SAN DIEGO -- The Padres and D-backs are eliminated from the postseason, but that didn't stop them from putting up a fight Friday night at Petco Park. Freddy Galvis provided the knockout punch for the Padres via a walk-off double in the 15th inning for a 3-2 win.Pinch-hitter Javy Guerra
SAN DIEGO -- The Padres and D-backs are eliminated from the postseason, but that didn't stop them from putting up a fight Friday night at Petco Park. Freddy Galvis provided the knockout punch for the Padres via a walk-off double in the 15th inning for a 3-2 win.
Pinch-hitter Javy Guerra worked a walk off Matt Andriese to lead off the bottom half of the 15th, setting the table for Galvis' seventh at-bat of the game. He delivered, lining a sharp double down the right-field line for San Diego's sixth walk-off victory of the season.
The game was a seesaw battle from the start, with the Padres and D-backs spending the first six innings in a scoreless tie. The D-backs got on the board first after a Francisco Mejia passed ball allowed Chris Owings to score in the seventh inning. Jose Pirela tied it in the bottom half, hitting his second home run in three games on the first pitch from Silvino Bracho.
Arizona reclaimed the lead in the 12th inning with some help from the Padres' defense. With Miguel Diaz on the mound, one runner on and one out, manager Andy Green opted to intentionally walk Paul Goldschmidt and David Peralta to load the bases. Nick Ahmed lofted a shallow fly ball to right fielder Franmil Reyes. Reyes appeared catch the ball nonchalantly and bobbled it on the exchange. Ketel Marte, who didn't initially break hard from third base, was able to score from third for the go-ahead run.
"From my vantage point, it looked like someone who didn't think the runner was going to go," Green said.
"You need to anticipate that they're always going to run. … We'll catch up with that," Green said. "He's smart, he's going to learn from that really quickly. That was a frustrating way for a run to come in."
Hunter Renfroe tied it again in the bottom of the 12th. After Archie Bradley struck out Mejia and Pirela to leave the Padres down to their last out, Renfroe -- who was scratched from Friday's lineup with a cold -- entered the game as a pinch-hitter. He uncorked on Bradley's first pitch for a 422-foot home run.
"He wasn't feeling good at all today," Green said. "I kept asking if he had a Kirk Gibson moment in him or a Michael Jordan flu game. He said he had a swing in him, and that's what he had in him. He was able to go out there and gut it out in the outfield. That was gutsy from him."
The blast was Renfroe's 26th of the season and his third pinch-hit home run. It left the bat at 109.8 miles per hour, per Statcast™.
"I got [to the park] today, took some medicine and really tried to relax," Renfroe said. "It calmed down enough for me to be able to pinch-hit."
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LAUER ENDS ON HIGH NOTE
Eric Lauer saved one of his best efforts for the final start of his rookie season, hurling 6 1/3 innings of one-run ball (the run was unearned) and striking out six.
With his rookie season in the books, Lauer leaves a favorable impression leading into Spring Training's rotation race. September was especially emphatic for the 23-year-old, who posted a 1.33 ERA through his final four starts.
"It's been a really good September for him," Green said. "He's come back, thrown the ball really well, made some adjustments. For him, I think he knows that his fastball really does play. If he can locate some spin pitches, he's going to be fine. He really finished strong for us this year."
"I just feel like I'm pitching more like myself," Lauer added. "I didn't have a hot start, so I figured I have to finish strong and let them know that I'm here to stay. Today was a step in the right direction."
BULLPEN STELLAR ONCE MORE
Eight Padres relievers combined for 8 2/3 innings of one-run ball, with just three hits. Diaz ran into trouble in the 12th, issuing two walks, but Renfroe's key homer got him off the hook. Brad Wieck and Kirby Yates each had notable performances -- the duo struck out six of the combined seven batters they faced in the eighth and ninth innings.
MITEL REPLAY OF THE DAY
After tying the game at one in the seventh inning, the Padres had a good chance to extend their rally. Travis Jankowski, the team's leader in stolen bases, followed Pirela's homer with a single. He tried to swipe second, but was tagged out. The Padres challenged, but the call stood for the second out of the inning.
Jacob Nix will make his final start of the season, and he'll hope to fare much better than he did in his previous appearance. Nix lasted just 2 1/3 innings against the Dodgers and gave up six earned runs. Nix has shown promise for the future, but he's been plagued by inconsistency in his first two months in the big leagues. He'll face Zack Godley, with first pitch scheduled for 5:40 p.m. PT.
Katie Woo is a reporter for MLB.com based in San Diego. Follow her on Twitter @katiejwoo.