Things started really well. AJ Pollock lead off the game against Padres starter Travis Wood. He hit a home run to the put the Diamondbacks on the board. However, Rosales, Goldschmidt, and Martinez all made outs to end the inning.
It didn’t take long for that small lead to evaporate. Zach Godley was the starter for Arizona, and if you were hoping for a gem, thanks to that great Marine Layer, you would have been disappointed. It’s almost like these Padres are a young and rising team, that’s been calling up their best prospects the past couple months and getting a taste of their future...
Anyway, I digress. Manuel Margot singled and then stole second. Carlos Asuaje also singled. Wil(l) Myers got a single of his own and scored Margot and sent Asuaje to third. A Yangeris Solarte sac fly scored another, but after that, a visit from Butcher helped Goldey to settle down and he got out of the inning. 2-1 Padres
Both teams were quiet in the second inning, but the Padres struck again in the third. Myers got the inning started with a double, and then he came home on a Solarte single. Solarte then went to second on a Corey Spangenberg single. Hunter Renfroe and Travis Jankowski both struck out, but a wild pitch during Jankowski’s at bat allowed the runners to advance to second and third. That opened a base for them to walk the eight hitter, allowing Godley to face Wood, their pitcher. That didn’t work out as one would have hoped, as Wood knocked a two strike, two out single to score two runs. 5-1 Padres.
That was pretty much the ball game. Pollock got another solo home run and then a double to lead off the top of the ninth, but that was all anyone on the team really managed. It is nice to see him start being productive again. A healthy and hitting Pollock will do wonders for our chances once the post season starts, which the Diamondbacks are still overwhelmingly likely to participate in.
To wrap up the scoring, Asuaje added another run in the bottom of the sixth off another RBI single, this time however, off Jake Barrett, who had replaced Godley. That run proved largely meaningless as the Diamondbacks never came anywhere near the Padres the rest of the game.
Godley: AJ Pollock 19.3%
Not-so-Godley: Zack Godley -32.3%
A very, very depressed GDT. I commented on Twitter that despite only being 6-4 following tonight’s game (which don’t get me wrong, isn’t good, but not catastrophic either) you would think that we were in the middle of a Dodger-esque slump, losing 30 out of our last 17, or something. We aren’t. Are we doing great right now? Of course not, but with the Rockies loss tonight our Magic number for home field advantage drops to six. That means any combination of six Rockies losses and Dbacks wins gets us a guaranteed home game for the playoffs. I’m still feeling pretty confident.
Anyway, Dbacks try to salvage a game from the series tomorrow. 6:10 start time, with Robbie Ray taking the mound for the Diamondbacks. Should be a good game, and with Ray on the mound, I feel fairly confident.