The Arizona Diamondbacks took the San Diego Padres to the perverbial woodshed in a 20-5 win at Chase Field in Phoenix last night.
The Padres took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first, when Arizona starter Robbie Ray's 3-2 pitch was slammed down the left field line and over the fence by Wil Myers. That lead would be very brief, as the D-Backs put five up of their own and never looked back. David Peralta singled in Jon Jay to get the D-Backs on the board. Daniel Descalso doubled in Paul Goldschmidt and Jake Lamb to give the home team the lead for good at 3-2. Nick Ahmed singled in Peralta and it was 4-2. Alex Avila followed with a single, that scored Descalso on what was a 42 pitch inning for Padres starter Tyson Ross to make it 5-2.
Arizona picked it right up in the second inning adding three more runs. David Peralta added his second of five hits on the night scoring Jake Lamb, and it was 6-2. Steven Souza Jr. recently back from the DL, connected on a blast to left center to make it 8-2. Ross (5-7) took the loss and was pulled after the second inning, being replaced by Kazuhisa Makita, who went two innings as well.
Wil Myers hit his second of three home runs in the top of the third to make it 8-3. Nick Ahmed sneaked a ball just over the left field fence to make it 9-3. Paul Goldschmidt reached on a force attempt thsat led to a Padre error, scoring Robbie Ray, and it was 10-3. Peralta singled in Goldschmidt to make it 11-3 after just three innings.
Another solo home run, this time by Padres' Jose Pirela cut the D-Back lead to 11-4, and Arizona manager had seen enough, pulling starter Robbie Ray with just two outs shy of being able to pick up the win. Randall Delgado (1-0), came in and finished the fourth and fifth innings to pick up the win. Arizona came up with more production in the bottom tf the fourth. Jon Jay knocked in Daniel Descalso and it was 12-4. Paul Goldschmidt slammed a three run homer over the right center fence, and the lead incresed to 15-4.
After a completely quiet fifth inning, the D-Backs got back at it as Alex Avila homered to right, and it was 16-4. Wil Myers responded in the top of the seventh with his third and final home run of the night, and it was 16-5. Avila said, "Physically I feel great it was great to get back into the game, fireworks and all".
After a celebratory seventh inning stretch by the home town faithful, it was back to work as the D-Backs added three more runs. Nick Ahmed's bases loaded walk scored Jake Lamb. Avila singled in Descalso, followed by a John Ryan Murphy walk to close the inning and a 19-5 lead. Ketel Marte came up as a pinch hitter in the bottom of the eighth and promptly hit a homerun into the right field seats to put an exclamation point on a club record 20 runs. Peralta finished with five hits and three RBIs. Avila and Descalso garnished three hits a piece, with Avila adding three RBIs and two for Descalso. Goldschmidt went 2-3 with the three run homer before being pulled from the game in the fifth. Jon Jay finished with two hits and an RBI.
Manager Torey Lovullo said, "I feel it was a collective effort, everybody had quality at bats through the course of the night. I thought we were very patient against Ross." The win improves the D-Backs record to (50-40), while the Padres fall to (38-53). The final game of the four game series is set for 1:10pm today, with Zack Greinke (9-5) 3.36 ERA, going up against Clayton Richard (7-8) 4.46 ERA.