May 13: Padres (19-21) 2, Reds (17-20) 1
On a night where Mike Leake was dealing from the mound Chase Headley did his best to spoil his gem on Tuesday, and he did just that. Headley, supporting an outstanding start from the Padres’ Andrew Cashner, belted a solo home run in the ninth to lift S.D. past the Cincinnati Reds 2-1.
Cincy got on the board in the first on a Brandon Phillips RBI single, but were unable to muster up any other offense against a stifling pitching performance from Cashner.
Also struggling to get anything together, the Padres brought a run across against Leake with some small ball in the fourth. Seth Smith doubled to open the inning and was moved over to third on a ground out by Carlos Quentin. With the second out of the frame, Jedd Gyorko’s sacrifice fly tied the game at 1-1.
The game stayed knotted until Headley’s heroics in the ninth. With two outs and a 1-1 count against fire-baller Aroldis Chapman, Headley turned on a 99-mph fastball for a solo home run, 2-1 lead and eventual game-winning run.
The Reds had a prime opportunity to do damage in the eighth inning when they loaded the bases with just one out in the frame. Cincy got its first two batters on base via a Brandon Phillips double and a Joey Votto walk. Todd Frazier flew out before Ryan Ludwick reached base on a catcher’s interference call to load the bases.
With the bags juiced, Cashner helped his case by getting Chris Heisey to hit a slow ball right back to him as he forced the runner out at home and leaving the bags loaded. He then wiggled himself completely back to safety when he got Zack Cozart to pop out to first base for the final out.
The Reds could only muster up one walk the rest of the way against Cashner, eighth-inning man Joaquin Benoit and closer Huston Street.
Cashner finished the game with seven innings, seven hits allowed, one earned run and six strikeouts.
Meanwhile, Leake went eight frames with two hits, one earned run and five fanned batters.
Street came in for a 1-2-3 ninth inning to earn his 12th save of the year.