Since I began writing for venomstrikes, there has been one team that has given the Arizona Diamondbacks all kinds of issues. That would be the San Diego Padres who went 11-7 against the Snakes in 2012 and 12-7 against them last year. In 2014, it has been a different story. The D’backs just defeated the Padres two out of three games this weekend at Chase Field and are now 8-4 on the year vs. the Friars.
Josh Collmenter got the ball rolling on Friday night as he pitched 8 1/3 fabulous innings as Arizona prevailed 5-1. Collmenter gave up an unearned run and struck out a career-high eight batters to improve to 9-7. Miguel Montero smacked his 13th home run of the season while David Peralta laced his 7th triple, a stat he in which he finds himself among the league leaders. On Saturday, Vidal Nuno once again deserved a better fate as he is still searching for his first D’backs’ victory. He was brilliant for seven innings, allowing only a single hit. He departed with one out in the eighth with two runners on. Oliver Perez then allowed Nuno’s former teammate, Yangervis Solarte, to tie the game with a two-run single. However, in the bottom of the eighth, Didi Gregorius‘s three-run shot gave the Snakes a 5-2 victory. Also of note in this game was the first Major League homer off the bat of Jake Lamb.
Chase Anderson went for the sweep on Sunday but he just may have hit the proverbial rookie wall. He allowed four earned run in five innings as San Diego salvaged the series with a 7-4 win. Ex-D’back Ian Kennedy got the win but wasn’t great as he went 5 2/3 innings and allowed three earned runs. Snakes’ rookie Matt Stites gave up his first two runs since August 6th when he surrendered a two-run home run to Will Venable in the eighth inning. Cliff Pennington smacked his second long ball of the season in the bottom of the frame. Lamb had another hit on the day; this three game set was best series so far. He went 4 for 9 with 4 runs scored and 2 RBI’s.
After an off day for Arizona, the Los Angeles Dodgers come to town Tuesday evening for a two game series. Trevor Cahill gets the start with first pitch scheduled for 6:40 PM MST.