Justin Upton returned to Chase Field in another different uniform and did what he does best on Saturday: beat the D-backs, his former team. Upton led off the 12th inning with his eighth homer of the season, helping the Padres to a 6-4 win in a game they almost squandered.
The Diamondbacks have manufactured the bulk of their wins by pulling away from their opponent. While they won't gripe about those results, they also feel there's value in eking out a narrow victory.
Moon Valley High School freshman Nick Shumaker stood behind home plate at Chase Field on Saturday remembering very well why he was there. To remember was a good thing considering the seriousness of the matter. The story of why the third baseman for his school's freshman team was watching the Arizona Diamondbacks' batting practice begins with him taking a line drive square in the face.
ashner has a 1-5 record despite a 3.16 ERA. The right-hander is 0-3 in his past three starts, and he struck out the first six he faced April 29 against the Astros. As for the D-backs, they need a starter to take Archie Bradley's spot in the rotation. Lefty Robbie Ray filled in for Bradley last time through the rotation, but he is unavailable after back-to-back rainouts in Colorado this week threw the rotation out of whack.