Thank the lord for Ryan Schimpf. The Padre with the most bizarre stat line came through big-time in the ninth inning to put the Friars on top of the Diamondbacks, with a chance to salvage a split tomorrow. And he wasn’t the only one to go yard; he built on the success of Erick Aybar and Hunter Renfroe earlier in the game. The Padres needed that offense, as the snakes beat up on Trevor Cahill, hitting him for five runs in less than six innings.
Cahill’s start was rough from the get-go. A.J. Pollock led off the first with a single, and then Trevor gave David Peralta a free pass. Paul Goldschmidt made him pay for that mistake with an RBI single. The first could have been much worse, but Cahill got out of the inning without any more damage. The same couldn’t be said of the third inning, when the top of the Arizona order bit him again, in almost the same way. Pollock singled and Peralta walked. Both scored courtesy of a wild pitch and a pair of singles.
The good guys got two of those runs back in the fourth. Erick Aybar of all people started the scoring with his second homer of the year, and Jabari Blash kept things going with a two out walk. Cahill got a little bit of revenge with a double to plate Blash from first and close the gap a little bit. But it was a night of two steps forward and one step back, with Goldschmidt getting his third RBI of the game on a double in the bottom half of the inning. Hunter Renfroe answered that immediately in the fifth with another bomb, but the real blast came in the ninth inning.
Aybar bunted for a one-out single, and stole second shortly thereafter. Then Hector Sanchez hit a pinch single to put runners at the corners and bring Schimpf to the plate. He did this to old friend Fernando Rodney.
Manuel Margot, Cory Spangenberg, and Yangervis Solarte combined to add on a couple extra runs for Brandon Maurer to work with, but he didn’t need them, tossing a perfect ninth inning for his fourth save of the year.
Jered Weaver will take the mound tomorrow evening as he looks to salvage a series split and pick up his first win. See you here at 6:40 PM.