The ’93 Padres were basically the 2015 Braves. They came into the finale of a home series vs. the Braves 33 games under .500. The Bravos, winners of 17 out of 20, won 13-1 the night before to take the division lead for the first time since April 13.
San Diego’s line-up on Sept. 12 was a farce. No Sheffield or McGriff. Not even Tony Gwynn, who had the day off. Derek Bell, batting clean-up, started at 3B for some reason. Rookie Scott Sanders was on the mound facing Steve Avery, having his best season.
Yet somehow the Pads led 5-3 going into the 9th. With 2 outs and none on, Ron Gant coaxed a walk. McGriff moved him to second with a single, and a Justice single scored Gant. With the tying run on second, TP launched a deep fly ball to left-center. Unfortunately, they were playing at old Jack Murphy Stadium, one of the more spacious yards in the game
The Giants were unable to capitalize, losing to the Cards to remain a game behind. The Braves remained up by a game in the NL West and, despite the loss, had to feel pretty good about picking up 3-1/2 games in the standings on a 7-game road trip.
Maybe the 2015 Braves can pull a ’93 Padres on the streaking Mets tonight. Unlikely with Williams Perez on the mound. The Mets counter with Noah Syndergaard, who was still available when the Braves picked 35th in the 2010 draft. Instead, Frank Wren selected Matt Lipka, who posted a .590 OPS this year at Mississippi.
Markakis 9, Olivera 5, Freeman 3, Pierzynski 2, Swisher 7, Peterson 4, Simmons 6, Bourn 8, Perez 1