Shelby Miller made his third start back from Tommy John Surgery and was... meh. Command of his secondary pitches, the cutter and curve, were better than they were in his previous two starts. However, the San Diego Padres were able to make the most of the contact they did get off of Miller. Four of the five hits he allowed went for extra bases, a double, two triples, and a solo home run. The second of those triples came in the 6th inning to the right center field corner. It appeared that A.J. Pollock was in position to make a play on it, but he might have lost it in the outfield overhang allowing it to fall for a hit. On the very next batter, Nick Ahmed miffed on a ground ball that he makes nearly every time allowing the Padres to score their fourth run of the game.
Ketel Marte did drive in two with a home run in the bottom of the 8th, but other than that the Diamondbacks were unable to come through with runners on base. They had multiple men on base with no outs in the 1st, 2nd, and 6th innings and only managed to core a single run in those opportunities.
This game could not end quickly enough for me if I’m being completely honest. Between the infuriating Padres’ half of the 6th inning, and Steve Berthiaume and Randy Johnson bantering back and forth on the evolution of the game, I was checked out about midway through. More of my commentary on that to come, if you care, in the full recap.