Upton homer powers Padres past D-backs
SAN DIEGO -- Justin Upton homered with two outs in the eighth inning to give the San Diego Padres a 3-2 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday night.
Upton hit the first pitch he saw from Randall Delgado (0-1) into the seats in left. It was his third this. Upton also homered in a 5-1 win Tuesday against the D-backs.
Jordan Pacheco did a nice job behind the plate in his first start there since June 1, 2014, his last game with Colorado before he was obtained by the D-backs. Pacheco threw out Wil Myers attempting to steal second base to complete an inning-ending double play in the third. Pacheco has 37 career starts behind the plate.
18 -- assists by A.J. Pollock in the last two-plus seasons after throwing out Derek Norris at the plate by 10 feet. He had eight each in 2013 and 2014.
* Upton has not minded facing his former team. Upton his hitting .377 with five homers and 12 RBI in 15 games against the D-backs. "I try to torment every team," Upton said. "It doesn't matter which one." In his first game back in Chase Field on May 13, 2013, he hit a 400-plus foot homer to dead center field for Atlanta. This latest homer came off Delgado, one of the five players the D-backs received in that deal. "It was a little up, a mistake," Delgado said of the fastball Upton hit. "Obviously I paid for it."
* Paul Goldschmidt is an equal opportunity producer in NL West. With his home run off Brandon Morrow in the first inning, he has nine homers against San Diego, nine against Colorado, 10 against San Francisco and 15 against the Dodgers. He is hitting .298 in his career against the West, with a four-game set at the Giants coming up. He had hits Nos. 500 and 501 on Wednesday, and the fan who caught his homer on No. 500 swapped it out for an autographed ball after the game. Is 500 hits a big deal? "Honestly, no," he said. "I wouldn't have known unless somebody said something to me. We're trying to get wins, and we weren't able to do it tonight." He has played in 471 games.
* Efficient Chase Anderson posted the D-backs' third quality start of the season, giving up two runs on 88 pitches in six innings. A bloop double down the right field line led to the Padres' second run in the sixth inning. "Everything comes off the fastball, and I threw a lot of fastballs today," Anderson said. "It worked out really well. I was just trying to give up a chance to win."
* Yasmany Tomas saw sliders and only sliders in his first major league at-bat as a pinch-hitter against Brandon Morrow. Tomas took the first two for strikes, watched the third one bounce outside, and grounded the fourth to second base for the last out of the seventh inning.
Dave Stewart said he could talk all day about Jackie Robinson, who was honored when all major league players wore his No. 42 Wednesday. "Some people see Jackie Robinson as just a man who broke down the color barrier to get into baseball, but he's actually served as a good role model in life, in different barriers and different actions in this world," Stewart said. "If we get back to strictly the baseball portion of it, where would I be had that not happened? How far would we have progressed if that had not happened? When would Willie Mays have gotten his opportunity? Hank Aaron? Don Newcombe? Bob Gibson? His representation for us as people, how he handled the different situations, adversity, is just tremendous. I'm not too sure that I myself would have done what he did under the circumstances ... Baseball serves as a smaller community of what happens in our world. As the world progresses, hopefully things get better."