At the end of a back and forth game, Cory Spangenberg and Alexei Ramirez put together a promising rally. After a pair of back to back singles in the bottom of the ninth, the pair ended up in scoring position, down one run with two outs to spare. That's when Jon Jay swung at a bunch of pitches out of the zone before grounding into a double play to end the game. Your 2016 Padres, everyone!
The Friars fell behind in in the second when Wellingotn Castillo homered off James Shields, but there were no runners on so the damage was limited. A couple of singles in the bottom half of the inning plated Spangenberg to tie things up. Two more singles and a walk in the fourth sent Derek Norris across the plate to get the Padres their first lead at Petco Park this season.
That lead lasted until the seventh inning, when doubles from Yasmany Tomas and Nick Ahmed gave Shields a no decision on the evening. That was rough, but a bad ninth inning on both offense and defense cost the team the game. Jake Lamb hit a leadoff single off Fernando Rodney, and with one out he stole second. That would have been bad enough, but a throwing error by Norris on the play sent him to third, and a single from Phil Gosselin sent him home.
In the bottom half of the ninth, Spangenberg and Ramirez singled back to back to put the tying run in scoring position. Alexi Amarista struck out after that, but Ramirez took second, forcing Brad Ziegler to walk Brett Wallace to set up a double play. And boy, did Jay do just what Ziegler wanted. Courtesy of Brooks Baseball, here's what the Friar saw at the plate.
Look at that! Jay could have left his bat on his shoulder and tied the game! And he was already 0-for-4 with a strikeout before coming up in the ninth. Andy Green said in his postgame presser that he didn't "have any concerns about Jon Jay," but he should maybe remind him not to swing at bad pitches with the game on the line.
Jon Jay can try to redeem himself in tomorrow night's game. Andrew Cashner gets the first pitch at 5:40 PM.