The Padres scored early and often tonight, as the offense pounded the Diamondbacks throughout the evening. Austin Hedges launched a bomb, Wil Myers and Carlos Asuaje legged out triples, and Cory Spangenberg rounded out the extra base action with a double. They handed Eric Lauer his fourth win, as the rookie pitcher held his own by allowing just one run over five innings.
Asuaje hit the snakes early with his triple to center. He was just the second batter of the game, and the third batter of the game brought him home. That was Myers with his first hit and RBI of the night.
Arizona answered back in the second when Ketel Marte led off with a double. Jake Lamb brought him home with a single, and things looked bad for Lauer when John Ryan Murphy picked up another base hit before Lauer had even recorded an out. But Shelby Miller botched his bunt, popping out to first, and former Friar Jon Jay grounded into a double play to end the inning.
It was Austin Hedges who ended the tie. His solo shot to left field in the fifth put Lauer in the win column, and there were insurance runs in the team’s future. They hung a crooked number in the sixth as Asuaje and Myers played key roles again. Asuaje drew a walk to start the inning, and Myers hit his triple immediately after. Eric Hosmer made it to second on an error that plated Wil, and two outs after that, Freddy Galvis brought Hos home with a single up the middle.
The Pads picked up one more in the seventh. After the first two batters of the inning were retired, Travis Jankowski drew a walk. The speedy outfielder swiped his fourteenth bag of the season, and Asuaje hurt the Diamondbacks one more time with an RBI single. The Diamondbacks managed to pick up two runs off Matt Strahm in the eighth when he gave up a homer to Marte, but that was it for Arizona.
Joey Lucchesi will toe the rubber in game two tomorrow. He’s coming off a gem in Pittsburgh, so hopefully he’ll continue to have success in Phoenix. First pitch at 6:40 PM.