Walter Mencken 6:15 p.m., Feb. 28
Padres falter and drop one to the Diamondbacks
What started as a tight game got a little sloppy and Arizona topped San Diego
The Padres went to Arizona on Monday and simply failed to contain the Diamondbacks, losing 6-1 while playing some generally sloppy baseball. It didn’t help that the Friars didn’t seem capable of getting the bat off of their shoulders, either.
Tyson Ross is a promising project, but he didn’t pitch so swell in the first game of a short road trip, giving up six runs (four earned) on seven hits and two walks in six innings. Ross started out well enough but the game got away from him.
In the first inning, the Padres got a run on a ground-out by Yonder Alonso, after Will Venable and Alexi Amarista opened with back-to-back singles, but that was the extent of the offense for the visitors. Diamondbacks starter Brandon McCarthy basically shut the Padres down, allowing only the one unearned run (shortstop Didi Gergorious threw the ball away on Alonso’s ground out) in seven innings.
In the bottom of the fourth inning, Ross hit Adam Eaton with a pitch and then Paul Goldschmidt tripled Eaton home. Martin Prado hit a sacrifice fly an out later, plating Goldschmidt, and the Diamondbacks took the lead for good.
Prado did it again in the bottom of the sixth, driving in two runs with a single to left field. And in the seventh, after Ross allowed a double and a walk, Colt Hynes came in and it turned in to a good mess.
Hynes threw a wild pitch and put runners on second and third base with no outs, and then intentionally walked the bases full. An error by catcher Nick Hundley allowed one run to cross, and then a ground-out let another runner cross home plate, and that was more than Arizona needed.
Before the game, Reymond Fuentes was called up and then made his major league debut in center field. He went 0 for 3 with a strike out. Fuentes was part of the deal that sent Adrian Gonzalez to the Boston Red Sox in 2010 for Fuentes and Anthony Rizzo, Casey Kelly, and Eric Patterson.
Also, Brad Brach was sent back down to AAA Tucson and Anthony Bass was recalled from that same club. Bass came in Monday in relief and gave up a hit and a walk over one and two-thirds innings. Jaff Decker was sent back down to Tucson.
On the upside, Will Venable continues to impress. He was 2 for 4 on Monday and has raised his average to .274 on the season. Venable leads the team in home runs and appears to have come into his own at last. This will bode well for next season if the Padres can internally fill a hole in the outfield.
Tuesday, the Padres will try to even things up against the Diamondbacks. The Snakes will offer up a pitcher plucked fresh out of AA, David Holmberg, a lefty. Holmberg was originally drafted by the White Sox, and has been in the Diamondbacks organization since 2010. He sports a fastball in the low nineties with good cutting action against right-handed hitters and a good curve ball, so we’ll see. He’ll face former Diamondbacks starter Ian Kennedy (2-1, 3.20). Game time is 6:40 PM PDST, heard on 1090 AM and seen on Fox Sports San Diego.