Delgado, D-backs dominate Padres in 10-0 rout
PHOENIX (AP) -- Randall Delgado tried almost too hard to make the Diamondbacks' rotation in spring training, tossing out mechanics as he overthrew.
A stint in the minors did wonders for the young right-hander, giving him the strike-throwing foundation that's allowed him to pitch so well since being called up.
Pounding the strike zone with his fastball and getting San Diego's hitters to chase his changeup, Delgado tossed a three-hitter for his first career shutout and the Diamondbacks pounded out 17 hits in a 10-0 rout of the Padres on Friday night.
"This is what he's been building up toward," manager Kirk Gibson said.
The D-backs gave Delgado plenty of support, roughing up Eric Stults (8-9) with six runs the first three innings and seven extra-base hits.
Aaron Hill had a pair of run-scoring doubles before leaving with a tight right hamstring, A.J. Pollock added a two-run single and Martin Prado had two of Arizona's six doubles.
Delgado (3-3) helped himself by adding a pair of singles, becoming the first Diamondbacks pitcher with a shutout and a multihit game since Randy Johnson on Sept. 14, 2003, against the Rockies.
"I thought he pitched really well tonight," Padres third baseman Chase Headley said. "They beat us in every aspect tonight, and sometimes that happens."
One of the top pitching prospects in the Braves' minor league system, Delgado arrived in with Prado over the winter in the six-player deal that sent outfielder Justin Upton and infielder Chris Johnson to Atlanta. Delgado failed to make the rotation out of spring training and opened the season at Triple-A Reno, where he worked on his mechanics and his strike-throwing mentality.
Since being called up in June, the 23-year-old Panamanian has been a solid addition to the D-backs' staff, having allowed three earned runs or fewer in all eight starts.
Delgado worked 5 2/3 scoreless innings his last start, a 3-1 win over the Giants, and was even better against the Padres. Everth Cabrera lined his first pitch of the game for a single, but the right-hander retired nine straight until Nick Hundley's leadoff double in the fourth. Delgado then stranded him at second and retired 10 straight before walking Yonder Alonso with one out in the seventh.
Right fielder Gerardo Parra made a spectacular catch against the fence to rob Will Venable of an extra-base hit to end the seventh, and shortstop Didi Gregorious made a diving grab for the game's final out, helping Delgado extend his scoreless streak to 14 2/3 innings.
Delgado struck out three, walked one and threw 70 strikes in 100 pitches for his first complete game in the majors.
"This is a key for the pitchers -- throw a lot of strikes, try to be ahead in the count," Delgado said. "That helped so much today. I was just trying to keep the ball down, throw a strike and see what happens after that."
Stults had pitched well in his previous three starts, allowing five earned runs in 21 innings, and he tossed a two-hit shutout his last start against the D-backs on June 14. But the Diamondbacks roughed up the left-hander right away Friday.
Hill drove in a run with a double in the first inning, then scored on Prado's run-scoring single. In the second inning, Cliff Pennington scored from first when Hundley, San Diego's catcher, threw wildly to first on Delgado's sacrifice bunt, and Hill followed with his second RBI double before leaving for precautionary reasons.
The Diamondbacks scored two runs again in the third inning, the first on Wil Nieves' run-scoring single up the middle through a drawn-in infield and the second on an RBI double by Pennington that made it 6-0.
Ross added a run-scoring single in the fourth inning off Stults, who allowed seven runs -- five earned -- on 11 hits and struck out five.
"I didn't give us a chance to win from the start," said Stults, winless in his last five road starts. "The first inning, to give them the two runs, then in the second inning to not come out and give us a shutdown inning, that was tough."
Ross led off the seventh inning by hitting Colt Hynes' up-in-the-zone 0-2 pitch off the foul pole in left for his sixth homer, and Pollock made it 10-0 with his two-run single.
That was more than enough for Delgado.
NOTES: D-backs C Miguel Montero missed his fourth straight game with a stiff back and is still day-to-day. ... Alonzo went 0 for 3 to end an 11-game hitting streak at Chase Field, the second-longest by a Padres player. ... LHP Tyler Skaggs, who will start Saturday against San Diego, is 0-1 and has allowed nine earned runs in eight innings in two career starts against the Padres. ... Padres RHP Andrew Cashner, Saturday's starter, has not allowed a home run in eight straight starts.