Padres show off resiliency
Mike Piazza

Posted Jul 10, 2006


The Padres are certainly a resilient team. Earlier this season, they trailed the Dodgers 5-0 going into the bottom of the ninth inning only to tie the score and win the game in the 10th.        

Sunday in Washington, they trailed the Nationals 7-1 after five innings (and 9-6 after eight) and won 10-9 on Mike Piazza's tape-measure, pinch homer in the ninth.

The win was the Padres' fifth in a row, and ninth in their last 13. They are on a 16-9 run to go eight games over .500 for the first time this season. Eight of those 16 wins have come after the Padres trailed in the second half of the game, and Sunday marked the fourth time this season that the Padres have won after trailing after the eighth inning.

Afterward, Padres manager Bruce Bochy said the win was among the most rewarding in his 11-season tenure in San Diego. He told his team that in the clubhouse immediately after completing a second consecutive sweep of the Nationals at RFK Stadium.

"I told them I was proud of them," Bochy said. "What with extra innings and that doubleheader, the last two weeks have been a grind. We've had guys going every inning of every game. I've asked a lot of everyone, especially the bullpen.

"It's been inspiring to see how we've played the last two weeks. "We had moments today that could have sucked the wind right out of us. Things didn't go right. We missed some huge opportunities. We made mistakes.

"And we refused to cave in. We're not letting adversity dictate the result. These are the types of games you remember. That's what I told them after the game. This club is just not cut that way"

"We refuse to roll over," Piazza said. "We've talked recently about working to try to pull some of these games out. No one gave in today. We're just a resilient type of club."



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