That was just one of those games. You know the ones: those games when you wish your team just gave up nine runs in the first inning and never got your hopes up. As it turned out, the Padres only gave up two runs in the first inning, but clawed back to take the lead on two separate occasions. Of course, getting a lead means absolutely nothing unless you hold it, so here we are. On the bright side, at least they extended their franchise-record home run streak to 24 games, and are now only three games shy of the all-time record. Hey, it's something.
In what is very likely his last game in a Padres uniform, Andrew Cashner had the kind of game that those of us who have watched him for five seasons have grown accustomed to. He gave up a couple runs before retiring a batter -- this time on a walk to Jose Bautista and a home run by Josh Donaldson -- and then settled down until the fifth, when he gave up a solo shot to Justin Smoak. Cashner finished the night with a quality start, lasting six full innings and allowing three runs -- all earned -- on four hits and three walks, while striking out six.
The Padres put a dent in the Blue Jays' early lead when surprising rookie Ryan Schimpf doubled Yangervis Solarte home. They wouldn't score again until the sixth inning, when Alex Dickerson's third home run in three days gave them a brief 4-3 lead. After Toronto catcher Russell Martin scored on a wild pitch by Brad Hand in the bottom of the seventh, the score remained at fours until the top of the twelfth inning.
After Derek Norris and Travis Jankowski made outs (the pluralization of the word is very important there), Wil Myers hit his twentieth double of the season. Myers, who has struggled since the All-Star festivities came to a close, appears to be getting back on track; the June NL Player of the Month went 2-for-6, with one of his outs being a screaming liner that Donaldson managed to glove. Matt Kemp followed up with his twenty-third home run of the year, matching last season's total, to give San Diego a 6-4 lead. After Yangervis Solarte grounded out, all that was left was to record three measly outs for the win. That didn't happen.
Carlos Villanueva came in and did Carlos Villanueva things, which this time out consisted of allowing a single, a double, and a walk in the course of getting just one out. He got the hook with the bases loaded, and in came Paul Clemens. He was not the man to clean up the mess he was left, as he promptly walked Jose Bautista on five pitches to force in a run and make it a 6-5 ballgame. A groundball fielder's choice by Josh Donaldson tied the game, but at least there were only two outs now, and there was hope of keeping it going with any sort of out, right? Well, that didn't work out. Edwin Encarnacion never had a chance to put the ball in play, as Clemens threw a wild pitch, and Devon Travis came home to call it a night.
The two teams have one more game left in the series, with the Padres' chance to avoid the sweep beginning at the ungodly hour of 9:37am PDT tomorrow morning.