D-Backs fall to Padres
The Diamondbacks failed to repeat Monday night’s victory against the Padres at Chase Field Tuesday night, falling to San Diego 3-4. Dominance of the scoreboard bounced back and forth between the two teams throughout the night before San Diego took the final lead in the 8th inning.
The D-Backs were the first to put points on the board, as Martin Prado nailed a homer in the bottom of the second inning. The Padres were quick to answer Prado and the Diamondbacks with 3 runs in the top of the third, however, tying up the game and eventually taking a lead that would go unanswered for two scoreless innings.
Arizona worked to tie up the game, with Paul Goldschmidt scoring off a Miguel Montero double in the 6th, and Cliff Pennington off a Gerardo Parra single in the 7th, for a short-lived tie game that was answered yet again the Padres in the following inning. Tommy Medica nailed a home run to yet again secure a San Diego lead in the Top of the 8th.
Although they managed to keep the lead to one run after that, the D-Backs struggled to put points on the board throughout the bottom of the ninth. In the end, Arizona fans sat on the edge of their seats as Parra stepped up to home plate and struck once, twice, three times to seal the Padres’ victory.
Tonight wasn’t the worst night for the Diamondbacks, however, who are now 21-33 this season. One highlight that stands out in particular is pitcher Wade Miley’s career-high 11 strikeouts, becoming, as the D-Backs were proud to announce on their official Twitter account, the first lefty since Randy Johnson six years ago to achieve the number in Arizona.
The D-Backs and Padres return to Chase Field Wednesday night at 6:40 PM.