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Diamondbacks 1, Padres 3: Laborious Labor Day

Cahill once again struggled early, and once again, the offense failed to show up.

Denis Poroy

Both teams threatened in the first, but both teams also lived up to their reputation of being putrid offensively. Ender Inciarte got things started in the top of the first with a lead off single. He then stole second during Aaron Hill's at bat, which ended in a popup. David Peralta drew a walk. However, Mark Trumbo grounded into a fielder's choice, and Miguel Montero popped up to shortstop.

The Padres waited a bit longer to start getting runners on base. First, Cahill recorded a strike out of Abraham Almonte and then got Alexi Amarista to pop up to the infield. Before he could record the last out, however, Seth Smith walked, and was then moved to third by a Yasmani Grandal single. Cahill stopped any real damage from happening by getting Gyorko to ground out to end the inning.

The Dbacks were sat down in order for the second and third, while the Padres drew a walk in the second but were unable to do anything with it. Cahill really struggled to find the strikezone in the third inning, though, giving up two walks before getting out of the inning.

The fourth inning was rough for Cahill. Somehow, though, he managed to get out of it without too much damage. Two hits and a walk loaded the bases with two outs, and an Alexi Amarista single scored a run. Amazingly, that was all that the Padres managed in that inning. Seth Smith struck out to end the inning and leave the bases loaded.

The fifth inning actually ended up being worse. Yasmani Grandal hit a single to lead the inning off, and then Jedd Gyorko hit a double to move him to third. That was the end of the day for Trevor Cahill, and Gibson brought in Eury De La Rosa. It started promisingly for De La Rosa. He got Will Venable to strike out. However, he then walked Rene Rivera intentionally, loading the bases for Cory Spangenburg, who hit a two run single to make the score 3-0 Padres. De La Rosa managed to get out of the inning without any further damage.

In the sixth, the Dbacks offense actually decided to show up, scoring a run, but that was basically it for both teams for the rest of the night. The Padres threatened again in the seventh, but nothing came of it.

Source: FanGraphs

Did not suck: A. Hill, 12.6%

Did suck: J. Lamb, N. Reimold, D. Gregorius, -17.3 ~ -10.2%

I'm feeling lazy, and this recap is late enough as it is, so no COTD. There were some worthy choices, though, so I recommend going back and reading the Gameday thread. I will, however, tell you that there were 407 comments, Dbacksskins had the most with 78. GuruB and Rockkstarr12 were second and third. All present were

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Join us again tomorrow at 7:05 PM Arizona time. Same two teams, and if you consider boredom the final result of this game, probably the same result.