Has their been a hotter hitter in all of baseball than Chase Headley? Headley kept his ridiculous hot streak intact, slugging a walk-off two-run homer in the bottom of the tenth, and the Padres beat the Pirates 7-5, in ten innings.
The Padres got off to a quick start in this one, scoring two runs in the bottom of the first, courtesy of a two-run double by Carlos Quentin. Quentin went 1-4 on the day, with three RBI’s.
Pittsburgh scored twice in the sixth, to take a 3-2 lead. Garrett Jones hit the first of his two homers in the inning. However, Jones’ error in the bottom half of the sixth allowed the Padres to tie the game at 3.
The Padres added runs in the 7th and 8th innings, on sacrifice flies by Chris Denorfia and Quentin. The Padres brought in Dale Thayer to nail down the save. That pesky Garrett Jones had other plans, however.
Jones belted a two-run shot off of Thayer, and the Pirates came back to tie the game at 5. It was Thayer’s third blown save of the year. As frustrating as the blown save was, it set the stage for Headley’s heroics.
Headley blasted a pitch into the right field stands, to give the Padres one of their most dramatic wins of the year. The blast traveled an estimated 426 feet, and gave the Padres their fourth win in five games against Pittsburgh this year. Headley now has nine homers in the month of August.
NOTES: Andrew Cashner made a rehab start tonight for AAA Tucson. Cashner threw two innings, and allowed two hits, with two strikeouts. He threw 30 pitches, 21 of them strikes. Anthony Bass will start tomorrow in Tucson.