Ludwick's clutch hit lifts Padres over NatsMay 29, 2011 - 9:03 PM Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Jorge Cantu scored the go-ahead run in the ninth inning on a ball hit by Ryan Ludwick, giving the Padres another close win, 5-4, over the Nationals.
The teams traded 2-1 decisions to open the three-game set and eight of their last nine games have been decided by two runs or less the past two years.
The game was tight throughout on Sunday, and with the score tied, 4-4, Cantu placed a pinch-hit double down the right-field line to get San Diego's rally started in the ninth.
After a groundout, Ian Desmond dove for Ludwick's dribbler up the middle and got a glove on it. The shortstop knocked it down, scrambled to recover it and threw an off-balanced throw home that was too late to nab a sliding Cantu.
- SAN DIEGO: 5
May 29 4:56 PM
- Ryan Ludwick single to short scored Jorge Cantu with two out. Runner on first with two outs and Brad Hawpe due up.
Padres 5, Nationals 4 Top 9, 2 OutsMay 29 4:43 PM
- Wilson Ramos sacrifice bunt to first. On the play, Michael Morse advances to second and Laynce Nix advances to third. Runners on second and third with one out and Jerry Hairston Jr. due up.
Padres 4, Nationals 4 Bot 6, 1 OutMay 29 3:54 PM
- Roger Bernadina double to right scored Rick Ankiel with one out. On the play Roger Bernadina was thrown out trying to advance to third. None on with two outs and Ian Desmond due up.
Padres 4, Nationals 3 Bot 5, 2 OutsMay 29 3:27 PM
- Chase Headley double to left scored Ryan Ludwick with two out. On the play, Brad Hawpe advances to third. Runners on second and third and Chris Denorfia due up.
Padres 4, Nationals 2 Top 5, 2 OutsMay 29 3:15 PM
- Brad Hawpe single to center scored Logan Forsythe and Jason Bartlett with two out. On the play, Ryan Ludwick advances to second. Runners on first and second and Chase Headley due up.
Padres 3, Nationals 2 Top 5, 2 OutsMay 29 3:11 PM
- Ryan Ludwick single to center scored Jason Bartlett with none out. Runner on first and Brad Hawpe due up.
Padres 1, Nationals 2 Top 4, 0 OutsMay 29 2:30 PM
- Laynce Nix sacrifice fly to left scored Ian Desmond with one out. On the play, Jayson Werth advances to second. Runner on second and Michael Morse due up.
Padres 0, Nationals 2 Bot 1, 1 OutMay 29 1:52 PM
- Jayson Werth single to right scored Roger Bernadina with none out. On the play, Ian Desmond advances to third. Runners on first and third and Laynce Nix due up.
Padres 0, Nationals 1 Bot 1, 0 OutsMay 29 1:51 PM
- SAN DIEGO: 0
Top 1, 0 Outs
May 29 1:37 PM
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