The Padres come back against the Cincinati Reds Monday night on a dramatic walk off home run by Chris Denorfia, amidst the Padres fans and faithful and their rally caps. Padres win by a final score of 2 to 1, off 5 hits and 3 walks. The Padres offense appeared stymied for most of the night against Reds starter Mike Leake, but stuck with it and had a good outcome. Chris Denorfia hits a 1st pitch 2 run homer against Reds closer Aroldis Chapman, who walked away starring in disbelief. It was glorious. I must have watched the replay video at least 10x. Check it out here yourself, the look of pure unadulterated joy on your home team never gets old.
San Diego starter and native Sean O’Sullivan gets a chance to start again at Petco and performs decently giving up 1 ER and 5 walks and 5 hits over 6 innings. O’Sullivan got into a jam early in the 1st with a bases loaded situation but was able to escape unscathed. O’Sullivan pitched a mix of 43.8% 4-seam fastballs, 22.3% change-ups, 16.7% sliders, 10.4% sinkers, and 6.3% curveballs. This was O’Sullivan second start at home and honestly, I never felt quite comfortable with him on the mound. I had this sense of looming danger just around the corner with every pitch, but credit O’Sullivan for having a good outcome against a solid Red’s lineup with lethal middle of their order hitters. O’Sullivan did his job, which was to keep the score close and try to go deeper and preserve the pen.
The hero of the night though, was Chris Denorfia with the afore mentioned walk off home run. While speaking with San Diego reporter Kelly Crull, the both of them got drenched again with Gatorade. Kelly has been infamously splashed before for Padres walk-offs and that spurred a hot streak for the Padres. Kelly we need to keep splashing you for good luck. Go Padres.