12:07 AM ET
ESPN News Services
SAN DIEGO — From 21-year-old budding superstar Fernando Tatis Jr. to 36-year-old reliever Craig Stammen, the San Diego Padres tossed aside more than two decades of futility and brought joy to a city that’s had its sports psyche beaten down for far too long.
Stammen and eight fellow relievers combined on a four-hitter in a brilliant, record-setting effort that sent the Padres over the St. Louis Cardinals 4-0 Friday night in the deciding Game 3 of their National League Wild Card Series.
Stammen, making his first start in 10 years, said the Padres weren’t wrapped up in past postseason failures, including being eliminated from the playoffs by the Cardinals three times since 1996.
“We’re trying to write our own piece of history right now,” said Stammen, who mentioned the Padres’ return to a brown-and-gold color scheme. “It’s icing on the cake to maybe turn the page on some of the San Diego struggles in the