May 20, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; Los Angeles Angels left fielder Vernon Wells (10) talks with a team trainer after suffering an apparent injury on a stolen base during the second inning against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Wells left the game. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-US PRESSWIRE
"The players make the manager, it's never the other way" - Sparky Anderson
Hisanori Takahashi would pitch the 10th inning. Getting the first two batters out before allowing a double to Alexi Amarista and then an intentional walk before David Carpenter relieved Tak and struck out PH Chris Denorfia to end the inning.
Carpenter stayed in the ball game to pitch the 11th inning and gave up a double to John Baker in left field. A ball that sailed over the head of Langerhans who collided with the wall and had to be removed from the game due to injury. Some defensive changes were made (including Pujols at 3B!) to fill in the void at left field. Will Venable lays down the sac-bunt, advancing Baker to third. Scioscia goes to his five man infield defense scheme (also known as the white flag surrender defense formation). Carpenter gets the low strike call for the 2nd out and a groundout to end the tumultuous 11th inning. Carpenter would also pitch a scoreless 12th inning, giving the Angels another chance at the plate.
Dan Haren entered the game as a pinch-hitter in the top of the 13th inning but struck out after laying off a close pitch before. Aybar and Wilson also failed to reach base or score or do anything of value with the bat, etc.
In the Padres half of the 13th inning, pitcher Clayton Richard got a base hit and would score the winning run on Venable's looper into left field. Howie Kendrick bobbled the ball then rushed a bad throw to Hester who was too far away to apply the tag to get the runner out and just like that, the game finally ends 3-2.
Roster moves will be forthcoming as the Angels pack it up and head to Oakland for three games (thankfully with the rotation still intact).
Buttercup of the game?
Maicer Izturis (83 votes)
Albert Pujols (210 votes)
Howie Kendrick (341 votes)
Doug Eddings (37 votes)
671 total votes