The San Diego Padres got a much needed extra innings win against the Atlanta Braves thanks in large part to Ryan Ludwick. The Padres left fielder deposited a hanging slider (just) over the left field fence in the 13th inning of a 3-3 game.
If you had been watching the game – or the Padres at all of late – you were probably assuming Braves left fielder Martin Prado would catch that ball at the warning track. Amazingly, he didn’t, as it reached the first row just beyond his outstretched glove.
The walk-off blast was Ludwick’s second home run of the game (fourth of the season); he’s really starting to swing the bat well.
If you’ve been following this Website, you know we’ve been supporters of Ludwick so far in his Padres tenure – we would like to take this portion of cyberspace to gloat obnoxiously.
In all seriousness, Ludwick’s hopeful rejuvenation is critical for this Padres offense. I projected Ludwick for a .255/.335/.430 line before the season. He continues his gradual climb to respectability and now sits at .195/.290/.378 for the year
Chris Denorfia also made an awesome play in the top of the 13th, robbing Martin Prado of a potential go-ahead hit. Denorfia took a great route to Prado’s fly ball before leaving the ground to catch it right around the right field foul line.
Perhaps even more impressively, Denorfia was able to hang on to the ball, which sat in the palm of his glove, after hitting the ground. To cap it off, he threw out the runner at first base to complete an inning ending double play.