The Padres lost another game in the bottom of the 9th Saturday night, this time after Edwin Jackson kept them in the game against his former team the Washington Nationals with his second straight good start for the Padres.
Ryan Schimpf homered for the Padres to up their home run streak to 21 consecutive games, the longest since the 2006 Braves hit one in 23 consecutive games. It is worth noting that the 2006 Braves were the first Braves team not to make the playoffs since 1990.
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Jackson allowed just 2 runs on 6 hits in 6 innings going toe to toe against Max Scherzer, who in the past year has struck out 20 in a game and thrown two no-hitters. Manager Andy Green was effusive in his praise for Jackson: “He gave us an opportunity to win the baseball game. He was going up against Max Scherzer, he goes toe-to-toe with him for six strong innings. I don’t think you can ask for much more than that.”
Matt Kemp went 2-4 with a double but Schimpf provided the only runs with his 8th home run, a long home run. Scherzer bore down after the home run but since he left after the 7th got a no-decision on the night. He said about the home run, “I also wasn’t going to let that mistake define my outing, I went out there and gave the team what it needed and went seven strong innings.”
Jose Dominguez and Ryan Buchter pitched uneventful 7th and 8th innings before Kevin Quackenbush ended up allowing a pinch hit Stephen Drew triple which won the game for the Nationals with one out in the bottom of the 9th. Jonathan Papelbon ended up with the win for the Nationals after pitching a scoreless 9th.
The Padres have played the Nationals tough, winning Friday and losing Saturday by just one run. Sunday Christian Friedrich goes against rookie Lucas Giolito making his third start in the majors and is the No. 1 prospect in baseball. He still has a 0-0 record and the Nationals see him as a big start of their future.