Anderson wobbled initially, giving up singles on the first two pitches he threw, and allowing a sacrifice fly to give the Padres the first run of the game, as they made their first out. However, he didn't let that distract him, and settled down to deliver another excellent outing, holding the San Diego offense to just that one run in seven innings - I'm a little surprised he didn't go deeper, considering tomorrow's scheduled "bullpen" game, and that Anderson had thrown only 92 pitches to that point. This may just be hindsight, considering our relievers allowed three runs on five hits and two walks over the last two innings.
As last night, Arizona had fought back, getting some help from the Padres defense and tying the game on an RBI triple by David Peralta, which was helpfully misplayed by a certain former Diamondback in left field. We then took the lead in the fifth, with Anderson getting his first major-league RBI, singling home Jordan Pacheco. Trailing by two in the ninth against Craig Kimbrel seemed hopeless, but the improbable figure of Danny Dorn came off the bench and tied the game with a two-run double down the right-field, when we were down to our last strike. The words "You can't predict baseball" were never truer.
We wasted a golden chance in the 10th, failing to score after putting two on and no out, and a certain former Diamondback then homered off Randall Delgado in the 12th. There'd be no comeback this time. The series finale is tomorrow afternoon at Chase, with Andrew Cashner going up against what appears to be a committee of long-relief for the home team.