"It gets kind of weird. You'd think you'd accidentally beat a team by two runs or three runs, but it seems like when we win, we win by seven or eight runs."
- Addison Reed
"That was a long time off. It affected me a lot. That's why in spring training, I believe I was inconsistent. Some days were good, some days were bad. One of the reasons I was like that was because I haven't played for seven months. I feel a lot better, yes."
- Yasmany Tomas
Will Venable had three hits and drove in the go-ahead run in the seventh as the Padres beat the D-backs, 6-5, on Friday night at Chase Field to snap Arizona's three-game winning streak and even the series at a game apiece.
The D-backs have yet to name a starter for Sunday's series finale against the Padres at Chase Field, but it looks like it will be one of their current relievers, likely Andrew Chafin, Randall Delgado, or Daniel Hudson.
Tomas lost 15 pounds since he reported to spring training and he looks friskier. His recent success probably has a lot to do with it. Tomas has made several athletic plays at third base, although the position remains a work in progress, and has shown well at the plate since becoming the regular a few days after Jake Lamb went out with a stress reaction in his left foot.
The Diamondbacks beat out three other teams in the pursuit of former Miami Marlins catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia, signing the 30-year-old to a minor-league deal on Thursday. But that doesn't mean Saltalamacchia will be upending the organizational pecking order at catcher any time soon.
Closer Addison Reed has found himself in a save situation only twice this season entering play Friday – a lighter workload than the 26-year-old is used to carrying. Nine of the Diamondbacks' first 13 wins have come by a margin of at least four runs.
The weight of the Red Sox’ early season struggles with their starting rotation ultimately fell on pitching coach Juan Nieves, who was fired Thursday, barely a month into his third season with the team.