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Padres split series with Astros in nail biter finale

I should really write these game recaps immediately after the game or else I forget things.  The only problem with this particular game, is that I was drifting in and out of a nap most of the game on account of it being Sunday and I woke up at 5 am that morning.  Then to make matters worse I saw the Padres take the lead going into the 9th and I had such confidence in Heath Bell that I went out to run some errands.

I was hoping that Dex would swoop in and write this particular game recap, but no such luck.  So instead you get my hazy memories of the game.

Nick Hundley almost hit a home run out of the stadium to start the scoring.  He crushed it and blew my mind at the same time.  Then Clayton Richard gave up 4 runs, which all but assured a Padres loss.   When all hope was lost Jorge Cantu, who has been ill, got even iller when he hit a two run homer.  Making the score 4-3 Astros.

The Astros' horrific defense then allowed the Padres to climb back into the lead.  With the bases loaded and Venable up to the plate he drove in the go ahead run to right center field.  It was 8-6 going into the 9th.

With Heath Bell coming in to record his 38th and record tying consecutive save a Padres win was practically already in the books.  But Bell was struggling with his location and Will Venable dropped a fading liner into the right field corner to load the bases for the Astros.  With two out Bell forced a ground out that ended the game with a Padres victory.

Somewhere in there Chris Denorfia slammed into the wall bruising his arm too, though that might have been a dream.

Final - 4.17.2011 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
San Diego Padres 0 1 0 0 2 0 1 4 0 8 11 1
Houston Astros 0 2 2 0 0 2 0 0 0 6 9 3
WP: Ernesto Frieri (1 - 1)
SV: Heath Bell (4)
LP: Mark Melancon (1 - 1)

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