A. J. Pollock and Chris Owings got the Diamondbacks' offense off to a good start. Pollock hit a lead off single to start the game. Owings then got on base with a walk to put runners on first and second with no one out. However, the offensive futility that was to be a hallmark of the game for the Dbacks started to take over. Paul Goldschmidt flew out to right field for the first out. They were still in a good position, but David Peralta hit into an incredibly unlucky unassisted double play when he lined out to Yonder Alonso at first, and Owings got caught leaning to end the inning.
The Padres had no such offensive futility in the first inning. Or maybe, Jeremy Hellickson had no pitching effectiveness. Tomato, tomahto. Wil Myers started it off with a double, which was immediately followed by a single for Solarte. Kemp grounded into a force out, erasing Solarte at second, but scoring Myers to give the Padres their first run. Justin Upton walked, and Derek "Not Chuck" Norris doubled in Kemp to make the score 2-0 Padres. Yonder Alonso then grounded out to Goldschmidt to score Upton. 3-0 Padres.
After that, Hellickson largely settled down. He held the Padres at three runs until the fifth, including 1-2-3 innings in the second and fourth. He did load the bases with two outs in the third thanks to one walk, a single, and an intentional walk, but got Middlebrooks to fly out to end the threat.
After that first inning, the Diamondbacks didn't really manage much else for the rest of the game. The only other time they threatened at all was in the fourth inning. With one out, David Peralta got hit by a pitch and was driven home by a Mark Trumbo double. After that, they really didn't do anything else noteworthy for the rest of the night, and it's debatable if they even were in the stadium for the 8th and 9th innings.
Hellickson gave up a solo home run to Upton in the fifth. He made it through the sixth. This event will soon be immortalized in a movie called "Miracle at Petco Park". He almost made it through the seventh, but Mark Trumbo once again proved that he should be a DH and not a fielder by letting a ball hit by Matt Kemp that should have been a double at the absolute most turn into a triple. That knocked Hellickson out of the game in favor of Randell Delgado, who allowed Kemp to score on a wild pitch, giving us our final score of 5-1.
Sunk our chances of winning the least: Mark Trumbo,%
Sunk them the most: Jeremy Hellickson, -28.5
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Comment of the Day goes to Zavada's Moustache for gem:
TRUMBO'S SO EXCITED HE'S NOT THE ONE BEING PICKED ON IN THE GDT THIS TIME!
by Zavada's Moustache on Apr 14, 2015 | 8:20 PM reply unrec (10) actions
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