9th, but led off the inning with a single and a walk before getting the first out of the inning via the strikeout. Joe Thatcher came out of the 'pen and ended the inning with back-to-back strikeouts.
In the bottom of the 9th, Everth Cabrera singled and reached second on a balk by Jonathan Herrera. Chase Headley was intentionally walked. With two outs and men at the corners, Alonso came to the plate. His RBI single in the 1st inning started the day's scoring, and now in the 9th inning of a tie game, he would hit another RBI single, and Cabrera would round 3rd and make a fantastic slide at home to score the walkoff run and lock up another series victory for our boys.
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|San Diego Padres||1||0||1||1||8||0||0||0||1||12||16||1|
|WP: Joe Thatcher (1 - 4)
LP: Matt Belisle (3 - 7)