Shelby Miller retired the Padres in order through the first two innings, but let them take advantage in the third. Eric Aybar lead off the inning with a walk, and he was moved to second on a Travis Jankowski single. Their pitcher, Jarrod Cosart, bunted unsuccessfully, with Chris Iannetta throwing Aybar out at third. Miguel Margot made the second out when he flew out to Jake Lamb, but Wil Myers singled, scoring Jankowski. Miller shut it down after that Yangervis Solarte to pop out to end the inning. 1-0 Padres
The Diamondbacks wasted no time in answering back in the top of the fourth inning. With one out, David Peralta singled and Goldy walked. Lamb struck out for the second out in the inning. Tomas singled, loading the bases. That brought up Drury. He walked, bringing home a run, on four straight pitches. Turns out there was a reason for that, as Cosart left the game due to injury. A later report says it was due to a right hamstring injury, so he’ll probably be out for a little bit.
Craig Stammen came in to replace him and face Chris Owings. Owings dropped down a bunt back to the mound. Stammen threw it away, which allowed Paul Goldschmidt and Yasmany Tomas to score. Stammen recovered and got Chris Iannetta to strike out, but the Dbacks were just getting started. 3-1 Diamondbacks
They didn’t wait around either, jumping right back into the swing of things, pun intended, in the top of the fifth. Again with one out, Pollock walked. Peralta popped out for the second out, bringing Goldy to the plate. Goldy walked, and, during the at bat, Pollock stole second. Lamb singled Pollock home, still with two out. Yasmany Tomas was up next. He hit the first pitch he saw out to extend the lead even further. 7-1 Diamondbacks
While all this was happening, Miller was absolutely cruising. After giving up the one run, he only allowed three more base runners on the night. He was pretty routinely hitting upper 90’s with his fastball, and just generally making the Padres look foolish up there. Obvious caveat of who his opponent was, but this is definitely something I look forward to seeing more of in the future.
The offense added a couple more in both the eighth and ninth, padding the lead even further. Of note there, Chris Iannetta hit his second home run of the season, Jeremy Hazelbaker hit a two run triple, and Shelby Miller himself got two walks and had some aggressive, heads up base running when he went first to third on a throwing error.
The Padres did add one in the ninth, but it didn’t really matter much tonight with them being down by ten and all. Dbacks easily take the game, and start the series off on the right foot.
A good sized GDT tonight with 761 comments on the night. Michael McD lead the way, breaking the century mark, followed by DC and blue bulldog. All present were:
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Going to give out a joint CotN for these smile inducing gem:
In other news, it looks like both LA and SF will be under. 500 after tonight
Suck it, California.
How about this?
LA, SF, Anaheim, SD and Oaktown… all under .500 if things hold in LA.
Join us again tomorrow for what will hopefully be a repeat of tonight’s game!