Well, Ian Kennedy was not good tonight. He allowed 4 runs on 10 hits in 5.1 innings. Diamondbacks starter Randall Delgado? 5 innings, 2 hits. The entire Arizona pitching staff only allowed one more hit in 9 innings than the San Diego bullpen did in 3.2.
Things went downhill almost immediately, with Kennedy giving up 3 runs in the second. Aaron Hill led off the inning with a single, advancing to third on a double by A.J. Pollock. Didi Gregorius brought Hill home with a high chopper down the third base line. Racing to beat the speedy Gregorius, Cory Spangenberg, trying in vain to catch the speedy shortstop, rushed his throw to first. Pollock scored and Gregorius went to second on the error. Delgado bunted him over to third, and a single by Ender Inciarte brought home the last run of the inning. The scoring didn't stop for long; a pair of leadoff doubles by Mark Trumbo and Miguel Montero put the snakes up 4-0 after three.
Kennedy left the game in the top of the sixth, and Blaine Boyer stayed in through the seventh, when he allowed another run. David Peralta hit a leadoff single, but it looked like Boyer would strand him after Boyer retired the next to batters. Hill had other plans, hitting an RBI double for his second hit of the night.
The Padres offense finally showed up in the eighth inning. Will Venable and Rene Rivera hit a pair of singles off of Matt Stites. Spangenberg drew a walk to put a Padre on every pillow and bring pinch-hitter Yasmani Grandal to the plate. The Diamondbacks made a substitution of their own, putting former Friar Oliver Perez on the mound. His first move was to throw a wild pitch, scoring Venable and advancing the other runners. And that was it for the inning. Grandal struck out. Abraham Almonte struck out. Rymer Liriano struck out. So, uh, yeah. Let's just all agree to pretend that never happened.
The Padres start a 3-game series in Colorado tomorrow, so you don't really care about pitching matchups. But if for some reason you actually do, Eric Stults will toe the rubber at 5:40 PM.
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The game thread was almost entirely abara talking to himself. 38 comments and 3 recs. Good job, I guess?