February 21, 2024
Manny Machado after his two-run single within the tenth inning gave the Padre a 5-2 lead. Picture credit score: @Padres through X

The Padres received their first extra-inning sport of the yr Wednesday of their second-to-last sequence, popping out on high 5-2 in 10 innings.

The staff left San Francisco with a whisper of an opportunity to assert the ultimate Nationwide League wild-card slot, having eradicated the Giants by taking two video games of the three-game set.

Chicago and Miami are tied for the spot heading into the ultimate weekend of the season with Cincinnati and the Padres clinging to life.

One benefit for the Padres – they may play the woeful Chicago White Sox, which may undergo a 100-loss season if the Friars sweep. They usually should accomplish that to remain alive.

However there are a number of disadvantages – the Cubs and Marlins play Thursday, so the Padres could possibly be eradicated throughout their off day. Each groups should lose their remaining 4 video games to offer the Padres any path to the playoffs.

“We’re going to wish some assist over the subsequent 4 days the place hopefully a miracle comes,” first baseman Garrett Cooper advised the Related Press.

They actually bought a lift within the Bay Space. San Francisco has compiled a 3-10 file down the stretch and the Giants made three errors Wednesday, together with two within the decisive tenth.

Xander Boegarts gave his staff the lead with a sacrifice fly to attain Trent Grisham earlier than Fernando Tatis Jr. reached on the primary error, by shortstop Marco Luciano. After an intentional stroll to Juan Soto, catcher Patrick Bailey made one other, on a pickoff try, to maneuver them to second and third.

Manny Machado virtually adopted with a three-run homer – it fell harmlessly on the incorrect aspect of the left area foul pole – however he got here by way of with a blooper that landed briefly left amid a trio of converging Giants.

The victory gave the Padres a 1-12 file in additional innings on the yr and a few reduction from the potential for tying an enlargement membership, the 1969 Montreal Expos, for essentially the most losses in additional frames.

“Guys are nonetheless combating onerous attempting to get the most effective file we probably can,” supervisor Bob Melvin stated. “Till you’re out of it, you realize you’re nonetheless in it. That’s sort of what’s inspiring us at this level.”

The Padres will ship Nick Martinez and Michael Wacha to the mound for the primary two video games of the sequence. Sunday stays TBD, although it might be Cy-Younger contender Blake Snell’s regular spot on the season’s remaining day.