Caleb Smith falters but bats come alive as Diamondbacks beat Padres 8-5.
Caleb Smith struggled at Petco Park tonight. He gave up 5 earned runs in 1 and 1/3 innings of work. He walked SIX batters tonight as his control had disappeared faster than the Flash could run. Luckily, the Diamondbacks had a secret Peacock waiting to arrive.
However, the hero of the day Matt Peacock came in and pitched 4 and 2/3 innings tonight along with a key 2-out 2-RBI single in the the fourth inning to put the Diamondbacks up. Matt gets his 5th win of the season to make him 5-6 on the season. He allowed three hits and had four K’s. He also stole a base.
Sean Poppen got his first save as a Diamondback pitching two late innings to seal the win. Pavin Smith, Carson Kelly, Ketel Marte, and Nick Ahmed each had two hits on the evening. Nick had a double and drove in three runs tonight. Meanwhile, Ketel, Pavin and Christian Walker drove in one run each respectively.
Conversly, for the Padres, Trent Grisham had a two-run homer off Caleb Smith. Jake Cronenworth also drove in two runs as well. Ryan Weathers, the starting pitcher for the Padres, allowed six earned runs and seven hits in only three-plus innings of work. He gets the loss and his record goes to 4-4 on the year. Craig Stammen couldn’t stop the bleeding as he gave up two more runs in the fourth inning.
The Diamondbacks record moves to 35-76 while the Padres move to 62-49. It’s awesome to see the guys bounce back from a bad start and win the game. This is the mentality and spirit that we love to see from the Diamondbacks.
Tomorrow, the Diamondbacks take on the Padres again as Taylor Widener takes the mound for the Dbacks against Yu Darvish. Widener is 1-1 with a 5.05 ERA. Yu is 7-6 with a 3.48 ERA. Let’s try to win the series tomorrow Dbacks!