Padres Analysis: The Top 10 Padres Games of 2014

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May 5, 2014; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Padres third baseman

Alexi Amarista

(5) and shortstop

Everth Cabrera

(2) celebrate after a win against the Kansas City Royals at Petco Park. The Padres won 6-5 in twelve innings. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

9. May 5th, Venable Hits Walk-Off in 12th vs. Would-Be AL Champion Kansas City Royals

The Royals jumped out to a 3-0 lead. In the bottom of the 6th, Yasmani Grandal tied things up with a 3-run home run.

To which Eric Hosmer responded the next inning with a home run to give Kansas City the lead again.

Yordano Ventura pitched well enough to win, going 6 innings and striking out 10. Eric Stults was chased in the 5th inning after allowing 11 hits.

The Royals took the lead into the ninth inning and put their closer, Greg Holland, in to try and shut things down. The Padres had other ideas.

Grandal started the inning flying out to center. Jedd Gyorko came to the plate and smacked a game-tying home run to left, the score now 4-4.

The score remained tied until the 12th inning. By that time, the Royals and Padres had burned through 13 pitchers combined.

With Tim Stauffer on the mound, Salvador Perez doubled with one out. Mike Moustakas then singled Perez home to give the Royals a 5-4 lead.

Normally, when a team takes a lead late into extra innings, it usually holds. Not that night. In the bottom of the 12th, Louis Coleman took the mound to try and get the 12th inning save for KC.

Chris Denorfia led off with a base hit. Alexi Amarista then bunted Denorfia over for Yonder Alonso, who doubled to set up runners on second and third for Venable. On an 0-2 count, Venable lined one in the gap to score both Denorfia and Alonso for the walk-off, comeback win. All in all, the Padres came back to tie the game 3 different times.

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