Pads Blow Past Zona in Finale

By Nicholas Valenzuela

The San Diego Padres used a big five-run seventh inning to blow past the Arizona Diamondbacks 8-2 in the finale of the three-game series on Sunday afternoon.

San Diego got on the board first in the bottom of the second inning when Cameron Maybin doubled to left field to score Carlos Quentin and put the Pads on top 1-0. They would add a second run when shortstop Andy Parrino hit a sacrifice fly to left field to score Jesus Guzman and extend the San Diego lead to 2-0.

Arizona responded in the top of the third inning when Jason Kubel grounded out to first base to score Adam Eaton from third to cut the lead to 2-1.

The Padres extended their lead in the bottom of the sixth inning when Chris Denorfia continued his offensive explosion against Arizona this season by hitting a solo home run to left field, extending the lead to 3-1.

San Diego would produce a lot of offense in the bottom of the seventh inning when Chase Headley hit a grand slam to right field, plating four runs and extending San Diego’s lead to 7-1. They added another run off Carlos Quentin’s solo home run.

Gerardo Parra would add another run in the top of the ninth inning on a ground out to second to cut the lead to 8-2, but that wouldn’t be enough to overcome the overwhelming San Diego lead.

Arizona rookie starter Patrick Corbin had a decent start, allowing six hits and three earned runs over 5.1 innings pitched. He was on the unfortunate end of an underperforming offense on the evening.

Arizona has a day off Monday before opening up a three-game series against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday. Arizona starter Ian Kennedy will take the mound in game one of the series on Tuesday.