Aug 30, 2014; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Padres shortstop Alexi Amarista (center) is doused with bottled water by teammates after hitting a game winning walk off single in the tenth inning to beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 2-1 at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports
7. Padres Get 3rd Straight Walk-Off Win
It is not very often a team has back-to-back walk-off wins, much less 3 straight. The Friars achieved that from August 27th to the 30th.
It was against the Dodgers, no less. It was a good pitching duel between Ian Kennedy and Zack Greinke. Kennedy ended up pitching 7 innings with 8 strikeouts. Greinke threw 8 innings and also struck out 8.
Scoring was few and far between. The Padres took a 1-0 in the 3rd inning when Kennedy helped himself out with an RBI double. The score remained the same until the 6th when Adrian Gonzalez launched a home run to tie the game at one. The bullpens then shut each other’s offenses down for the next 3-plus innings until the 10th.
Jamey Wright came in and allowed a leadoff single to Venable in the bottom of the 10th. Rymer Liriano then struck out. However, Venable did steal second in the process. Amarista came up and lined a ball up the middle into center field and Venable was able to score and win the game.
It marked the third time that season that the Padres had a walk-off win against the Dodgers. This was also the 4th consecutive win by the Friars. Amarista led the offense by reaching base 3 times and ultimately ending the game with a single up the middle.