The Padres led the game off scoring two runs in the first. After a strike out came two singles and a double, this driving in the runs and getting the Padres ahead. But the Giants quickly came back with a double and some ground attack, cutting the Padres’ lead in half. It wasn’t too promising for the Giants, though, because with no one out and a man on second, the outs came quickly and only one run was scored.
In the second inning, it looked as if the Padres would score more runs. Orlando Hudson lead the inning off with a single, then advanced to third on a throwing error by catcher Chris Stewart. “WHY?” everyone cried. However, a slick play by Aubrey Huff resulted in a double play to get out of the inning.
The Padres got their two run lead back in the third, with a Chris Denorfia double to start things off. A ground ball and a sacrifice fly promptly advanced Denorfia home. And then the Giants started to look to concede the series to the Padres.
But then it was SuperNate to the rescue! A two-run homer in the bottom of the fourth inning brought them back to a somewhat realistic chance of tying the game up.
It flip flopped between “we’re gonna lose this game” and “we’ve got a chance.” It was mostly toward the former, since anything over two runs seems to be a lost cause.
In the bottom of the 8th, Pablo Sandoval looked like classic 2009 Panda, hitting a double and driving in the runs necessary to tie the game. The game quickly went back to the “we’ve got a chance!” side.
The tie had gone on, sending the game into extra innings.
The Giants had a chance to win the game in the bottom of the 13th inning. Brandon Crawford and Sandoval both reached base via base hits with one out. However, Huff and Emmanuel Burriss looked to be inept at the plate and the inning promptly ended.
At the end of the day, Nate Schierholtz becomes the hero. In the bottom of the 14th inning, Schierholtz stepped up to the plate and ended the game. A home run — his second of the game — wins it for the home team. Mercifully, as this game started to drag on to see which team would suck more as it progresses towards the 20th. So thank you, Nate. Thank you for winning it.