When Jhoulys Chacin watched Chris Owings’ grand slam sail into the Arizona sky, he must have felt like the loneliest man in baseball. Little did he know that the Padres’ offense would rally and nearly overcome the six-run deficit that had piled up at that point in the game. Sadly, the Diamondbacks won this game, but the Padres have some positives to pull from it.
Chacin’s start was nothing like the gem he pitched last Wednesday against these same Diamondbacks, when he threw eight brilliant shutout innings in a pitcher’s duel against Zack Greinke. David Peralta set the tone early with a solo homer in the first, but Chacin settled in fairly well after that blip. The score was 1-0 until Yasmany Tomas doubled in Jake Lamb in the fourth. The big blow was a grand slam surrendered to Chris Owings in the fifth, which was the product of a Greinke single, a walk, and another single to load the bases. If the bullpen hadn’t been depleted after two rough nights, Chacin might have been pulled earlier, but the depth wasn’t there tonight and Chacin had to stay out there as long as he could. Six innings pitched and seven earned runs were the main points on Chacin’s line tonight. If you’re a fantasy baseball team owner, you might consider benching Chacin when he starts on the road. Just sayin’.
The Padres offense showed some surprising resiliency tonight. Zack Greinke had the team locked down through five innings, notching eleven strikeouts along the way. A sacrifice fly by Austin Hedges to score Yangervis Solarte was the only big mark against Greinke’s line. He was mercifully pulled after 97 pitches and six full innings for Silvino Bracho, who Mark Grant so adeptly noted sounds like a line of fine Italian men’swear. The Padres finally seemed to get a foothold against Bracho, who put two runners on base thanks to a walk and an error. Manuel Margot chopped a grounder up the middle that looked like a double play for certain, but Margot’s blazing speed beat out the throw, and Jabari Blash scored on the play. Wil Myers followed that up with an emphatic three-run shot, and by his reaction he was as excited for that jack as he would be for free guac at Chipotle. The following inning brought Austin Hedges back to the plate, and he kept his hot streak going with a solo dinger to bring the game within one run at 6-7.
Unfortunately the score remained stable as the Padres failed to bring another run home. A rough inning for Chacin spelled doom for the Padres, and it seems that the rough inning has been the downfall for this team as of late. These two teams face off again tomorrow at 6:40, with Clayton Richard facing Patrick Corbin, a repeat of last Thursday’s standoff of southpaws. The Padres need a win to earn a chance for a series split. Tune in to see if these kids can bounce back and put some pressure on these scaly snakes.