Another day, another first for Cory Spangenberg. That's right, his first career pinch hit! Oh, right, it should probably be mentioned that it was a home run. A walkoff home run. After a night of leads that should have been, the rookie put the game away for the Padres for the second day in a row. While the offense leading up to the ninth inning was less than stellar, Odrisamer Despaigne kept the team in position to win for seven fantastic innings. He allowed just one run on four hits before handing things off to Nick Vincent and Kevin Quackenbush. Wade Miley proved just as effective for the Diamondbacks. Though he allowed a few more hits, he kept San Diego to one run while picking off a pair of Padres.
Despaigne's one run came in the fourth inning. Cliff Pennington and David Peralta led off with back to back singles, putting snakes at the corners with nobody out. Odes got Mark Trumbo to strike out after an 8 pitch battle, but Miguel Montero managed to swat an RBI single into center. That wasn't just the last hit Despaigne would allow, but the last runner. He was lights out for the rest of the game.
Miley ran into his own trouble in the fifth inning. Rene Rivera got the rally started with a leadoff single. Rymer Liriano followed that up with a double to put the tying run 90 feet from home. Cameron Maybin wasn't the guy to make it happen, striking out on three pitches. Alexi Amarista, on the other hand, put a single into left field to knot things at one.
In the next few innings, three Padres reached scoring position, but all were left hanging, which brought us to the bottom of the ninth inning. Brad Ziegler got Liriano to line out, bringing up Maybin's spot in the order. Buddy Black decided to bring in a lefty to face the right-handed Ziegler, and yesterday's hero got the call. Spangenberg didn't have to wait long for his pitch. It was an 85 mph sinker, that, well, didn't sink, and Cory got all of it. He dropped it a good five or six rows into the right field porch. Game over, Padres win, and Cory Spangenberg takes the Ice Bucket Challenge.
Andrew Cashner will try to secure a series win tomorrow night. First pitch at 7:10 PM.
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