In 2013, Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel had his highest quarterback rating in the 4th quarter. So it's fitting that, on the day the Padres drafted Johnny Football, they won a game with a late comeback.
Yonder Alonso hit a 2-out, solo home run off Washington closer Rafael Soriano to tie the game in the 9th inning, and Cameron Maybin dropped a single in to right field to score Chase Headley in the 11th to give the Padres a 4-3 win over the Nationals on Saturday night at Petco Park.
The Padres welcomed starting pitcher Andrew Cashner back from the disabled list. Cash's elbow did not bother him, and he looked like the ace we saw early in the season.
Cashner tossed six shutout innings, giving up two hits and striking out five. He was removed before the 7th inning after throwing just 70 pitches as a precaution.
Nick Vincent entered the game to protect a 2-0 lead (the Padres scored a pair of runs in the 4th inning on RBI doubles by Headley and Maybin) and did not bring his best stuff with him. Vincent gave up three runs on three hits, the big blow a 2-run home run by Nats shortstop Ian Desmond.
After Vincent, the Padres got scoreless innings from Dale Thayer, Alex Torres, Huston Street and Joaquin Benoit.
The Padres can win the series on Sunday afternoon with Eric Stults on the mound against Jordan Zimmerman.