Unlikely hero Robert Suárez saves the Padres with the most unlikely pitches

LOS ANGELES — More than Clayton Kershaw and Yu Darvish coughing up hits and leads, more than Josh Hader returning to the mound for a second inning, and even more than a goose in the outfield taking a thrilling ride in a baseball game . The strangest moment of San Diego’s NLDS Game 2 win on Wednesday night was the pitch from a 31-year-old rookie that could have saved the Padrestime.

The strange thing wasn’t just that Robert Suárez happened to be in that seventh inning jam in the leadoff spot. Suarez is a right-hander who didn’t make his professional debut until he was 24, leaving halftime and a home base in Venezuela to pitch for Saraperos de Saltillo of the Mexican League, the start of a strange seven-year international journey at this Dodger Stadium. embarrassed.

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