I’ve been on a little baseball break since the end of the last homestand. Between the trade deadline hangover and Team Tank ramping up as we move into the slowest month for non-competitive clubs, I needed to step away and remember why I love baseball. And I got the perfect reminder tonight when the Padres shoved the Diamondbacks back into the cellar where they belong.
The snakes came out swinging when Jean Segura started the game with a double off Paul Clemens. A fly out put him on third, and then a wild pitch sent Paul Goldschmidt to first while Segura took home. A couple more singles sent Goldy around and put Arizona up by two.
Travis Jankowski took one of those runs back in the bottom of the first. He led with a single up the middle, went to second on a grounder, and third on a wild pitch by Archie Bradley. Another ground out by Yangervis Solarte narrowed the gap to one. The score held there until the third, when the Padres put up a crooked number. Jankowski got things going again with his second of four hits tonight, a line drive single to left. He was called out swiping second, but a successful challenge from Andy Green kept the speedster on second, allowing him to score on a single to center from Wil Myers. The All-Star showed off some speed of his own by taking two bases on a Solarte single. An error by Segura allowed Myers to cross the plate and put runners on the corners. Ryan Schimpf drew a walk to load the bases, and then Christian Bethancourt came through with a two-run single.
Clemens allowed one more run in the fifth on a couple singles and a walk, but it’s not his fault he didn’t pick up his second W as a Padre. No, the bullpen gave up five runs, starting with Jose Dominguez, who gave up a game-tying bomb to Segura. The Friars got the lead back right away, though. Pinch-hitter Edwin Jackson (yes, I’m as confused as you are) drew a two-out walk then advanced to third on Jankowski’s double. A passed ball sent the unlikely runner home and put San Diego on top once again.
Brad Hand was the next reliever to give up the lead, this one coming on a single and a double. That run went unanswered, and Ryan Buchter let Arizona get the upper hand by giving up another run on a walk, a steal, and a single in the eighth. Another crooked number would put the good guys ahead for the rest of the night. Jankowski wrapped up his big night by hitting a single to start another two-out rally. Myers followed with a base hit of his own, and Solarte drew a walk to load the bases. Alex Dickerson came through in the clutch with a bases-clearing double to give the team a two-run lead. Brandon Maurer gave up an unearned run in the ninth, but held on for the save.
There’s more baseball tomorrow night at 7:40. Join us as Jarred Cosart takes on Zack Greinke.