McCarthy, Goldschmidt lift DBacks over Padres 6-1
Brandon McCarthy chalked up his recent struggles to mechanical
After earning only two wins with the Arizona Diamondbacks this
season, McCarthy consulted video and worked with pitching coach
The result was one of his best outings of the season.
McCarthy turned in seven strong innings, and Paul Goldschmidt
drove in two runs to lead the Arizona Diamondbacks to a 6-1 victory
over the San Diego Padres on Monday night.
After a shaky first inning, the 6-foot-7 McCarthy (3-8) allowed
only four runners over his final six innings. It was his first win
since he beat San Diego on May 28. His other victory was a shutout
at Miami on May 18.
”I felt I carried my weight, and nice to see a positive
result,” McCarthy said. ”I never felt that strong this season and
went back to watch video from before I went on the disabled list
last season. I saw some mechanical issues, made a few adjustments,
and am satisfied with the results.”
McCarthy lasted only into the third inning in his previous
start, a 10-7 loss to the Reds. He allowed seven runs and eight
hits in 2 1-3 innings.
Goldschmidt stretched his NL-leading RBI total to 103 with his
first triple of the season and a ground out. He has the most RBIs
for an Arizona hitter since Luis Gonzalez drove in 104 in 2003.
After Will Venable and Alexi Amarista opened the game with
singles, Yonder Alonso hit a grounder wide of first. Goldschmidt
fielded the ball and threw to second to force Amarista, but
shortstop Didi Gregorius’ throw to first was wide and beyond
McCarthy, who was covering the bag. Venable scored the unearned
But that was all the Padres would get against McCarthy and Eury
De La Rosa, who pitched a perfect final two innings.
”The story was we couldn’t get any runs,” Padres manager Bud
Black said. ”I thought (starter Tyson Ross) was fine.”
Between the first inning and when he left the game, McCarthy
allowed a one-out single in the third to Venable, a two-out single
in the fourth to Chase Headley and a two-out single to Ross (3-7)
in the fifth. He hit Jedd Gyroko with a pitch with two out in the
”I didn’t think I threw all that bad in the first inning,”
McCarthy said. ”I just followed (catcher) Miguel Montero’s lead
and didn’t shake him off one time.”
Though his pitch count was 58 through four innings, McCarthy was
more efficient in the later innings. He threw 93 pitches in seven
Adam Eaton was hit by a pitch to open the fourth, and
Goldschmidt hit a twisting drive into the right field corner that
hit off the fence.
Martin Prado then followed with a sacrifice fly to give Arizona
a 2-1 lead. Prado’s grounder to third with the bases loaded in the
sixth was booted by Headley. Two more runs scored to make it
Prado has hit in 11 of his last 12 games for a .361 average, and
has driven in 19 runs in that stretch.
”I’m taking advantage of the situation,” he said. ”I had a
difficult course over the first few months and it’s good to get
going this way.”
In the seventh, Goldschmidt grounded into a force play with the
bases loaded, scoring Aaron Hill.
NOTES: Former Arizona right-hander Ian Kennedy faces his former
teammates for the first time Tuesday night. In his four starts with
San Diego, Kennedy is 2-1 with a 3.20 ERA. The Arizona starter is
undecided. … The Padres had won five of their past six games at
Arizona. . Padres CF Reymond Fuentes made his major league debut
and went 0-for-3 with a strikeout. … The crowd of 16,871 was the
Diamondbacks’ smallest at home this season.