The Padres capped a weekend of Trevor Hoffman celebrations by revealing a brand new statue before the game, but he was the only closer the Padres used tonight. Instead, Christian Villanueva capped off a high-scoring game with a walkoff single. He topped off a night where the Friar offense went 9-for-34 overall and 5-for-9 with runners in scoring position.
Clayton Richard didn’t have as good a night as the offense. He became the third straight San Diego starter to give up five runs, and two of those came right away. Eduardo Escobar and A.J. Pollock hit back to back doubles, and a Paul Goldschmidt single put the Pads down 2-0.
The third inning saw the top of the Arizona order cause more damage. Jon Jay led off with a single, and Escobar followed suit. Pollock was kind enough to ground into a double play, but that still left Jay on third when Goldschmidt hit another RBI single.
The Padres got back in the game with a solid fourth inning. Eric Hosmer started the frame with a walk, and Hunter Renfroe got on with a single. A bad pickoff move by John Ryan Murphy advanced both runners, but the walk he issued to Cory Spangenberg would have done the same thing. Austin Hedges fanned for the first out of the inning, but Freddy Galvis delivered with a two-run single. Manuel Margot hit a fly ball to center, plating Spangy to tie the game.
The top of the Diamondbacks order was trouble again in the fifth. Jay and Escobar hit a pair of singles that put runners on the corners with one out. Pollock hit a sacrifice fly to score Jay, and Goldschmidt hit a double to left to plate Escobar.
But the bottom of the fifth saw the Padres take the lead for the first time this evening. Travis Jankowski and Wil Myers led off with singles, and Hosmer’s double sent Jankowski home and put Myers on third. Two more singles courtesy of Spangy and Hedges added two more runs and put the good guys up 6-5.
Phil Maton nearly escaped the Jay-Escobar-Pollock-Goldschmidt trap in the seventh, retiring the first two batters in the troublesome quartet. But Pollock hit a double and Goldschmidt brought him home with a single, knotting the game at six all.
For a moment, it seemed the game was destined for extra innings. After Andrew Chafin walked Jankowski to start the ninth, he retired Myers and Hosmer. Hosmer at least managed to do something productive, as his ground out put the winning run in scoring position. For some reason, Arizona manager Torey Lovullo decided that was a good time to pull Chafin, only for Yoshihisa Hirano to immediately intentionally walk Renfroe. That brought pinch hitter Christian Villanueva to the plate, where he hit a game-winning single.
Brett Kennedy is still looking for his first big league win, and if he gets it tomorrow, the Pads will secure a series split. First pitch at 1:10 PM.