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Diamondbacks-Padres Series Recap: Not Again

By Matt Maerowitz

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The Arizona Diamondbacks finished off a four-game series with the San Diego Padres yesterday. Unfortunately, the Diamondbacks got blown out and ended up only winning one game of the series.

The D-Backs played Games 1 and 2 close: losing the first 4-1 (with the game tied up until the 6th inning) and winning Game 2 by a score of 2-1. Then game Game 3, which was another story all together as the Snakes got pummeled in a 12-2 loss. Unfortunately, they could not recover in Game 4 and lost 3-2 in extra innings.

If it is any consolation, D-Backs 1B Paul Goldschmidt is in contention for the National League MVP. He did not have an outstanding performance in this series but at least managed to keep his hitting streak alive.

What We Learned:
What a Play! Alexi Amarista is an impressive SS fielder. A lot of his defense plays during this season do not acknowledged in the box score, but they were quite impressive. For example, in Game 3, Goldschmidt hit a booming grounder that seemed sure to get past the infield; yet Amarista made a diving play and quickly dished it off, which ended in a double play.

Blown Opportunity:
In Game 4 bottom of the 11th, A.J. Pollock loses sight of a ball hit deep into the outfield. This really should have been an out, but was scored as a ground-rule double. The Diamondbacks ended up losing shortly thereafter.

Honorable Mention: The third base umpire blew a call in the top of the sixth of Game 2 by ruling Adam Eaton out at third. Had he stayed on, this would have scored an additional run with Paul Goldschmidt’s subsequent home run. Of course, the Diamondbacks ended up winning this game in extra innings.

Arizona now has an 80-79 record and now have to win their series against the Washington Nationals to finish the season above .500. A series loss would be devastating and could put Kirk Gibson on the hot seat. Diamondbacks fans have been almost equally split on what the greatest need is going forward: offense, starting pitching, or relief pitching.

Arizona squares off against the Nationals later today at 6:40pm.