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Diamondbacks 2, Padres 1: Richard pitches well, throws poorly

San Diego’s starter only allowed two unearned runs... on his own errors.

MLB: Arizona Diamondbacks at San Diego Padres Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

If you just glance at Clayton Richard’s line for tonight, you’d think he had a pretty good game. Two hits, two unearned runs, three walks, and five strikeouts in six innings is a laudable start... but those runs were unearned because of his own throwing errors. Oops. Of course, the loss can’t be blamed entirely on him. The offense was utterly lost against Robbie Ray, picking up just three hits and three walks. The only starter with a hit was Patrick Kivlehan, who went yard in his big league debut.

Arizona got on the board in the fifth as Welington Castillo singled to center, then went to third when Richard committed his first error, allowing Mitch Haniger to reach base safely. Brandon Drury grounded into a double play, but that didn’t stop Castillo from reaching home. Kivlehan answered back in the bottom half of the inning with his bomb, but the tie didn’t last long.

After retiring Jean Segura to start the sixth, Richard gave up a single to Phil Gosselin and walked Paul Goldschmidt. He then snagged an easy comebacker from Rickie Weeks Jr that should have been a textbook double play, but he airmailed the throw and allowed Gosselin to score the winning run.

The Padres still have one more chance to win this series. Luis Perdomo will take the mound at 1:40 tomorrow.