It was a day for the longball at Petco Park, with every single run on both sides coming from a home run. Both the Padres and the Diamondbacks went yard three times, but the snakes made their shots a little more timely.
Matt Kemp started the game on a high note, leading off the bottom of the first with his sixth home run of the season. Unfortunately, that half inning was the only time the Friars would lead the game. Yasmany Tomas reached base in the top of the second when Will Middlebrooks fumbled the ball at third. Jake Lamb followed up with a single to center, and Welington Castillo brought them both home with a line drive over the left field fence. A solo shot from David Peralta in the third made it 4-1.
The Padres narrowed the gap in the fourth. Yonder Alonso led off the inning with a walk, and Derek Norris made Chase Anderson pay for that mistake by hammering his tenth homer of the year to left field. Those gains didn't last. In the sixth inning, with two outs, Odrisamer Despaigne beaned Tomas. That brought up lefty Jake Lamb, so Pat Murphy called Frank Garces in from the pen. It was a decision that didn't work out too well, as Lamb went yard on the fourth pitch of the at bat. That mistake was made all the more frustrating in the bottom half of the inning, when Norris went yard again. But instead of tying the game, his second homer just brought them to within two, a deficit they couldn't recover from.
Oh, and to make matters worse, Will Middlebrooks left the game in the seventh when he tripped over equipment in the Diamondbacks on deck circle trying to make a catch in foul territory. There's no word yet on how he's doing.
The Padres get an off day tomorrow, and then the Mariners come to town Tuesday for the conclusion of the 2015 Vedder Cup. Ian Kennedy will take the mound at 7:10 PM.
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