If I didn’t know any better, I’d feel bad for the Diamondbacks. They’re big offseason has collapsed even worse than the 2015 Padres, they’ve found a GM even worse than Kevin Towers, and tonight they got their tails handed to them by a bunch of no-name rookies. Luis Perdomo held them to one run in seven innings for his best start of the season. Patrick Kivlehan continued his hot big league start with a 2-for-2 day, and even Travis Jankowski managed to go yard on Arizona pitching.
The Friars opened the scoring in the third, when Jankowski hit his two-out bomb with Kivlehan on base. The newest Padre scored again in the fifth, drawing a one-out walk and then immediately scoring on a triple from Adam Rosales. Rosales in turn scored when Perdomo got in on the action with a double of his own. Alex Dickerson led off the next inning with some power of his own. He took a pitch below his knees and ripped it all the way to the concourse in right field. And that’s when the team really started to dunk on Arizona. Christian Bethancourt singled, but didn’t stay on first long. Brett Wallace doubled immediately after to plate another run, and then Kivlehan hit a single to put the Padres up 7-0.
The Diamondbacks got their lone run in the seventh inning. Phil Gosselin singled and then went to second on a throwing error by Perdomo. A fly out sent him to third, and then Brandon Drury hit a RBI single to end the shutout. The Friars added two more in the eighth to make up for it, but the game probably should have been mercy ruled already.
The Padres started this homestand hot, but they’ll be facing a tougher opponent tomorrow as the Cubs come to town for a three-game series. First pitch at 7:10.