The Padres couldn’t complete the opening series sweep against the Diamondbacks as they fell 3-1 at Petco Park on Sunday afternoon. The Friars’ lone score came in the bottom of the ninth when Fernando Tatis Jr. recorded his first home run of the season, a 465-footer over the center field fence. While the hit breathed some life into the Padres, it all came a bit too late.
Tatis’ home run could have had better timing, but it made up for the shortstops’ pair of throwing errors, including one that gave the D-Backs their third run of the day in the top of the third. He finshed two-of-four on Sunday and is now hitting .188 through four games with three hits and the lone deep shot.
Chris Paddack started the game for San Diego and following a rocky spring training, he wasn’t much better on Sunday. He pitched and even four innings, allowing two runs, striking out three, and walking three more.
The trio of Nabil Crismatt, Tim Hill, and Keone Kela combined to strikeout five over the game’s final four innings while allowing just a pair of hits.
The Diamondbacks were led offensively by left fielder David Peralta, who finished with a pair of RBIs and was the batter that grounded to Tatis before he made his first error of the day. Both Peralta and catcher Carson Kelly finished two-of-four at the plate.
The Padres begin a three-game home series against the Giants tonight with the opening pitch scheduled for 7:10 p.m. Adrian Morejon is your scheduled starter and he’ll be facing 30-year old Anthony Descalfani.