Padres 7, Diamondbacks 1
After languishing as one of baseball’s worst offensive teams for
the first two months of the season, the San Diego Padres have
suddenly turned it around.
After barely making a dent against Arizona rookie Wade Miley
through seven innings, the Padres erupted behind Jesus Guzman’s
two-run pinch-hit homer that ignited a six-run eighth in the
Padres’ 7-1 win over the Diamondbacks on Friday night.
Although the Padres were coming off a horrendous road 1-9 road
trip, including losing the final six, they continued their
offensive onslaught from the final three games against the Chicago
Cubs at hitter-friendly Wrigley Field.
Guzman’s shot broke a 1-all tie as San Diego sent 11 batters to
the plate off three pitchers.
”I tried to look for something up that I could hit for a
double,” Guzman said. ”It’s very difficult because you have to
Guzman connected on a 1-1 changeup off Miley (6-2) into the
left-field stands that started the offensive frenzy.
”I thought a changeup was a good pitch,” Miley said. ”I left
it up a little bit and he capitalized. He’s a good hitter.”
The Padres, a team that ranks at or near the bottom in most
major league offensive categories, have scored 23 runs on 38 hits
over their last four games.
”It’s nice to see a lot of guys make contributions,” Black
said. ”I like the way we added on there in the eighth.”
San Diego had managed just three hits off Miley heading into the
eighth before Alexi Amarista reached on a one-out bunt single that
brought up Guzman.
Said Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson: ”He just made one
mistake. Give him (Miley) credit. The bunt to get on base. Now, you
have a situation. He hung a (changeup). After that it was
Chris Denorfia singled after Guzman’s homer and David Hernandez
replaced Miley. Denorfia then scored on Cameron Maybin’s triple.
After a walk to Yonder Alonso, Carlos Quentin singled in a run.
The Padres loaded the bases and scored two more runs on Nick
Hundley’s sacrifice fly and an error.
Quentin, who played in just his fourth game this season since
returning from knee surgery, is 8 for 16 with three homers, seven
RBIs and four runs scored.
Miley allowed four runs on six hits in 7 1-3 innings with four
strikeouts and no walks as his three-game winning streak was
”I thought I located well,” Miley said. ”Just that one pitch
that got away.”
Andrew Cashner (3-3) pitched the eighth for San Diego, which has
the worst record in the majors at 18-35.
The Diamondbacks went just 1 for 8 with runners in scoring
Arizona got on the board in the third inning on Miguel Montero’s
RBI single that scored Aaron Hill.
San Diego evened the score at 1-all in the bottom of the inning
after Amarista lined a one-out triple into the left-field corner
and scored on Richard’s ground out.
Richard allowed one run on seven hits in 6 2-3 innings. The
lefty struck out three and walked one.
The benches and bullpens emptied briefly in the eighth inning
after Chris Young drew a two-out walk off Cashner on a high, inside
Young apparently looked toward Cashner after he reached first
base. The two started walking toward each other and the benches and
bullpens emptied for about 30 seconds before the umpires directed
each team off the field.
”(Cashner) asked me what I was looking at,” Young said. ”I
was trying to pick up signs from Matty (third base coach Matt
Young attempted to steal second base and was thrown out by
Notes: Diamondbacks 1B Paul Goldschmidt extended his career-best
hitting streak to 10 games. Goldschmidt is hitting .429 (15 for 35)
with two homers and six doubles. … Miley reached safely on an
infield single in the seventh inning to extend his hitting streak
to eight games and set a club record for a pitcher. … Maybin
returned to the starting lineup for the first time since Saturday
when he sprained his right wrist. … Arizona LF Jason Kubel
returned on Friday after being placed on the paternity leave list
Wednesday. … Padres closer Huston Street began a rehab assignment
Friday night with Single-A Lake Elsinore. … Arizona RHP Daniel
Hudson (1-1, 5.48) will face San Diego RHP Edinson Volquez (2-5,
3.46) on Saturday night.