Diamondbacks 6, Padres 0
Trevor Cahill pitched his best game yet with the Diamondbacks
and Gerardo Parra got some extra encouragement to hit a big home
Cahill threw a six-hit shutout and Parra went deep after an
elderly female fan touched his bat for good luck to help the
Arizona Diamondbacks beat the San Diego Padres 6-0 on Sunday
”I don’t know if she was a D-back fan, but I think she is
now,” Parra said.
Before Parra went to bat in the sixth inning against Eric, an
elderly woman in the front row shouted out a word of encouragement.
He went over and told her to touch his bat for good luck.
Parra also told her if he got a hit, she could keep the bat.
After he connected on a 2-1 fastball to give the Diamondbacks a 6-0
lead, he retrieved the bat from the bat boy and gave it to the
He said he looked for her before his last at-bat in the ninth
but she was gone.
Paul Goldschmidt and Miguel Montero also homered to help Cahill
in his second career shutout and complete game. His other came with
Oakland on Aug. 2, 2010 in a 6-0 win against Kansas City when he
threw a three-hitter.
Arizona backed the sinkerballer with four double plays.
”Defense helped out a lot,” Cahill said. ”I got some ground
balls at guys. I tried to attack the zone because they have
aggressive all series, so I tried to take advantage of that.”
Cahill, born and raised in Vista about 40 miles north of San
Diego, won for the first time in six starts, striking out five and
Manager Kirk Gibson applied a little more pressure, too. He
walked into the clubhouse after Saturday night’s game and
”I told him we needed him to go eight innings,” Gibson
”I was kind of caught off guard. It kind of scared me a little
bit. He was trying to see how I responded. I kind of went,
Cahill’s effort followed the outstanding eight-inning outing by
Daniel Hudson in Saturday night’s 4-2 win.
”We’re going great this time through the rotation,” Gibson
said. ”This is what we were looking for. We were wearing out our
bullpen. It’s time for them to be able to go deep in the
Goldschmidt hit a solo homer to extend his career-best hitting
streak to 12 games, during which he has hit four of his six home
runs. Montero and Parra each hit two-run homers and Arizona won for
the third time in four games to salvage a split of its six-game
Goldschmidt’s homer to right field in the second inning barely
carried to the top of the scoreboard where it caromed into the
stands to give Arizona a 1-0 lead.
Montero’s two-run blast to center capped a three-run sixth in
which San Diego’s sloppy play contributed to the first run. Parra
connected a after a leadoff walk in seventh.
San Diego, which has the majors’ worst record at 18-37, has lost
11 of 13.
Cahill faced the Padres for the second time in career. Acquired
from Oakland during the offseason, Cahill made his Diamondbacks
debut in San Diego on April 10. Even though he didn’t get the
decision in a 4-2, 11-inning win, he allowed just one run in six
The Padres squandered their best scoring chance after a leadoff
triple by Logan Forsythe in the fifth. With one out and Stults at
bat, Forsythe took off down the third-base line on what appeared to
be a squeeze.
But on a high fastball that was away and out of the strike zone,
Stults squared to bunt but he never made an attempt. Forsythe was
tagged out easily by Montero, the catcher.
”It was kind of up and away and I pulled back a little bit,”
Stults said. ”I’ve still got to make an effort at that. That was
Stults (1-2) allowed all three home runs and gave up a
season-high six runs on seven hits over 6 1-3 innings. The lefty
struck out four and walked two.
NOTES: Cahill was 1-5 with a 4.69 ERA in his previous eight
starts. . San Diego CF Will Venable left the game in the third
inning after straining a right oblique muscle. . Padres LF Carlos
Quentin was out of the lineup for the first time since he made his
season debut on Monday and started all five games since coming off
the DL. Quentin, hitting .474 with three homers and seven RBIs, had
right knee surgery on March 19. . Diamondbacks RF Justin Upton was
back in the lineup after getting Saturday off following a 3-for-20
slump over the previous five games. … Arizona SS Stephen Drew,
out since July with a broken ankle, played all nine innings in
extended spring training game on Saturday, playing consecutive
games for the first time in his rehab. . LHP Joe Saunders (3-3,
3.61 ERA) opens Arizona’s three-game series at home Monday night
against Colorado and LHP Christian Friedrich (3-1, 5.59). . RHP
Anthony Bass (2-5, 3.42) will be on the mound Tuesday night when
the Padres host San Francisco and RHP Tim Lincecum (2-6, 5.82) in
the opener of a three-game set.