Padres @ Dbacks: Arizona throws back to days of old


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Perhaps the two days of rain awoke a fire from within for the Arizona Diamondbacks. After the Diamondbacks bats were hot against the Colorado Rockies in yesterday’s double header, they were equally hot in the opening of the four game set against the San Diego Padres.

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On the first throwback night of the season, the Diamondbacks wore the classic white vests with the purple shirt underneath. They played like those teams of old too.

Rubby De La Rosa perhaps had his best outing as a member of the Diamondbacks yet as he allowed just three hits over seven shutout innings of baseball. He also struck out seven and just walked two on the night.

The story of the night however is the bats. Mark Trumbo continued to produce from the No. 2 spot in the lineup, hitting a home run, his fourth on the season. Paul Goldschmidt continues to stay hot and raised his average to .346 with another two hits on the night and he had his ninth home run of the season.

On a day where the Diamondbacks made news for bringing in Jarod Saltalamacchia to the organization, Tuffy Gosewisch answered the call and produced to show that he wants to be the guy every day behind home plate for the team. Besides calling another stellar game, Gosewisch went an amazing 3-4 at the plate with three doubles and four rbis.

Even more importantly for Arizona, they finally figured out Padres pitcher Odrisamer Despaigne, who had absolutely had the Diamondbacks number coming into tonight. The team charged eight runs to him and ten hits. It was good to see them bust through the slump that Despaigne had on them.

The Good: The offense and Rubby De La Rosa came together for a complete game and brought the Diamondbacks within one win of .500 as the club moved to 13-14. Arizona has played a lot of NL West opponents to start the season and has four series wins in their pocket against their division foes. To get a fifth this early would be huge, and taking the first game the way that they did is a big step forward.

The Bad: Nick Ahmed can’t hit and went 0-4 on the night as his average fell to .143. It’s no secret he has an amazing glove, but it would be nice if he could contribute somewhat at the plate whether it’s pick up some sacrifices or any way he possibly can. The glove won’t save his job forever at this level.

The Ugly: Nothing ugly about this one, just a night to rejoice.

Up Next: The Diamondbacks have a big chance to guarantee themselves a split of the series with a victory tomorrow. Taking the first two of a four game set would be huge, especially a good team like San Diego.

James Shields (3-0 3.72 ERA) vs. Jeremy Hellickson (1-3 5.20 ERA)

Shields has been good for San Diego while Hellickson has struggled for Arizona. It might be time Hellickson kicks it up a notch or his leash might get a little tight.

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