Tonight’s Padres game was about as tight as they come. Dinelson Lamet and old friend Odrisamer Despaigne each went six innings while allowing just a single run. The Padres and Marlins bullpens put up similarly solid efforts to drive the game into extra innings, which is where the Fish eventually prevailed.
The Friars got on the board first thanks to a couple singles and a Miami error. Cory Spangenberg hit a one-out single, and Hector Sanchez backed him up with another to put him in scoring position. A ground out from Jabari Blash erased Sanchez but left runners on the corners. With Lamet at the plate, Blash made a move for second. Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto had Blash dead to rights... except his throw sailed well over the head of Miguel Rojas and into center field. That gave Spangy more than enough time to swipe home on the play.
But that was the only gift the Marlins would give the Padres. Marcell Ozuna, who hit the game-winning homer last night, tied the game in the fourth when he took Lamet deep to center. After that, both teams went scoreless for the next six innings.
In the eleventh, having already stretched Brad Hand and Craig Stammen to two innings apiece, Andy Green turned to Jose Torres. He immediately got into trouble when Derek Dietrich led off with a double. Mike Aviles bunted the game-winning run over to third, essentially forcing Torres to get a strikeout if he had any hopes of prolonging the game. The one pitch Torres delivered to Rojas wasn’t in the strike zone, but it didn’t matter. Rojas put it deep enough into the outfield to get Dietrich home and end the game.
Clayton Richard will take the mound tomorrow hoping to ward off a sweep. First pitch at 10:10 AM.