In the rubber game of the three-game series against the San Diego Padres (48-58), the Arizona Diamondbacks (54-51) struggled offensively and fell to the Pads’, 1-0. After winning Game 1 of the series 10-0, the D-Backs lost on Saturday by a score of 12-3 before losing on Sunday afternoon. Their offense was only able to muster up a total of three hits, wasting a superb performance from All-Star Patrick Corbin.
Corbin (12-2) allowed just one earned run through eight innings of work, striking out six while not walking a batter. The young-lefty recorded three straight wins before suffering Sunday’s hard-luck loss at Chase Field. Brad Zieglertook over pitching duties in the ninth inning, allowing one hit and striking out one.
Jul 28, 2013; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Patrick Corbin (46) pitches against the San Diego Padres in the first inning at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Stewart-USA TODAY Sports
While Corbin pitched well, Tyson Ross (2-4) matched him every step of the way. The 26-year-old pitched eight innings as well, not allowing a single run while striking out seven, walking one and giving up just three hits on his way to the victory. Huston Street pitched the ninth inning and earned his nineteenth save of the season.
The only run of the contest came in the top of the first. After two straight groundouts, third baseman Chase Headley tripled to right field. Left fielder Carlos Quentin stepped up to the plate next, and ripped a single to left field, scoring Headley. While it was not a lot of damage, it was all Ross and the Padres would need.
Eric Chavez‘s single in the bottom of the second and Cliff Pennington‘s triple and single were the only three hits that the Diamondbacks were able to manage. Pennington’s triple, however, came with no outs in the bottom of the third, yet Arizona was incapable of capitalizing on the situation.
Note: The Cincinnati Reds and Los Angeles Dodgers are currently tied in the bottom of the eighth, 0-0. As of now, the D-Backs sit two games back of the first place Dodgers, but that will change to either 1.5 games back or 2.5 games back, depending on the outcome. Updates to come.
Update, 4:30pm (MST): The Reds and Dodgers are in the bottom of the tenth, with the score still tied.
Update, 4:57pm (MST): Yasiel Puig hit a walk-off home run with two outs in the bottom of the eleventh. Dodgers win, 1-0. D-Backs now sit 2.5 games back of first place.