There are several ways for a team to lose a baseball game, but the Diamondbacks lost in a very unfamiliar way on Friday night.
Reliever Sam Demel walked in Chase Headley with the bases loaded in the bottom half of the 12th inning to give the Padres a 4-3 walkoff victory. Demel got out of a bases loaded jam the half inning before, but was unable to do it for the second straight time. The run allowed snapped the Diamondbacks bullpen’s 20-inning scoreless streak, which was a franchise record.
The Snakes had some ninth inning heroics for the second straight game, thanks to a Headley error in the top of the ninth. With runners on second and third and two outs, Kelly Johnson hit what appeared to be a routine grounder down to Headley, but the third baseman gave a poor throw to Brad Hawpe in the dirt, which resulted in both Juan Miranda and Gerardo Parra to tie up the ballgame.
Up until Demel came in, the D’Backs bullpen was great in keeping the game close. The pen had to come in earlier than usual after Armando Galarraga was able to only to last 4 1/3 innings, surrendering three runs and six walks. Behind strong pitching from Josh Collmenter, Aaron Heilman, Juan Gutierrez, and Esmerling Vasquez, Arizona kept it close before the D’Backs evened things up in the ninth.
These same two teams will face one another tomorrow night from Petco Park in the second-game of this three-game set. Daniel Hudson will be on the mound for Arizona and he will be opposed by Dustin Moseley. The free agent brought over from the Yankees is 1-3 with a 1.63 ERA so far this season.