The Padres played a riveting game today, as they dueled the Astros through nine and a half scoreless frames. Bryan Mitchell went a solid five and two thirds before giving the ball over to the bullpen. The relievers only gave up a combined three hits, but the offense couldn’t put together anything. Even worse, the defense made a crucial error.
In the tenth inning, Brian McCann led off with a single off Robbie Erlin. A.J. Hinch put Derek Fisher in to run for McCann, and the move paid off. Fisher swiped second, though he was initially called out. A replay review overturned the call, and the winning run was in scoring position. Erlin didn’t flinch, though. He got the next two batters out before handing the mound over to Phil Maton. Maton did his job, getting Alex Bregman to hit a high pop-up. Unfortunately for the Padres, Eric Hosmer ran a little too hard and completely missed the ball. It dropped to the infield grass while Fisher sped home.
The Padres wrap up the series with a rubber match at 11:10 tomorrow morning.