Leading by four runs, Padres pitching can’t hold off the Giants and lose in the last frame
Huston Street isn’t perfect, although he is extremely dependable as a closer, and he didn’t have his best stuff on Sunday. The Padres squandered a 6-2 lead and let the Giants come back and beat them 7-6 in walk-off fashion in the last game of the season.
The Padres spotted the Giants a run in the first inning on a pair of doubles, but Nick Hundley evened the score at 1-1 with his 13th home run of the season. Chase Headley walked and took second on a wild pitch and Tommy Medica doubled Headley home in the 4th inning to give the Friars a 2-1 lead.
The Giants came back to tie the score again in the bottom of the 4th inning, but in the top of the 5th the Padres loaded the bases with one out and chased Giants starter Guillermo Moscoso. Giants and former Padres manager Bruce Bochy sent Jake Dunning to the hill and the Padres sent Jedd Gyorko to the plate and the result was a grand slam, the first of Gyorko’s career.
For Jedd, it was his 23rd home run in his rookie season and it put the Padres up 6-2. Unfortunately, that lead wasn’t as safe as it seemed at the time.
Padres starter Tyson Ross had a good last outing, giving up another run for three total in six innings, but left the game with a 6-3 lead. In the 7th, Tim Stauffer got two outs but left the bases loaded and Nick Vincent gave up a single that plated two runs for the Giants.
The Friars held on to that precarious 6-5 lead until the bottom of the 9th inning, when normally reliable Huston Street came in to get the save. Francisco Peguero greeted street with a home run, and after a single, a walk, a passed ball, and an intentional walk, Hunter Pence singled to center and the Giants walked off with the win.
It was only the second blown save of the season for Street, who saved 33 games in 35 chances. The loss for San Diego means that they finish the season tied for third place with San Francisco in the National League West.
But considering the staggering injuries to both the pitching staff and the key position players, it could have been far worse. Regardless, expect to read about player personnel turnover here in the coming weeks, because it’s coming.
Chase Headley revealed that he has been playing all season with a torn meniscus in his knee. He’ll have surgery to either trim away at the tear or repair it on Tuesday, but expects to be able to rehab in a month and be ready for spring training in late February.
The season is over but there is still a lot to consider about the 2013 season. We’ll be at Petco Park on Monday for whatever exit interviews we can get from players and coaches, and report back with any news. We’ll also recap and try to let you know what you might expect in the off-season. The Rule 5 draft is coming in December, and moves are going to be made in order to protect certain players, and the Padres might actually find someone they like in that draft. Everth Cabrera was a Rule 5 draftee. You never know.