Padres Strike Late, Complete Sweep

By Nicholas Valenzuela

The San Diego Padres (33-50) overcame an early deficit to complete a three-game sweep of the Arizona Diamondbacks (39-42) with an 8-6 win on the 4th of July in front of a sold out crowd.

The Padres got on the board first with an RBI triple by Chase Headley, scoring Chris Denorfia and putting the team up 1-0 in the top of the first.

Arizona responded in the bottom half of the inning with a three-run home run by Jason Kubel, putting the Diamondbacks up 3-1.

San Diego would chip away at the lead in the top of the third inning when Yonder Alonso singled to right field, plating a run and cutting the lead 3-2. The would tie the score in the top of the fourth inning when Jason Marquis doubled to right field, scoring Everth Cabrera.

The Padres would take the lead in the top of the seventh inning with an RBI single  to center field by Alexi Amarista, scoring a run and taking the lead 4-3.

The D-backs fought back, tying the score at 4 with an RBI single by Willie Bloomquist, scoring Gerardo Parra.

Unfortunately for the home team, the Pads who have been very feisty throughout the series, would fight back and take the lead yet again in the top of the eight with a two run home run by Yasmani Grandal. They would add a couple runs in the top of the ninth inning and would go on to win 8-6.

The story of the series was the inability of either team to hold leads, giving up a combined 36 runs over a three game series. With the loss the Diamondbacks have lost their fifth straight game. They open up a very important three game series against the division leading Los Angeles Dodgers tomorrow evening in Phoenix.