The D-backs beat the Padres again, completing the series sweep. The offense seems all but snapped out of it’s slumber from the road trip and is punishing opponents. Well, by opponents, I guess we should clarify that by saying the Padres. Out of the 62 games played, the D-backs have faced the Padres 13 times, winning 9-4. Now I hate being the bearer of bad news, but it sure seems like we’re taking advantage of a weak schedule, I dunno.
Patrick Corbin was your starter this afternoon, looking to turn things around after two pitiful performances against the Brewers and Marlins respectively. He entered today with a 12.00 ERA in the 1st inning, and did nothing to lower that today, giving up 2 more runs raising his ERA to 12.46! That is bad folks.
He started off with 2 walks sandwiched between a single, which was erased as Pirela attempted to take the extra base. But Hunter Renfoe singled to load things up and Austin Hedges blooped a single to score the aforementioned 2 runs, 2-0 Padres. He did escape further damage, getting a strikeout and ground ball to end the inning.
Corbin gave up his other run in the 3rd inning, allowing a single and double to score the 3rd run for the Padres today but after that he was perfectly fine. Pitching primarily from the stretch most of the game, he escaped trouble and only left the 6th because of matchup reasons, with the D-backs electing to shut down a threat with J.J Hoover, who managed to do just that. All told, Corbin pitched 5 2/3IP, allowing 3 runs on 8 hits, with 2 walks and 8 strikeouts.
The bullpen was masterful, as is demonstrated by the final score remaining with 3 runs. The much maligned Silvino Bracho pitching 2 scoreless innings (he was recalled to replace Zack Greinke, recently placed on the Paternity Leave) and T.J McFarland closed things out to keep the Padres at 3 runs.
You’re probably wondering how the D-backs scored 15 runs, well sit down and let me tell you the tale.
The D-backs matched the 2 runs from the Padres in the first with 2 of their own, thanks to an Owings double scoring Goldschmidt and a Descalso single, which scored Owings. 2-2.
Things were quiet until the 5th. After a Gregor Blanco bunt single, Chris Iannetta homered to push the D-backs up again 4-3.
Quakenbush got two quick outs to start the 6th but then this happened: HBP, walk, infield single, 2-rbi single, walk, 3-rbi double, rbi double. All told, 6 runs crossed the plate thanks to the 3-run double from Iannetta and pinch hit 2-run single from Peralta. 10-3 D-backs.
Everything after was icing on the cake. Daniel Descalso homered in the 7th. Chris Iannetta, Jeremy Hazelbaker and Chris Owings all doubled in the 8th, scoring 4 more runs.
Because the Internet - Chris Iannetta (31.9%)
Camp - David Peralta (15.4%)
Kauai - Patrick Corbin hitting (-6.1%)
Good day when your worst performance is your pitcher doing something he’s not supposed to do.
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Comment of the thread goes to Oldenschoole for this astute observation.
Come back tomorrow for a rematch with the Brewers. Game time at 6:40pm.