Diamondbacks 3, Padres 4: Force with Bud Black, Rene Rivera

Denis Poroy

Record: 11-23. Pace: 52-110. Change on 2013/10/04/1998: -7/-3/-3/+3

The San Diego Padres have three catchers on their roster. Two of them are known as hitters.

So of course it was the third, Rene Rivera, who victimized the Diamondbacks and was the hero for the Padres.

Rivera, who entered the game hitting .217 with 5 RBI, went 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles, driving in two runs in the fourth (on a ball partially misplayed by Cody Ross, although it probably made no difference) and nearly ending the game on a ninth inning double. In the end, it was Yonder Alonso’s ground ball to Goldy that drove in Cameron Maybin to end it.

Wade Miley struggled through rough patches in the third and fourth, giving up one in the third and two in the fourth, all with two outs. But he came back to put up scoreless frames in the 5th, 6th, and 7th. This earned him a quality start, the third in a row for the D-backs.

The Padres got on the board first, pushing across a run in the third. That lead didn’t last long, as Goldy hit a drive to right center that simply wouldn’t stop carrying, and wound up being a 412-foot home run. The Diamondbacks weren’t done. After Hill and Owings were out, one of three Padres errors allowed Cody Ross to reach. Ender Inciarte singled, the runners advanced on a passed ball, and Tuffy Gosewisch came through to drive both runners home on a single, giving the Diamondbacks the lead, which was lost on Rivera’s two-run double in the bottom of the inning.

After both bullpens kept things tied through 8, Huston Street (and his sub-1 ERA) came on to face the bottom of the Diamondbacks order. With Pollock on to pinch run, Inciarte worked a long at bat before flying out, Montero struck out, and Chavez drew a walk, putting Pollock in scoring position and bringing Parra to the plate. Sadly, a ground-out ended things.

In the bottom half of the frame, the second successful challenge from Bud Black proved key, as the umpires overturned what was initially the first out of the inning, giving the Padres a baserunner. After Perez struck out Will Venable, Rene Rivera once again came through, hitting a double to the wall in right, which was only kept from ending the game thanks to a good play by Parra. Yonder Alonso’s ground ball to Goldy was enough to bring Maybin home from third and send the D-backs to Milwaukee on a losing note.

At least this team is better than the 1998 expansion team. In the wise words of Monty Python, always look on the bright side of life.

Bells and whistles

Obi-wan Kenobi: Paul Goldschmidt, +19.2%
Han Solo: Tuffy Gosewisch, +10.1%
Jabba the Hutt: Oliver the Perez, -38.3%
Imperial Stormtroopers: Hill, -16.7%; Parra, -14.8%

A wide geographical spread this afternoon, with the top three commenters being JoeCB1991, AzDbackfanInDc and hotclaws. Also present were: BulldogsNotZags, Circa4life, Clefo, DeadmanG, Diamondhacks, EzioExManAZ, Fangdango, GODSCHMIDT, GuruB, Jim McLennan, JoelPre, John Baragona, Marc Fournier, MrMrrbi, SenSurround, SongBird, The so-called Beautiful, TolkienBard, Umbrella24, catbat, cheese1213, fsudude, grimmy01, kishi, makattack71, onedotfive and your guest recapper, preston.salisbury. AzDbackfanInDc completed a fine afternoon's work by snaring comment of the thread, for suggesting this reaction to the new of the Heath Bell DFA:.


Awww maybe

We should bring him back

No more Parra Parra Parra just Win Win Win

by AzDbackfanInDc on May 4, 2014 | 1:58 PM up reply rec (5) flag actions

We're back tomorrow, for a game in Milwaukee against the Brewers, with Mike Bolsinger starting for the D-backs. I will not be present for the later innings... Beep. Beep. Beep. Beep. Beeeeeep...

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