With just four games remaining, the Arizona Diamondbacks are limping toward the finish line. On Wednesday night, they suffered a 12-2 loss against the lowly San Diego Padres.
Randall Delgado struggled, suffering six runs on seven hits through five innings of work. He allowed two home runs and struck out four in the process. Facing his former team, Ian Kennedy got through seven innings, striking out seven and giving up just two runs on six hits. Since being dealt to the Pads’ on July 31, the 28-year-old is 4-2 in his 10 starts.
Ironically, the only D-Backs hitter to pick up an RBI was the pitcher – Delgado. In the top of the third while trailing 1-0, Gerardo Parra led off the inning with a double. After Chris Owings‘ groundout which moved Parra over to third, the 23-year-old stepped up the plate and ripped a single to center field, scoring Parra. It was just the second RBI of his young career.
Their next run actually gave them the lead. In the top of the fourth, after Paul Goldschmidt‘s double and Martin Prado‘s single which moved over Goldy to third, Kennedy balked, advancing the runners one base and sending the MVP candidate to home plate. After that, however, San Diego scored 11 unanswered runs.
The D-Backs play one more against the Padres on Thursday as they try to win the series, before hosting the Washing Nationals for three games to close out the season. The Snakes currently sit at 80-78, with four games remaining. To ensure a .500 season, they must win just one of those games.