Much like the Mets before Johan Santana accomplished the feat, the Padres have never had a no-hitter in their 45 years of existence. Cuban rookie Odrisamer Despaigne, in just his fifth major league start, tried his best to end that streak on Sunday. He took a no-hitter into the eighth inning but lost it. Then he lost the lead but the Padres were able to win the game in the bottom of the ninth.
The Padres got on the board in the fourth when Yasmani Grandal led off the inning with a home run to give the Padres a 1-0 lead.
Odrisamer Despaigne ran into major trouble in the seventh. With one out he hit Lucas Duda with a pitch. Then with two outs he walked Bobby Abreu and Juan Lagares to load the bases. But Ruben Tejada hit a comebacker to end the inning.
Zack Wheeler pitcher very well again, going six innings, allowing one run on eight hits. He struck out seven and walked one.
Odrisamer Despaigne. got the first two outs of the eighth but Daniel Murphy doubled into the gap in left center to break up the no-hit bid. David Wright then snuck a single past the shortstop to tie the game at one. Despaigne was removed after that. Alex Torres came on and Duda singled to right to put runners on first and second. Kevin Quackenbush was called upon to pitch to Travis d’Arnaud. He struck him out to end the inning.
Jeurys Familia pitched the eighth and promptly allowed a leadoff triple to Will Venable. He struck out Chris Denorfia, then intentionally walked Jake Goebbert. Familia got Chris Nelson to ground into a double play to end the inning and keep the game tied.
Vic Black was on the mound for the ninth. Carlos Quentin led off with a walk; Cameron Maybin pinch ran for him. Alexi Amarista sacrificed back to Black, but he bobbled the ball and everyone was safe on the error. Chase Headley then grounded into a double play as Maybin landed at third with two outs. Josh Edgin came on to face Seth Smith. He hit a slow chopper back to Edgin, who fell down and rolled over onto the ball. His throw to first was late as Maybin came in to score.
Padres win 2-1 to take the series.