Diamondbacks Use 7-Run Second Inning For Series Win
By Thomas Lynch
Jun 21, 2015; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Jeremy Hellickson (58) throws during the third inning against the San Diego Padres at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports
The Arizona Diamondbacks sent 11 men to the plate in the bottom of the second inning, scoring seven runs and allowing Jeremy Hellickson to cruise to a 7-2 victory over the San Diego Padres. The win gave the series to the D’backs in their three game set at Chase Field and once again brings them to the doorstep of .500. The Padres actually outhit the Snakes 8 to 4 but two errors, two walks and a hit-by-pitch proved to be all the home team needed.
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Hellickson pitched six innings, allowing two runs on six hits while striking out a season-high seven. He picked up his fifth victory of 2015 and once again lowered his ERA below the 5 run mark. Andrew Chafin went three scoreless innings to register his first career save. For the Padres, Andrew Cashner lasted a season-low four innings, surrendering all seven runs with only three of them earned. For the season, Cashner has been victimized by 19 unearned runs.
On the offensive side, A.J. Pollock and Paul Goldschmidt delivered a pair of two-run singles. Both Pollock and Goldschmidt went 1 for 4, with Goldy now tied with Dee Gordon for the batting lead at .356. Hellickson was hit by a pitch to drive in a run while Nick Ahmed‘s fielder’s choice in which Padres’ catcher Derek Norris was pulled off home plate by a poor Will Middlebrooks throw allowed Jake Lamb to score the first run of the game.
Arizona is now 34-35 and have to wait an extra day to get to .500. They begin a six game road trip on Tuesday with a three game set in Colorado before seeing the Padres at Petco Park. San Diego is also off on Monday and will next go to San Francisco.