Burch Shows Improvement, But Huston is Streets Behind in Padres' Extra-Inning Loss

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The Padres fell in extras, but it wasn't all bad.

It was a hard fought game last night, but the Padres were unable to follow through in the end, dropping the second game against the Nationals and failing to tie up the series. After a thrilling 9th inning rally by San Diego against Rafael Soriano sent the game into extras, Huston Street gave up a two-out game-winning home run to pinch hitter Chad Tracy in the 10th inning. It was the sixth homer Street has allowed this season and third in his last three appearances.

There were some silver linings in last night's loss. The Padres got on the board in the 1st inning thanks to an RBI single by Kyle Blanks coupled with a wild throw by Bryce Harper that put the ball in the stands and allowed a second run to score.

Burch Smith looked better on the mound than he did in his debut. Though he gave up five runs on the night, his outing showed a lot of promise. He collected eight strikeouts through 5 1/3 innings of work, including fanning five of the first eleven batters he faced. He began to falter in the 4th, giving up back-to-back singles to Harper and Ryan Zimmerman to start the inning, followed by a home run to Adam LaRoche to put the Nats up 3-2. But Smith seemed to regain his composure and got through the rest of the inning, and the next, unscathed. However, he started losing gas in the 6th and Washington made him pay for it with consecutive home runs by Zimmerman and LaRoche (his second of the night).

With the Nats up 5-2 in the 6th, Jedd Gyorko hit a 420-ft home run to right center to put the Padres within two runs. Three innings later, they would put on a small ball clinic to tie the game and force extra innings. Zimmerman continued his defensive struggles, allowing Chris Denorfia to reach base on a throwing error with one out. Later, with Chase Headley at the plate and two retired in the inning, Denorfia advanced to second on defensive indifference, which the Nats would regret later as Headley hit a two-out single to bring a run home. Blanks was up next, and he wasted no time in driving in the tying run, hitting a line drive RBI single on the first pitch he saw.

It was all for naught, though, as Street served up the homer to Tracy in the 10th and the Padres were unable to answer back, despite back-to-back singles by John Baker and Alexi Amarista in the bottom of the inning. But San Diego once again showed a never-say-die attitude that has kept them close, if not on top, in so many games lately. Tonight they'll face Jordan Zimmermann in the third of a four-game series.


Final - 5.17.2013 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 R H E
Washington Nationals 0 0 0 3 0 2 0 0 0 1 6 7 3
San Diego Padres 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 0 5 11 0
WP: Rafael Soriano (1 - 1)
SV: Drew Storen (1)
LP: Huston Street (0 - 3)

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