We are currently at six days with no baseball, so we are going to review the San Diego Padres six-run ninth-inning comeback last season.
Heading into the Father’s Day weekend last year, the San Diego Padres donned their light blue batting gloves and accessories as they continued their four-game series with the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. The Friars lost the first game of the series by a score of 6-9, and Cal Quantrill was making his sixth big league start.
The Rockies tagged him for four earned runs on six hits in five frames. Miguel Diaz relieved him, but he allowed five earned runs of his own while recording just two outs. Suddenly, it was a 9-1 Rockies lead, and it looked like the Padres were going to salvage a series split at best.
Hunter Renfroe had provided the lone run, a solo blast in the top of the second inning, but he was far from done that evening. The Padres were able to claw back to an 11-5 deficit heading into the ninth inning with Mike Dunn entering the game for the Rockies to “just get some work in.”
However, that quickly turned disastrous as Fernando Tatis Jr. led off the inning with single followed by a Josh Naylor strikeout. At this point, the Padres’ chances of winning the ballgame were just 0.3 percent. Manny Machado and Eric Hosmer followed with back-to-back singles off Dunn that brought home two more runs.
Trailing 11-7, Renfroe entered the dish and smacked his second home run of the night, thus ending Dunn’s with Wade Davis on to close it out in an 11-9 ballgame. However, the Padres were feeling that evening as both Wil Myers and Ian Kinsler immediately singled off Davis. Austin Hedges struck out, as he often does, and Manuel Margot drew a walk to load the bases.
With Tatis up again, he lasered a single right back up the middle to bring home two more and officially tie the game up at 11 apiece. Six runs scored in the top half of the ninth inning is something you rarely see and said a lot about the group of guys the Padres had in the first half of the season.
“Probably one of the best moments I’ve had in baseball,” Tatis said. “You feel like games like this. That’s how you become a playoff team.”
A five-run top of the 12th inning, highlighted by a Tatis triple and Renfroe’s third home run of the evening, the Padres were able to steal a win at Coors Field 16-12.
With news being released that the MLB season could be delayed as late as July now, we’ll be doing more pieces like this. Please let us know if there’s a moment associated with a number that you would like to see in the future.