ICYMI: Venable clutch, Ninja delivers in extras
Fans were treated to quite the pitchers' duel at AT&T Park on Tuesday as Odrisamer Despaigne faced off against Madison Bumgarner. Neither pitcher factored into the final decision of the game, though Bumgarner was certainly in top form as he struck out 14 Padres. But scrappy San Diego went on to a 3-2 victory over the Giants in an 11-inning affair.
Despaigne, who entered the series opener with a career 2-0 record and a 0.36 ERA against the Giants, celebrate the anniversary of his Major League debut by delivering five innings of two-run baseball after surrendering only five hits and striking out two. The Padres appeared befuddled by Bumgarner early on, but a two-run double by Will Venable in the eighth inning off of the ace tied the game and set the stage for extras. Venable's knock came on the heels of manager Pat Murphy's ejection from the game over a controversial Clint Barmes strikeout. Matt Kemp was also ejected from the game after arguing from the dugout.
San Diego stayed tough until the 11th inning, when Alexi Amarista -- who entered the game to play center field following Kemp's ejection -- dug in and delivered at the plate after three straight base hits to plate Derek Norris for the go-ahead run. Will Middlebrooks enjoyed yet another multihit game on the road.
In case you missed it, here are some highlights and stories that may have passed you by on Tuesday:
Padres postgame recap: Padres break through late, top Giants in 11th
Murphy ejected after arguing over Barmes' strikeoutVideo: SD@SF: Murphy gets ejected in the 8th
Venable crushes game-tying doubleVideo: SD@SF: Venable doubles in a pair to tie the game
Little Ninja slaps a go-ahead single in the 11thVideo: SD@SF: Padres jump ahead on Amarista's single in 11th
Kimbrel slams the door for his 18th saveVideo: SD@SF: Kimbrel fans Maxwell to end game, earns save
Despaigne continues to show success in San Francisco: Despaigne hangs tough against Bumgarner
Ailing reliever ailing no more as recovery progresses: Morrow feeling great, nearing simulated game
Down on the farm: Renfroe hits third homer in two games at Double-A San Antonio
Murph's Marks: Murphy talks about Gyorko, being a father
Friar Forecast: Kennedy aims to keep rolling against Giants
Wednesday's probable pitchers: Ian Kennedy (4-5, 5.43) vs. Ryan Vogelsong (5-5, 4.38 ERA)