Well, that was a weird one. The Padres opened up an early lead against the Giants, then the bullpen blew it. A few wasted opportunities later the game went into extra innings, where the bullpen blew it again... only for Santiago Castilla to gift San Diego with a walkoff balk.
The Friars started the game well, as Travis Jankowski and Wil Myers started the first by drawing back-to-back walks off Jeff Samardzija. Then they pulled off a double steal, and Buster Posey airmailed the throw to third, allowing Jankowski to make a run for home. A single by Yangervis Solarte scored Myers. They scored again in the second when Ryan Schimpf went yard to left field.
The Giants narrowed the lead in the top of the second when Angel Pagan hit a two-run bomb off Luis Perdomo, but the Padres got those runs back in short order. Matt Kemp led off the bottom half of the inning with a solo shot. Alex Dickerson reached base on an error by Ramiro Peña, and then scored when Schimpf hit a triple to right center. That triple, by the way, was about a millimeter short of a home run, bouncing off the very top of the wall.
That’s when things started to go downhill. Denard Span led off the inning with a single, went to second on a wild pitch, and took third on a sacrifice fly. Perdomo fanned Brandon Belt to take another sacrifice off the table, but Posey hit a triple down the third base line to narrow the lead to two. That’s when Andy Green pulled his starter and gave Buddy Baumann his first trip to a big league mound. He got the out to end the inning, and that was the end of his debut.
For reasons unknown, Green put Carlos Villanueva in for the sixth inning. He started by giving up a leadoff homer to pinch hitter Mac Williamson, and then he gave another up to Peña to tie the game. The Friars tried to break the tie in the seventh. Myers drew a leadoff walk, and then went to third on a single from Kemp. Wil got stuck in a pickle when Solarte hit a grounder to third, but stalled long enough to get both runners in scoring position. Derek Norris struck out, but it was all okay, because the hot-hitting Schimpf was due up... and for some reason Green had Adam Rosales pinch hit. It didn’t go well.
Poor choices came up again in the tenth inning when Kevin Quackenbush took over and Posey immediately teed off of him for a home run to right field. With three outs to come back from a one-run deficit, Dickerson led off with a single. Norris followed up with one of his own, putting the tying run on third. Then Rosales made up for his earlier misfire by hitting a game-tying grounder through the 5.5 hole. Norris made it to third on the play. And then, with the winning run 90 feet from home, Santiago Casilla went into his stretch... and stumbled off the mound in a balk. Game over, Padres win, Giants look ridiculous.
Once again, the Padres will try to pick up their first sweep of the season. First pitch is at 1:40 PM.