Record: 57-81 On Pace: 67-95 Change on '13/'10: -13/+1
Miley started the night off strong. He did give up a walk to Abraham Almonte and a hit each to Jedd Gyorko and Rene Rivera and , but thanks to a pick off and a double play, only faced one batter over the minimum through the first four innings, with only 39 pitches thrown. Maybe it was just the complete lack of offense that the Padres always give, but Miley was really seemed to be dealing out there early tonight.
In the top halves of the inning, the Diamondback offense wasn't doing quite as well as Miley. Through the first three innings, they only managed two base runners, the first of which was when David Peralta reached on an error in the first inning and was promptly erased on a pick off. The second was a Mark Trumbo single which didn't amount to anything, thanks to in being followed by a fly out, fielder's choice, and a ground out to first.
The fourth inning went better, though, with both Cliff Pennington and David Peralta getting singles to put runners on the corners with now outs. Trumbo struck out, but Miguel Montero hit an RBI single to bring home Pennington. However, thanks to an A. J. Pollock fielder's choice and a Jake Lamb strike out, the inning came to an end without any more scoring.
Which ended up being unfortunante, because the Padres got to Miley a bit in the fifth inning. A single for Rivera and a double for Rymer Liriano put runners on second and third with no outs. Miley did get the next batter, Cameron Maybin, to strike out. However, Alexi Amarista did get an RBI single to tie the game at one.
After that short spurt of scoring, neither team really seemed interested in doing anything else. The Dbacks went down in order in the fifth through eighth innings, and while the Padres did get a solo base runner in both the sixth and seventh innings, neither of them was able to score. One thing of note, Chris Owings did make his return in the eighth has a pinch hitter for Miley, who ended up getting the no-decision. Owings grounded out to short stop.
The Padres tried to put something together in the eighth but they walked away from it. The first two runners got in base, thanks to singles, putting runners on first and third. In a great show of futility, however, the three, four, and five hitters all struck out to end the threat.
In the ninth, Arizona also put together something resembling a threat. Peralta lead things off with a single. Trumbo grounded out, moving him to second. Kevin Quackenbush, the closer for San Diego, intentionally walked Montero, so he could face Pollock and get him to fly out and end the inning.
It all came to a crashing end in the bottom of the ninth when Cory Spangenberg hit a pinch-hit, walk-off home run against Ziegler to put the Padres on top and give them the win.
Couple things of note. Daniel Hudson did not make his return tonight, remaining in the bullpen for the entire contest. Also, I did not hear any of the post game interviews, but shoewizard is saying that Ziegler mentioned his landing knee is not feeling up to par. Hopefully, he is going to get that checked out, and it will be taken care of if there is a real issue. Please don't be an idiot and try to tough this out any further than you already have, Brad...
Dominate: Wade Miley, 23.1%
Was Dominated: Brad Zeigler, -38.3%
Comment of the Day goes to Jim, for summing up this recap in six words, and basically providing the title for this recap.
And, no Hudson
A very quiet game day thread with only 177. I was the only one with more than 30 comments. All present were:
AzRattler, Diamondhacks, GuruB, Jim McLennan, JoeCB1991, Makakilo, MrMrrbi, Paulnh, asteroid, hotclaws, imstillhungry95, onedotfive, overkill94DT, preston.salisbury, shoewizard
Join us again tomorrow for another "contest" between these two teams. Slightly different start time, though. 7:05 PM, as opposed to 7:10 today. Be there, or be somewhere else. The choice is entirely up to you.