St. Louis Cardinals at San Diego Padres

· Major League Baseball
St. Louis Cardinals
68-87, 35-42 Away
5 - 2
San Diego Padres
76-79, 43-37 Home

Padres drop to 0-12 in extra innings, matching 1969 Expos, with 5-2 loss to Cardinals

“It’s been a problem in extra innings, obviously, as far as execution goes, but it was a different feeling today," Padres manager Bib Melvin said. "We really felt like we were going to finish it off.”

Richie Palacios and Andrew Knizner hit sacrifice flies in the 11th inning around Luken Baker’s run-scoring single off Scott Barlow (3-5).

“They got some big hits later on with some guys in position,” Melvin said of the Cardinals.

St. Louis (68-87) had dealt the Padres their previous extra-inning loss, at Busch Stadium on Aug. 29.

“Everybody kind of stepped in today,” Cardinals manager Oliver Marmol said. “Team win for sure.”

San Diego (76-79), which opened the season with baseball’s third-highest payroll at $258 million, dropped five games behind the Chicago Cubs for the NL’s last wild card with seven games left.

“We’re not thinking too much about that," Melvin said. “We just have to go out there and continue to try to win every game the rest of the way like we have been at this point.”

Casey Lawrence (1-0), a 35-year-old right-hander, pitched two hitless innings for his first major league win since Sept. 19, 2018, for Seattle at Houston. Seven pitchers combined on six-hit ball, holding the Padres to 1 for 17 with runners in scoring position.

“That was the difference today," Melvin said. "When you lose a game with how many we have left, it stings.”

St. Louis pitchers walked 12 and Padres pitchers walked seven.

Manny Machado hit an RBI single in the first for the Padres, but Masyn Winn put St. Louis ahead 2-1 with a two-run single in the seventh in the hole between first and second. Right fielder Fernando Tatis Jr.'s throw beat Knizner to the plate but catcher Luis Campusano couldn’t hold the ball as he tagged the runner.

“Right now I am getting a lot of offspeed so I am trying to sit there and hunt the heater but I am not getting a lot of them,” Winn said of his hit off a sinker from Pedro Avila.

Ryan Helsley blew a save for the fifth time in 17 chances, issuing consecutive walks to Garrett Cooper, Matthew Batten and Jurickson Profar in the ninth, then allowing Xander Bogaerts to hit into a run-scoring forceout. Helsley struck out Tatis and Juan Soto to end the inning.

“He didn't have his best stuff. He had trouble commanding the baseball and still was able to give us a chance to play extra innings,” Marmol said. "He easily could have caved in there and gave up in the ninth, but he dug deep and gave us an opportunity to do what we just did."

Padres starter Nick Martinez allowed two hits in four scoreless innings, and the Cardinals' Jake Woodford gave up one run and four hits in 3 2/3 innings.


LHP Drew Rom (1-3, 6.92) starts Sunday for St. Louis and former-Cardinal RHP Michael Wacha (12-4, 3.44) for the Padres in the series finale. In his only appearance against St. Louis, Wacha pitched 5 1/3 innings of one-run ball for Boston in a victory on June 17 last year.

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Matchup Prediction

Padres: 65.7%
Cardinals: 34.3%
*According to ESPN's Basketball Power Index

Scoring Summary

11th Inning Bogaerts grounded out to third.
11th Inning Profar popped out to third.
11th Inning Batten grounded out to third.
11th Inning Siani as designated hitter.
11th Inning Querecuto grounded out to shortstop.
11th Inning Kerr relieved Barlow

1 Games Played 1
1 Team Games Played 1
0 Hit By Pitch 0
18 Ground Balls 19
9 Strikeouts 5
5 Runs Batted In 2
0 Sacrifice Hit 0
6 Hits 6
2 Stolen Bases 1
7 Walks 12
0 Catcher Interference 0
5 Runs 2
2 Ground Into Double Play 3
2 Sacrifice Flies 0
35 At Bats 34
0 Home Runs 0
0 Grand Slam Home Runs 0
16 Runners Left On Base 28
0 Triples 0
1 Game Winning RBIs 0
1 Intentional Walks 2
2 Doubles 0
10 Fly Balls 10
0 Caught Stealing 1
184 Pitches 186
0 Games Started 0
1 Pinch At Bats 2
0 Pinch Hits 0
0.0 Player Rating 0.0
1 Is Qualified 1
1 Is Qualified In Steals 1
8 Total Bases 6
44 Plate Appearances 46
0.0 Projected Home Runs 0.0
2 Extra Base Hits 0
2.8 Runs Created 3.0
.171 Batting Average .176
.000 Pinch Hit Average .000
.229 Slugging Percentage .176
.314 Secondary Average .353
.295 On Base Percentage .391
.524 OBP Pct + SLG Pct .568
1.8 Ground To Fly Ball Ratio 1.9
2.3 Runs Created Per 27 Outs 2.5
32.0 Batter Rating 15.0
0.0 At Bats Per Home Run 0.0
1.00 Stolen Base Percentage 0.50
4.18 Pitches Per Plate Appearance 4.04
.057 Isolated Power .000
0.78 Walk To Strikeout Ratio 2.40
.159 Walks Per Plate Appearance .261
.143 Secondary Average Minus Batting Average .176
10.0 Runs Produced 4.0
1.0 Runs Ratio 1.0
0.4 Patience Ratio 0.4
0.2 Balls In Play Average 0.2
76.3 MLB Rating 69.8
0.0 Offensive Wins Above Replacement 0.0
0.0 Wins Above Replacement 0.0

Game Information

Petco Park

Location: San Diego, California
Attendance: 42,525 | Capacity: 40,222

2023 National League Central Standings

Milwaukee 92 70 .568 - W1
Chicago 83 79 .512 9 L1
Cincinnati 82 80 .506 10 L2
Pittsburgh 76 86 .469 16 W1
St. Louis 71 91 .438 21 W2

2023 National League West Standings

Los Angeles 100 62 .617 - W1
Arizona 84 78 .519 16 L4
San Diego 82 80 .506 18 W5
San Francisco 79 83 .488 21 L1
Colorado 59 103 .364 41 W1
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