With the return of Alexi Amarista and Yangervis Solarte, the San Diego Padres have found a small boost to their offense that has been proven just enough to lead them to back-to-back walk-off wins at home against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Down 6-5 in the bottom of the 9th inning on Friday night, after Brandon Maurer gave up a 2-run home run to Justin Turner in the 8th, the heart of the Padres’ order made short work of Kenley Jansen out of the Dodgers’ bullpen. Wil Myers got on base with a leadoff single and Melvin Upton Jr. drove him home with a 2-run home run of his own, a walk-off game-winner.
On Saturday, after a fantastic pitching performance by starter Cesar Vargas and the bullpen, the San Diego Padres were tied 2-2 with the Dodgers and headed for extra innings.
In the bottom of the 11th, Upton nearly pulled off another walk-off home run. With Myers on first base again, Upton crushed a pitched to left-field that seemed to get pushed back by the wind and landed just shy of the left-field wall for an out.
Just then, the wild-but-effective Chin-Hui Tsao seemed to lose control on his pitches. With two outs and one man on, Tsao walked the next three batters (Derek Norris, Brett Wallace, and Yangervis Solarte), pushing Myers across the plate for the walk-off win.
The Padres have won the series against the Dodgers but will be looking for sweep on Sunday afternoon. First pitch is at 1:40pm and you can catch the game on The Mighty 1090AM!