Padres 4, Dbacks 3
Low and outside. That was where Dbacks reliever Sam Demel’s last pitch of the night went. After entering the game and closing out the 10th inning, Demel gave up two hits and a game ending, bases loaded walk to Chase Headley.
Headley’s walk both won the game for the Padres and slightly redeemed his error in the ninth inning which gave the Dbacks two runs and ended Padres closer Heath Bell’s streak of 41 consecutive saves.
A better throw to first on a grounder by Kelly Johnson and the game would have ended and Bell would have recorded #42, breaking Trevor Hoffman’s franchise record. Instead he’ll remain forever tied with his pitching mentor.
By reaching first with two outs in the 9th, Kelley scored Juan Miranda and Gerardo Parra, as the Dbacks once again forced a game into extras with late game heroics (and a bit of luck). Their luck would run out, however, as Demel loaded the bases and walked Headley to end the game.
Not a bad effort, though it would be nice to see the Dbacks score some runs in innings 1 through 8 for a change. On the bright side, the team continues to show signs that they will not give up on games.
Twice in a row now they’ve taken goose-eggs into the 9th inning and tied the game, forcing extras. Previous clubs would have given up, but not this team, it seems.
Saturday night, Dan Hudson takes on Dustin Moseley in game 2 of the 3 game series.