There will be no joy in San Francisco today, and it’s all thanks to Hector Sanchez and Wil Myers. After the Padres spent eight innings struggling to score against the Giants, Sanchez sent the game to extras with one swing, and Myers finished it in the twelfth. Clayton Richard kept the boys in the game, holding the NL West’s worst team to two runs in five innings and change, while the bullpen stepped up for six plus scoreless frames.
Clayton got a strong start, but ran into a rough patch in the fifth. He beaned Joe Panik to start the inning, and Gorkys Hernandez followed that with a double to put Panik on third. Ty Blach hit a sacrifice fly to score the first run of the game, but no more runs scored in the fifth. Clayton got stung by one more free pass in the sixth when he issued Hunter Pence a leadoff walk before Michael Morse hit a RBI double.
That’s the way things stayed until the ninth inning. Luis Sardinez got on board thanks to an error, and then Hector Sanchez hit his first bomb of the year.
We go to the 10th inning tied 2-2, thanks to Héctor Sánchez's clutch ! pic.twitter.com/le3ipk49OJ— San Diego Padres (@Padres) April 30, 2017
Three innings later, Cory Spangenberg got the twelfth inning off to a good start with a leadoff single. Erick Aybar kept things going with a single of his own, and then Wil Myers proved why he’s the face of this team.
That’s a great series win and one seriously happy flight. Tomorrow they’ll have a well-deserved day off, and Tuesday the Rockies come to town for a three-game set. First pitch at 7:10 PM.