Well, it just wasn't the Padres' day today. Eric Stults got hit early and often and it never got better from there. The gruesome details follow:
Everth Cabrera led off the game with a single on the first pitch but Chase Headley and Carlos Quentin made unproductive outs to put matters in Yonder Alonso's hands. Yonder's hands didn't do any better. Arizona starter Randall Delgado only threw 12 pitches but Evy did make him burn like a billion throws to first. Hey, it's something.
Arizona's leadoff guy singled too. But unfortunately he did not get stranded. Aaron Hill doubled him home on Eric Stults's sixth pitch of the night. Stults then struck out MVP candidate Paul Goldschmidt before Martin Prado singled in Hill. After a fly ball by Cody Ross for the second out, Wil Nieves struck out to limit the damage.
Padres 0, D-backs 2
Jedd Gyorko and Will Venable popped up for the first two outs and Alexi Amarista went down swinging for the third.
Cliff Pennington singled with one out in the bottom of the inning to bring up the pitcher and that's when things got all sorts of Little League. Delgado bunted, Nick Hundley picked it up and threw it into right field foul territory to score Pennington with Delgado winding up on second. After A.J. Pollock flew out, Aaron Hill struck again with another RBI double. Stults then retired Goldschmidt for the second time on the night to end the inning.
Padres 0, D-backs 4
Delgado got his 1-2-3 on again.
Stults did no such thing, allowing a leadoff double to Prado, who then took third on a Cody Ross groundout. Wil Nieves hit a single to score Prado and then got forced at second on a fielders choice for the penultimate out. Gerardo Parra didn't stay at first for long, promptly scoring on a double by Cliff Pennington. Delgado then struck out and returned to the mound up 6-0.
Padres 0, D-backs 6
No 1-2-3 for Delgado this time, as Chase Headley led off with his twenty-first double of the season. After a groundout by Quentin, Alonso popped out to the catcher before Gyorko grounded out. But we got a baserunner, damn it.
Eric Chavez got aboard with a one-out double and stayed there as Goldschmidt struck out for the second time. Prado worked a walk before Ross singled to plate Chavez and move Prado to third. Wil Nieves then popped up. Combo breaker! They only got one run this time.
Padres 0, D-backs 7
William and Alexi grounded out to second and then, just to shake things up, Nick grounded out to second.
Stults was one strike away from getting his first 1-2-3 inning when the opposing pitcher singled to left, reaching base for the second time. He was erased on a force two pitches later and Stults at least had his first shutout inning of the evening. He threw 101 pitches, striking out five while allowing five earned runs on 11 hits and a walk.
Padres 0, D-backs 7
Yep. 1-2-3. Uh-gain.
But on the positive side, Colt Hynes came in for the Padres and also retired the side.
Padres 0, D-backs 7
Yonder walked with one out but got stranded there.
Hynes came back out and gave up a leadoff homer to Ross followed by singles to Nieves, Pennington, and Delgado to load the bases. Pollock came up and got a single of his own to drive in the second and third runs of the inning. Hynes finally got a pair of strikeouts to get out of the inning.
Padres 0, D-bags 10
Joe Thatcher came in amongst a number of defensive substitutions and was greeted by a double off the bat of Prado. He got the next three guys out though, so that was cool.
Padres 0, D-backs 10
Delgado came back out to finish what he started and got two outs before surrendering a single to Chris Denorfia. He recovered to retire Alonso for the last out of his complete game three-hit shutout.
Final score: Padres 0, D-backs 10
Welp, get 'em tomorrow, fellas.
Diamondbacks lead the series 1-0
|Fri 07/26||0 - 10 loss|
Saturday, Jul 27, 2013, 5:10 PM PDT
Andrew Cashner vs Tyler Skaggs
Partly cloudy. Winds blowing in from left field at 5-10 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 100.
|Sun 07/28||1:10 PM PDT|