The bar is set much lower after you come off a 16-0 shutout. Today’s game was nearly the opposite of yesterdays, where Pads fans had some bit of reason to stay engaged through 9 innings. What you didn’t expect was that you were going to be tricked into watching extra innings only to have Phil Maton spoil your night.
Instead of giving up like 10 runs, Dinelson Lamet dished out 6 great innings of 1-run ball. He struck out 5 along the way, induced a good amount of pop/ground outs, exited the game with 85 pitches thrown, and let Baumann, Stammen, Yates, and Brad Hand do their thing.
The only Twins run came on a wild pitch from Lamet, so other than that, the Twins and their 10 hits weren’t really amounting to anything. Meanwhile, Austin Hedges clocked his 17th homer of the season:
Hedgey comes through with the equalizer! pic.twitter.com/YRwYWwPhK2— San Diego Padres (@Padres) September 14, 2017
Things were tied and went into extra baseball. Maton had Eddie Rosario to face after a strikeout, single, and pop out. He threw two balls, peppering the outside of the plate. Then, floated a weak 93 MPH fastball barely inside, Rosario turned on it, and cranked it for a Twins victory.
The Padres will be in Colorado the next time you see them, so maybe they’ll get the chance to wake up those bats that were terrorizing the NL West a few games ago.