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Dbacks Walk All Over But Padres Run and Take Opener

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The Dbacks started their weekend series against Padres on the wrong foot, dropping their opener 4-2. Arizona wasn’t able to muster any type of offense beyond the heavy amount of walks they received early on in the game. San Diego didn’t exactly overpower either, but a little bit of small ball on their end was enough to push them through.

In what has become a common trend in Dbacks games, scoring came early and in the 1st inning. It was San Diego that jumped out to the head start. After a rare fielding error by Paul Goldschmidt, a Yonder Alonso double handed the Padres a 1-0 lead.

The Dbacks drew 5 walks within the first three innings and in the 3rd, they were able to capitalize. Goldy’s RBI single brought in two runs and turned the table on San Diego. In the bottom of that inning, Cory Spangenberg reached with a single and managed to steal 3rd. An errant throw to the base led Spangenberg to waltz on home and tie the game at 2.

Jun 26, 2015; San Diego, CA, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt (44) hits a two RBI single during the third inning against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

In the 5th inning, Spangenberg (again) reached base, this time with an infield single. He (again) stole a base, this time 2nd base. He (again) scored without a base hit, this time a sacrifice fly. Spangenberg’s small ball play pushed the Padres past the Dbacks to the tune of a 3-2 lead. After this moment, scoring ceased to exist.

That is until the 9th inning, where the Padres took advantage of another Dbacks misplay, extending their lead to 4-2. The San Diego bullpen was absolutely flawless and Craig Kimbrel was able to notch his 19th save.

Robbie Ray (2-3) produced another quality performance, going 6 innings and allowing 3 runs (2 earned) while striking out 5. Tyson Ross (5-7) was (sort of) on his game tonight. He also went 6 innings and allowed 2 runs while striking out 7. However, he walked 5 hitters before reaching 3 innings. Ross was able to shut things down after that 3rd inning.

Players of the Game

  • Cory Spangenberg (SD) 3-for-3, 2 R, 2 SB
  • Yonder Alonso (SD) 2-for-4, 2B, RBI
  • Paul Goldschmidt (ARI) 1-for-4, 2 RBI

Arizona (35-38) and San Diego (36-40) will do it again on Saturday.

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