Dave Rice 6:30 p.m., March 24
Diamondbacks take series over Padres
The Arizona Diamondbacks got some timely hitting as Jason Marquis was shaky, and the Padres dropped the series to the Snakes
Jason Marquis is the first to admit that he still hasn’t found his stride, in spite of coming into Sunday’s game with the Arizona Diamondbacks with a 6-2 record. And as of Sunday evening, Marquis is still looking to find his game after the Diamondbacks outlasted the Padres 5-4.
While Marquis wasn’t saddled with the loss, he allowed 4 runs on 7 hits and 4 walks in only 3 1/3 innings before getting yanked. “Today, it just looked as though he couldn’t get anything going as far as making back-to-back pitches. There was a couple of at bats where I thought he did a nice job, but overall, he was just a little bit uncomfortable the entire day,” said manager Buddy Black.
It appeared that Marquis struggled in finding his release point. Many pitches were high or else in a zone up where he didn’t want them, and also Marquis bounced several pitches in at times, seemingly uncontrollably.
After falling behind 4-1, the Padres came back to tie the game, thanks in part to Carlos Quentin’s 2-run home run in the fifth inning. “As it turned out, we got the big home run by [Quentin] to get us even, and then from there it just became a very close game,” Black said.
In the bottom of the fifth, the Diamondbacks went back ahead when Arizona starter Patrick Corbin helped his own cause driving in a run off of Padres reliever Tommy Layne. They added another run in the seventh inning when Martin Prado doubled in an insurance run. Prado was 4 for 4 on the day.
In the Padres eighth, Kyle Blanks doubled in a run to get it closer, but the Padres were out of rallies. Blanks, Quentin, and Chris Denorfia had two hits each on the afternoon, while Jedd Gyorko, Nick Hundley, and Yonder Alonso each had a hit.
“It’s just one of those games where we made a little run at them, they made a run at us, they got a couple of good key hits, we didn’t get the key hit,” said Black.
All games today will pause at 3 PM local time for National Moment of Remembrance, which Major League Baseball has participated in since 1997. So if you see a lack of movement on the screen at 3 PM, don’t adjust your set.
Monday begins the 2013 Vedder Cup, as it’s often referred to by many fans and sportswriters with their tongues in their cheeks. When MLB began interleague play back in 1997, the league office announced what they considered as natural rivals playing yearly. Mets – Yankees, Cubs – White Sox, Cardinals – Royals, all make sense as natural rivals. San Diego – Seattle doesn’t, but who is anyone to argue with Commissioner Bud Selig? So, in order to make sense of the natural rivals aspect of a San Diego – Seattle matchup, some folks discovered the link. That would be Eddie Vedder of the band Pearl Jam. Vedder was playing in a San Diego band at the time he got together with a couple of Seattle musicians and then Pearl Jam was born. Hence, the Vedder Cup, which this year will take place over four games – two in Seattle and then two in San Diego.
First leg of the Vedder Cup will feature Clayton Richard (0-4, 8.54) returning from the disabled list, going up against former Padres pitcher Aaron Harang (1-5, 8.58) for the Mariners. First pitch is scheduled for 1:10 PM PDST, heard on 1090 AM or seen on Fox Sports San Diego.
More like this:
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- Padres roll Diamondbacks again and get to even — June 16, 2013
- Mariners get split with Padres in final Vedder Cup game of series — May 30, 2013
- Vedder Cup closer to remaining in San Diego as Padres down Mariners — May 29, 2013
- Padres hang on to beat Diamondbacks — May 4, 2013