Record: 35-49. Pace: 68-94
The D-backs struck quick in the first as Ender Inciarte singled, then stole 2nd. After Paul Godschmidt walked, Miguel Montero singled to left field driving home Ender to give the D-backs the lead. Unfortunately, Aaron Hill and Martin Prado couldn't bring home Paul and that ended the biggest threat the D-backs would have the rest of the game. Despite reaching base in 5 of the 8 innings, the D-backs struggled against the Padres rookie.
After throwing 7 shutout innings against the Giants featuring a variety of pitch type and speeds that would make Bronson Arroyo giddy, Ordisamer Despaigne pitched another great game against the Diamondbacks. He mixed speeds well, and despite some wildness, induced 3 double plays to escape damage and long innings. Through 6 2/3 innings, he gave up 5 hits and 4 walks but outside of the 1st inning only 2 runners reached 2nd base.
Mike Bolsinger was great through the first 3 innings but it all fell apart in the 4th. After a leadoff walk to Chase Headley, Tommy Medica singled, Cameron Maybin doubled off the right field wall to score Headley and Alexi Amarista hit a sacrifice fly to score Tommy Medica. He calmed down and limited the damage to only 2 runs, but that was all the Padres needed. All-in-all, besides the one bad inning, he was effective despite some erratic control. He finished his day with 6IP, 2R, 4BB, and 6 Ks.
After the 4th, both offenses went into a coma and the only threat came from the Diamondbacks in the 7th. After 2 quick outs, David Peralta singled, Nick Ahmed singled for his first career hit putting runners on 1st and 2nd with 2 outs. Roger Kieschnick replaced Mike Bolsinger but struck out swinging against Kevin Quackenbush to end the threat.
After that mini scare, the both bullpens shut the door and the Diamondbacks were denied the series sweep by the Padres. This series was a strange one, with the D-backs only scoring 6 runs and yet winning the first 2 games. YCPB I guess.
Good Guy: David Peralta, 11.4%
Bad Guys: Martin Prado -14.6%, Everyone not a relief pitcher or Paul Goldschmidt
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CotD goes to preston.salisbury, with this delightful quip about the double-play king himself, Martin Prado.
The D-backs have an off-day tomorrow but face the Pirates in Pittsburgh starting Tuesday.