Saturday, May 07, 2005

Game #8

August 1, 2000 at Qualcomm Stadium. Padres 10, Phillies 9.

These were two terrible teams, but it was a weird, wild, fun ballgame on my 2000 West Coast baseball trip. San Diego jumped out to a 9-1 lead after six, roughing up Robert Person. That's when things got weird. Padre relief gave up five runs in the seventh...two runs scored when Kevin Nicholson dropped a fly ball that should ahve ended the inning--and one in the eighth, to make it 9-7 for Trevor Hoffman to close in the ninth. Hell's Bells playing. Game over. One out. Two outs. And then...almost unbelievable. With two outs, the Scott Rolen and Pat Burrell hit back-to-back homers off of Hoffman to tie the score. It was unbelievable to the point where you could actually hear shock in the crowd. San Diego left two men on in the ninth inning, but came around to win in the tenth, where Nicholson redeemed himself with a game-winning single. It was one of the most complete and bizarre shifts in fortune I've ever witnessed.

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