Diamondbacks 4, Padres 2
Arizona manger Kirk Gibson appreciates an intense player. Daniel
Hudson impressed him Saturday night.
Hudson, making his second start since coming off the DL, made a
big impression with eight strong innings to help the Diamondbacks
to a 4-2 win over the San Diego Padres.
Paul Goldschmidt extended his hitting streak to a career-high 11
games with a solo homer and Arizona’s struggling offense was
resourceful in scoring four runs.
But Gibson, a fierce competitor in his playing days, was taken
by the intensity Hudson showed. Especially after he paid Hudson a
visit when the right-hander walked the leadoff batter in the
”The Huddy of old,” Gibson said. ”He threw great. He didn’t
want to come out. His pitch count was pretty low. I went out and
he’s always lobbying for longer. I didn’t want to take the game
away from him, so I stayed with him. That’s what we needed.”
Hudson, who missed more than a month with a right shoulder
impingement, allowed two runs on five hits while striking out five
and walking one. Hudson also had a sacrifice fly.
”He was wondering why I walked (Everth Cabrera) when I was up
0-2,” Hudson said about Gibson’s mound visit. ”He asked me how I
felt and I said I felt fine. He said, `Try and get a double play
and get out of this thing.”’
Hudson didn’t get a double play but retired the next three
batters to cap a solid outing.
”He kept the ball down and got quick outs,” catcher Miguel
When Montero was asked about Gibson’s decision to keep Hudson in
the game, he said, ”I would have done the same thing. His fastball
was still good and his slider was outstanding.”
Arizona, which had scored two runs or less in three of their
previous four games, scored three runs on a sacrifice fly, a balk
and a bases-loaded walk.
”Right now, you have to take whatever they give you,” Montero
The Diamondbacks got an assist from San Diego reliever Joe
Thatcher, who balked in the go-ahead run in the seventh inning.
Gerardo Parra reached on a comebacker that deflected off
Thatcher’s bare hand and went for an infield single with one out in
the inning. Willie Bloomquist singled and Parra advanced to third
base. Thatcher was then called for a balk by third base umpire
Brian Gorman, allowing Parra to score.
”(Parra) caused the balk,” Gibson said. ”He took a couple of
steps. He went down (the third base line) hard where Thatcher could
Thatcher and manager Bud Black did not agree with the call.
”He (Gorman) took the ball out of my hands,” Thatcher said.
”I’m looking back at the second base umpire, he’s shaking his
head. I didn’t balk. I don’t know what he really saw. It changed
Goldschmidt’s home run in the fifth inning into the second deck
in left field tied the score 2-all.
San Diego, which broke a six-game losing streak with Friday
night’s 7-1 win over Arizona, has lost 10 of 12. The Padres have
the majors’ worst record at 18-36.
Arizona added another run in the eighth inning after Luke
Gregerson allowed Montero’s leadoff double and walked two batters
to load the bases. Alex Hinshaw replaced Gregerson and walked
J.J. Putz pitched the ninth for his 12th save in 15 chances
after retiring pinch-hitter Jesus Guzman on a line drive with
runners at first and third.
The Diamondbacks failed to fully capitalize on San Diego starter
Edinson Volquez’s wildness.
The Padres right-hander walked consecutive batters to open
innings in both the second and fourth innings. But Arizona managed
to score just one run.
In the fourth, Montero and Chris Young walked to start the
inning. An infield single by Josh Bell loaded the bases before
Hudson’s sacrifice fly gave the Diamondbacks a 1-0 lead.
The Padres took the lead in the bottom of the inning after Will
Venable led off with a bunt single and stole second. Cameron Maybin
followed with an RBI single and took second on the throw home
before he scored on Yonder Alonso’s single.
Volquez, near the top of the list for most walks allowed in the
majors, allowed two runs on four hits over six innings. He walked a
season-high five and struck out five.
NOTES: In his last four starts, Volquez has received just three
runs of support but has also walked 15. … C Yasmani Grandal made
his major league debut for San Diego as a defensive replacement in
the eighth inning and flew out in his only at-bat. … Arizona LF
Jason Kubel made his first start since returning from the paternity
leave list on Friday. … Padres closer Huston Street (strained
right lat) is getting closer to coming off the DL. Street, who
threw nine pitches in one perfect inning of his first rehab
appearance Friday night with Class-A Lake Elsinore, will throw
again there on Sunday. Black said Street could be back with the
Padres as early as next week. . Arizona SS Stephen Drew was
scheduled to play nine innings on Saturday in an extended spring
training game after playing seven innings on Friday. It would mark
the first time Drew has played in consecutive games since starting
his rehab. Drew broke his right ankle last July and has been out
since then. . Diamondbacks RHP Trevor Cahill (2-5, 3.96) will pitch
the series finale against Padres LHP Eric Stults (1-1, 2.92) on