It is that time of year again, as the baseball regular season comes to an end. It is a fight for a shot to clinch the playoffs for many teams.
Even though the Padres chances are over for the season, their win over the Giants today not only allowed them to split the 4 game series, but jeopardized the Giants chances of clinching a playoff spot in the NL Wildcard.
Coming off of Saturday’s loss, it was a different game for the Padres today. They came in swinging early in the bottom of the second, one player in particular would have a game for the books.
Padres September call up Manuel Margot who has played less than handful of games for the Padres thus far helped to put the first run on the board.
He singled on a ground ball up the middle allowing Austin Hedges to score for the Padres.
This made it a one nothing game with the Padres ahead, but the early lead wouldn’t last long if the Giants had a say in it, and they did.
Three was the Giants lucky number going into the top of third inning. They looked to be on the road to a third win against the Padres, putting up three consecutive runs.
The runs started for the Giants when Kelby Thomlinson’s trip up to bat resulted in a line drive out to pitcher Clayton Richard, this allowed Trevor Brown to score and made it a tied ball game.
It was Giants Buster Posey who then hit a single line drive to center field, allowing Ty Blach and Eduardo Nunez to score. This put the giants ahead and made it a 3-1 game.
The Padres did not let those 3 runs go unanswered; in the bottom of the 3rd Adam Rosales hit a solo homerun. This was his thirteenth of the season adding to an already career high for the year and helped to close the gap, making it a one run game.
The Giants 1 run lead was brought to a quick halt by the Padres in the bottom of the 5th with the help of Yangervis Solarte.
Solarte was back in the starting lineup after a memorable appearance as a pinch hitter in Saturday night’s game, just a week after the loss of his late wife, Yuliette to her battle with cancer.
Solarte hit a line drive to center field allowing Wil Myers to score and make it a tied game.
The Padres were back in the race, and it was the super star in the making Margot who scored the final run of the game to put the Padres ahead, and finalize the win after Wil Myers singled on a line drive to right field.
Not only did Margot finalize the 4-3 win for the Padres but Margot ended the game a home run shy of accomplishing the second cycle in Padres history behind Matt Kemp.