Padres News: Padres Rally to Win in 9th Despite Dugout Accident


The San Diego Padres came from behind twice to win 7-5 Saturday night in Colorado. Kevin Quackenbush pitched two innings of relief to get the win after a short 5 inning start from Andrew Cashner.

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The game was marred though by a strange incident in which Justin Upton appeared to hang onto his helmet too long and hit Yonder Alonso in the head. Alonso left the game and appeared visibly upset in the dugout.

Offensively for the Padres Jedd Gyorko had a 6th inning double to give the Padres a 4-3 lead at the time and Derek Norris went 2-4. Justin Upton also had two hits on the night.

For the 9th inning the Padres entered the frame losing 5-4. Tommy Kahnle came in for the Rockies trying to close out the game but didn’t get very far. Derek Norris led things off with a double to set the tone. Down by one, Corey Spangenberg came in to sacrifice him over to third but managed to beat out the hit for an infield single. He was initially ruled out but the call was overturned upon review. Then Melvin Upton Jr.hit an infield single and former Padre Nick Hundley threw the ball away down the right field line and the Padres had the game tied at 5 and runners on 2nd and 3rd with no outs.

Brett Wallace pinch hit next and hit a sacrifice fly to center field with Melvin Upton Jr.advancing to third. Yangervis Solarte hit another sacrifice fly to bring home all the insurance the Padres would need. Craig Kimbrel worked around a Clint Barmes error for his 33rd save on the season.

That said it is unknown at this time the extent of Alonso’s injury but he certainly seemed hurt and upset. To my eyes the incident was clearly an accident but it would be a shame for Alonso to miss any time on what has been a good comeback season for him. The Padres conclude their series with the Rockies looking for the sweep at 1:10 Pacific with Ian Kennedy on the mound.

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