The San Diego Padres have again avoided being shutout this month, and they did it by waiting until the 6th inning to start punching the Arizona Diamondbacks back into their corner. In fact, the Padres were hitting back hard enough to cause a few D-back fans to start biting their nails until a former Friar would deliver the knockout blow in the 9th.
The good: Again, no shutout against the good guys. Even if they don’t maintain that through the rest of the month, it’s a huge pain relief for a season of low expectations. Tonight, the Padres avoided a shutout in an exciting way.
After being played by Zack Greinke for most of the game, Austin Hedges chipped away at a 6-0 lead by offering a sac fly to score Yangervis Solarte. Manuel Margot helped the Pads keep up with a fielder’s choice RBI, making things 7-2.
Then, with the bases loaded in the 7th inning and a 2-1 count, Wil Myers took the opportunity to unsettle the Snakes with a towering 3-run home run to farleft field after pitcher Silvino Bracho left a juicy off-speed pitch hanging down the middle (Myers’ fifth home run of the season.) The Pads were back in it.
Not to be beaten, Austin Hedges clubbed his club-leading 6th home run of the season into left-center.
That brought the game to a more exciting 7-6 score. Though it would end that way, and the D-Backs would take the win, an offensive burst is always a good watch. Relief from Jose Torres and Brad hand would also keep the Swinging Friars entirely in-the-game.
The bad: With a few more scoring opportunities, the Padres couldn’t quite pull the trigger. The team left 6 on base and were 3 for 7 with runners in scoring position. Ryan Schimpf, despite being notorious for his skill in the box, struck out in 3 of his 4 at-bats.
The ugly: Oh Jhoulys. Jhoulys Chacín put up a real stinker tonight, reminiscent of his Opening Day disaster. In six innings he allowed 7 runs, all earned, two of them homers. The D-Backs squeezed 8 hits out of him and 2 walks. Chacín truly earned the L tonight, and no amount of heroics could turn that pitching frown upside-down.