Last time the Diamondbacks faced Clayton Richard, he held them to one run over 6.2 innings. This time, Arizona fared a lot better, as they pounded out a total of 16 hits and chased Richard from the game in the fourth inning. Paul Goldschmidt homered on the first pitch he saw after his day off in the first, and a three-run second, keyed by a two-run triple from Chris Owings gave the D-backs all the offense they would need. Goldschmidt had four hits and finished a triple short of the cycle. Brandon Drury had a three-hit night, and there were two apiece for Owings, A.J. Pollock, Yasmany Tomas and Nick Ahmed, while Daniel Descalso got his first home-run with Arizona.
Patrick Corbin had his good stuff tonight, as was apparent from a first inning in which he struck out the Padres on a dozen or so pitches. He went seven innings, allowing two runs while scattering eight hits and two walks, striking out nine. Andrew Chafin allowed a run in the eighth, but Torey Lovullo was confident enough to sent last night’s goat, Silvino Bracho, out there for the ninth. He responded with a perfect inning, with two K’s, including striking out Wil Myers to end the game.
The win, coupled with a looming Rockies loss (seven down in the eighth - though itis Coors, so you never know...), would leave us 1⁄2 game back in the NL West. ish95 will be along with the full recap when he gets back from the ballpark.