Padres Analysis: The Top 10 Padres Games of 2014

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Jun 20, 2014; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Padres shortstop Everth Cabrera (2) looks toward the dugout and smiles after hitting a walk-off sacrifice fly to beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 6-5 in the ninth inning at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

1. June 20th, Padres Storm Back Late To Embarrass Los Angeles Dodgers…Again

Ian Kennedy had a sub-par day on the mound against the Dodgers, allowing 5 runs to score in 5 innings. Dee Gordon led off the game with a triple and then scores on an error for essentially an inside-the-park home run.

Adrian Gonzalez later doubled in the inning and then was driven in by now-Padre Matt Kemp to give the Dodgers an early 2-0 lead.

The Padres responded in the bottom of the inning with a Seth Smith home run. Then in the 5th, the Dodgers widened their lead to 5-1 on a compilation of 2 singles, 2 wild pitches and a walk. When Seth Smith hit his second home run of the night in the 6th, the score was 5-3.

The score remained there until the bottom of the ninth. The Padres were down 2 and the Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen came in to close the door.

The Padres were not going to roll over. Amarista led off with a single. Carlos Quentin then hits a pinch-hit double down the left field line, scoring Amarista, cutting the lead to one.

In a bizarre decision, Bud Black subs in Andrew Cashner to run for the creaky-kneed Quentin at second base. It paid off when Venable hit a double of his own, scoring Cashner easily.

Rene Rivera then bunted Venable to 3rd with one out. The score now tied 5-5 in the bottom of the 9th, Everth Cabrera stepped up. On the first pitch he saw, he smacked it to deep right. Just deep enough for the fleet-footed Venable to score on the walk-off sac fly.

In a span of minutes, the Padres went from what looked like a sure loss to one of the most dramatic 9th inning comebacks in recent memory, and it was even sweeter that it was against the hated Dodgers.

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