After clinching the series win against the Marlins yesterday the Padres were looking to keep the ball rolling in a full-blown sweep. Unfortunately, to do that, they'd have to figure out something that most teams haven't even come close to: beating Jose Fernandez.
Assigned to the task was Big Game James Shields, a man who has only allowed more than three earned runs once in his last five starts. The Marlins didn't see James in the four-game series at Petco Park, and today they got a little too familiar with him. In six full innings, Shields was hit five times for two earned runs, with all the scoring allowed in the very first inning. Shieldsy locked things down for the remainder of his start, keeping things awfully 1-2-3 for the Marlins until he was swapped for a pinch-hit opportunity in the 7th.
That didn't really pan out, though, and things stayed lopsided in favor of Miami. The Friars had one last chance in the 9th, and with one out after a Derek Norris base hit, Alexi Amarista evened things up and kept the Pads alive with one swing of his bat with a line-drive home run pulled right over the right field corner fence.
Unfortunately, to deflate the clutch Amarista jack, Brandon Maurer gave up a walk-off three-run home run to Adeiny Hechavarria. Sorry. The baseball gods giveth and taketh away. Marlins win 5-2.
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