June 7: Nationals (31-29) 3, Padres (28-34) 4 – F/11
San Diego Padres starter Andrew Cashner allowed two hits in six scoreless innings and a no decision; however, the Padres rallied to drop the Washington Nationals 4-3 in extras. Yonder Alonso tied it in the ninth and Cameron Maybon ended it in the 11th.
The game was a pitcher’s duel between Cashner and Nationals starter Blake Treinen until the bottom of the fourth. The Padres finally broke through against the tough righty with two runs on three hits. Chase Headley doubled home Seth Smith before a Maybin double brought him across for a two-run cushion.
The battle continued between the two starters until seventh, when the Nationals finally got to face someone out of the bullpen. Squaring up against reliever Nick Vincent, the Nats put up three runs to take a slim 3-2 lead into the late frames. Ryan Zimmerman doubled home Adam LaRoche with one out before Ian Desmond delivered the big blow with a two-run shot to center with two away. Desmond connected on the third consecutive slider offering he received from Vincent in the at-bat.
In the eighth, against Tyler Clippard, the Padres threatened with a runner on third and just one out, but failed to bring him across for the equalizer.
They didn’t make the same mistake in the ninth. They didn’t need base-runners, in fact, as Alonso belted his fifth home run of the year to tie the game at three apiece with two away.
In the bottom of the 11th, it was all about two-out hitting for the Padres against reliever Craig Stammen. With two away after the first two batters, Headley singled to left and Alonso walked on six pitches. Maybin then jumped on the second slider he saw from Stammen for the game-winning RBI single to right.
Treinen got a no decision in the game, as he pitched six innings – on just 63 pitches — and gave up just two runs for the Nationals. His ERA sits at a minuscule 1.78.
On the other side, Cashner didn’t allow a run, and gave up just two hits in his own no decision. Joaquin Benoit got the win for San Diego as he pitched a scoreless 11th frame in relief.