After last night’s disappointing, streak-ending game, the Padres roared back to even up the series with a walk-off win. The key player of the night was Adam Rosales, who only took a spot in the starting lineup after Matt Kemp got sent to the Braves shortly before first pitch. Christian Friedrich kept the game close with six quality innings, but it was Rosales that sent the crowd home happy with his tenth inning bomb.
The Reds got on the board first tonight with a little bit of small-ball. Eugenio Suarez led off the third with a double down the right field line, and then he took third when starting pitcher Anthony DeSclafani hit a fly ball to Wil Myers in right. A bloop to left from Billy Hamilton gave Cincinnati their sole run of the evening.
The Padres let that lead stand until the sixth (though Jose Rondon did pick up his first big league hit in the fifth), getting things started with a one-out walk to Ryan Schimpf. Wil Myers took another walk, and then Alexi Amarista sent a ground ball into right field to tie things up.
Jose Dominguez, Ryan Buchter, and Brandon Maurer combined for three perfect innings after that, giving the Friars their first chance for a walk-off in the ninth. The Reds let Rasiel Iglesias return to the mound for his third inning of relief work, and it almost backfired on them. Amarista hit his third single of the night with one out, and Iglesias got nervous. He fired a pickoff throw toward first, but it bounced in the dirt and got away from Joey Votto. Amarista ran like he was being chased by the devil; his helmet flew off as he rounded second and slid safely into third. It was the perfect opportunity for a walk-off sacrifice fly, but Iglesias shut San Diego down to end his evening and send the game into extras.
Brad Hand breezed through the tenth inning, bringing up the bottom of the Padres order to face Jumbo Diaz. Adam Rosales came to the plate and took four pitches to reach a 2-2 count. Then Diaz tossed the fastball Rosales wanted and the last-minute addition to the starting lineup went deep to left field.
Tomorrow’s rubber match starts at 1:40 PM, with Paul Clemens getting the first pitch.