The San Diego Padres were the home team at Oracle Park in San Francisco as the Padres Fernando Tatis belted a two run home run in the first inning of the second game of the doubleheader on Fri Sep 25, 2020 (AP News photo)
By Jeremy Kahn
SAN DIEGO-Sam Coonrod gave up a home run pitch that he would love to have back.
Trent Grisham hit a walk-off three-run home run in the bottom of the seventh inning to give the San Diego Padres a dramatic 6-5 come-from-victory over the San Francisco Giants in a home game at Oracle Park.
This was considered a home game for the Padres; because, the September 12 game between the two teams was postponed at Petco Park.
With the victory by the Padres, Luis Patino, who made his major-league debut on August 5 picked up his first major league win.
Coonrod saw his record fall to 0-2 on the season and that was also his second blown save of the season.
This sucked. It was a gut punch loss, and we will bounce back like we have all season long, said Giants manager Gabe Kapler.
The Giants bullpen was cruising, as in the first five innings of work, Caleb Baragar, Jarlin Garcia, Shawn Anderson and Sam Selman gave up two hits, walking one and striking out four. In his 0.1 innings of work, Coonrod gave up three runs on two hits, walked one and struck out one.
“Coonrod was absolutely going to face Tatis,” said Kapler.
Jeff Samardzija made his first appearance in a major-league game since August 7, when he went four innings against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium, when he allowed six runs on seven hits before he was forced to leave the game with a right shoulder impingement.
Samardzija went three innings, allowing three runs on three hits, and striking out one, with one of those hits being a three-run home run by Fernando Tatis, Jr., that was measured at 458 feet that gave the Padres a 3-1 lead in the bottom of the first inning.
The Giants gave Samardzija an early 1-0 lead, as Evan Longoria grounded out to Mitch Moreland at first base that easily scored Brandon Belt from third base.
Belt led off the inning with a double down the left field line that beat the shift that Padres manager Jayce Tingler put on.
Trent Grisham tied up the game for the Padres in the bottom of the third inning, as he singled to centerfield to score Jason Castro, yes, the same player who made the last out in Matt Cains perfect game on June 13, 2012, when he grounded out to Joaquin Arias at third base, who in turn threw to Belt for the final out of the Giants only perfect game in their 138-year history.
Tatis then gave the Padres the lead on his towering two-run home run into the left-center field bleachers.
The Giants got within one run in the top of the fourth inning, as Flores grounded into a force play that allowed Alex Dickerson to score from third base. On the play, Belt was forced out at second and Flores reached when Greg Garcias throw got by Mitch Moreland at first base for an error.
Pomeranz, who was unhittable all year long and his earned run average was 0.00 entering the top of the sixth inning and after getting Mike Yastrzemski and Darin Ruf to strikeout swinging, things began to bleak for the visitors, from San Francisco; however, Donovan Solano was able to reach first base on hit after Manny Machado deflected the ball and Tatis, Jr., was unable to get the throw off. Austin Slater then walked on five pitches and then Flores hit his 11th home run of the season to give the Giants the lead.
Padres starter Dinelson Lamet, who underwent Tommy John Surgery and missed the 2018 season was forced to leave the game in the top of the fourth inning with tightness in his bicep, according to Tingler.
To add insult to injury, the Padres are already without newly acquired Mike Clevinger and Jurickson Profar replaced Wil Myers in the top of the fourth inning.
With the loss, the Giants are one game in the hunt for the Wild Card spot with the Cincinnati Reds and the Miami Marlins, who also have the same 30-28 record. The St. Louis Cardinals are one percentage point ahead of those two teams.
The Giants are trying to get back to the playoffs for the first time since the 2016 season, while the Marlins, who lost 105 games during the 2019 season are in the playoffs for the first time since they won the World Series over the New York Yankees in 2003, a span of 17 years and the Reds are in the playoffs for the first time since the 2013 season.
UP NEXT: Neither the Giants nor the Padres have announced their starting pitching for Saturdays game.