SAN DIEGO (AP) — Clayton Richard came lumbering wide around third base and headed for home, scoring standing up.
"Just straight Michigan quarterback sprinting," manager Bud Black quipped after the San Diego Padres' memorable 3-2, 13-inning victory against the Los Angeles Angels on Sunday.
Two innings after Angels manager Mike Scioscia vacated left field against a right-handed batter in favor of a drawn-in, five-man infield, it was Black's turn to try something out of the ordinary in an attempt to win a game in which both teams ran out of position players and had to use a starting pitcher to pinch-hit.
He turned to Richard, a former backup quarterback at Michigan who is scheduled to start on Monday night at St. Louis. Richard, 0 for 16 this season, got a pinch-hit single to left with two outs in the 13th off David Pauley (0-1). Will Venable followed with a single to left-center, fill-in left fielder Howard Kendrick bobbled the ball for an error and Richard scored from first.
"It's definitely not something you anticipate going to the ballpark that day," said Richard, now 2 for 2 in his career as a pinch-hitter. "A pleasant surprise."
After he scored, Richard's momentum carried him through a pack of happy teammates who were on their way to mob Venable on the infield grass.
"It's a lot of fun to be part of it," Richard said. "I was just running as fast as I could; made sure I hit the bases. It was exciting. Our team played great baseball. It was a fun game."
By taking two of three from the Angels, the Padres had their first winning homestand of the season, going 3-2 against the Dodgers and Angels. It was just their third series win in 14 this season.
Rookie Miles Mikolas (1-1) pitched two perfect innings for his first big league win.
"That ball in the outfield, I just have to field that ball cleanly and get it back into the infield," Kendrick said. "It took a little hop, but at the same time, knowing who's running and knowing the situation, you have to keep that ball in front of you and try to catch it clean. I made a mistake and they ended up winning a game on it."
Black said he'd seen Richard launch balls in batting practice. "Clayton was due. ... And he's fast. The ball was hit in the right area. We caught a break with the bobble. Hoffy (third base coach Glenn Hoffman) was aggressive. It worked."
The Padres wasted pinch-hitter John Baker's leadoff double in the unusual 11th inning.
Baker doubled over the head of left fielder Ryan Langerhans, who hurt his right shoulder when he stumbled and fell into the wall. Langerhans' injury forced Scioscia to make five defensive changes, including moving Albert Pujols from first base to third and Kendrick from second base to left field.
Venable then sacrificed Baker to third, where he had some banter with Pujols.
"I told Albert he should play left field," Baker said. "He laughed at me and said he's playing third base."
With Cameron Maybin up, the Angels brought Kendrick back to second base in a drawn-in, five-man infield, leaving left field vacant. Maybin took a called third strike from rookie David Carpenter.
"Smart," Baker said. "You look at the odds when you think about who are the hitters and you've got a sinker baller on the mound. Scioscia knows what he's doing. You can never question anything that guy does or anything that Buddy does. They came from the same school of baseball."