SAN FRANCISCO -- As a reward to helping a tired bullpen with three scoreless innings against Toronto on May 31, Nick Vincent was promptly sent back to Triple-A Tucson.
The Padres needed a fresh arm to replenish the bullpen and, nothing against Vincent, but someone -- with Minor League options -- had to go.
Vincent again helped save the Padres on Monday night when he tossed two scoreless innings while getting the win in a 5-3 victory over the Giants in 13 innings.
But the call that he was heading back to Tucson never came Tuesday, which was a relief for Vincent, as he, for obvious reasons, would much rather stay put with the big league team.
"If I would have thrown 35 pitches, it might have been different," Vincent said.
Vincent was actually very efficient on Monday as he got three outs in the 11th and 12th innings on just 16 pitches. One of the outs occurred when the Giants' Juan Perez drove a ball high and deep to center field with two outs and a runner on second base in the 12th inning.
Center fielder Will Venable preserved the tie with a leaping catch to end the inning.