Brett Kennedy will have to wait five more days for another shot at his first big league win. He put up a solid start, allowing two runs in five innings of work, but left the game without a decision. The offense managed to score their third run of the afternoon shortly after he left, but the bullpen failed to hang on in the last innings of today’s game.
The Padres started the game well. Hunter Renfroe hit a big ol’ two run bomb in the first, his fourteenth dinger of the year. That could have been a three run shot, but Travis Jankowski tried and failed to swipe third after hitting a leadoff double.
The Diamondbacks got the first of those runs back in the second. Daniel Descalso drew a walk to start the inning, and Ketel Marte put him in scoring position with a single. Jeff Mathis brought Descalso around with a base knock, and Kennedy was in danger of losing his lead right away. But a strikeout and a double play kept Marte from coming home. The Friars didn’t hold the lead for much longer, as David Peralta went yard in the third.
The game stayed tied until the sixth inning, when Wil Myers drew a one-out walk. He then stole second, and Renfroe added another RBI to his line with a two out single up the middle. Just like their earlier lead, this one lasted two innings. Trey Wingenter gave up a homer to Descalso in the eighth, and A.J. Pollock took Kirby Yates deep in the ninth. Manuel Margot tried to tie things up again in the bottom of the inning with a leadoff single, but never moved past first base.
The Padres have tomorrow off, which will give them time to adjust to the thin air as they head to Denver to face the Rockies. First pitch on Tuesday is at 5:40 PM.