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Losses at this point in the season are damaging when trying to stay alive for a postseason berth, and the Arizona Diamondbacks suffered a crushing defeat at the hands of the San Diego Padres, 6-5, Thursday afternoon at Chase Field.
The Diamondbacks had the bases loaded with no out trailing by one, but could not push even the tying run across home plate.
A three-run home run by Jesus Guzman with two out in the first inning off D-backs starter Tyler Skaggs put the home team in a hole early, and Arizona never made up the deficit.
The Diamondbacks made it 3-1 on Aaron Hill's 23rd home run of the season, a solo shot in the bottom of the first. Arizona mounted another threat in the fourth, but a double play destroyed any chance of a big inning although Chris Johnson hit a two-out single to drive in a run and make the score 4-2.
Justin Upton came a home run away from hitting for the cycle and continued his hot hitting of late. He tripled to lead off the home half of the sixth and scored on a single by Paul Goldschmidt to make it 6-3.
Adam Eaton hit his first major-league home run in the seventh to make it 6-5, but the Padres' bullpen made the lead stand.
The Diamondbacks (74-75) had a three-game winning streak snapped and fell 5 1/2 games behind the St. Louis Cardinals for the second and final wild card spot.
Next up for Arizona is a three-game series in Colorado against the Rockies.
The Arizona Diamondbacks seem to have finally solved the San Diego Padres after losing the first six games of the season at home against the Padres. Arizona has won the last two, both during the current series, and goes for the sweep Thursday afternoon in weekday matinee baseball at Chase Field.
The Diamondbacks have a chance to effectively knock the Padres out of the NL wild-card chase. San Diego came to Phoenix still alive for the second spot, but two losses to the Diamondbacks have them eight games behind St. Louis while the D-backs are only 4 1/2 game behind the Cardinals.
1. CF Adam Eaton
2. 2B Aaron Hill
3. RF Justin Upton
4. 1B Paul Goldschmidt
5. C Miguel Montero
6. 3B Chris Johnson
7. SS Cody Ransom
8. LF A.J. Pollock
9. LHP Tyler Skaggs
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Th young pitcher is just too stubborn to benefit from the experience in the majors right now.
Justin Upton doubled and scored twice, rookie Adam Eaton tripled and drove in a run and starter Trevor Cahill pitched six strong innings, as the Arizona Diamondbacks rallied to defeat the San Diego Padres 4-2 on Wednesday night.
The Padres put two runs on the board with two out in the fourth inning. Cahill had walked Carlos Quentin and Yonder Alonso. They were both driven in with consecutive hits by Will Venable and John Baker.
But Arizona would get one back in the bottom of the inning when Justin Upton and Miguel Montero hit back-to-back doubles to lead off the inning. Montero would be left stranded at second when Volquez got Paul Goldschidt and jason Kubel to fly out and struck out Ryan Wheeler.
They would take a 4-2 lead in the bottom of the fifth. John McDonald singled to lead off the inning and Cahill sacrificed him to second. Adam Eaton then picked up his first big league RBI when he tripled to left-center. Eaton would then immediately score when Edison Volquez balked. Then, with two outs, Upton doubled for the second time, Montero was hit by a pitch and Paul Goldschmidt doubled home Upton.
Arizona got two insurance runs in the bottom of the eighth, when Ryan Wheeler tripled home Miguel Montero, who was hit by a pitch, and then scored himself on a throwing error on the play.
Cahill would come out after six innings, having allowed five hits and two runs, striking out four and walking four.
Padres starter Volquez pitched six innings in a losing effort, falling to 10-11 on the season. He allowed four runs on eight hits, striking out five.
Cahill picked up the win, improving to 12-11.
The two teams will play Thursday afternoon, with Arizona trying to sweep the series.
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The Arizona Diamondbacks announced on Wednesday prior to their game against the San Diego Padres that they made two more final September call-ups to the major leagues. Since the team's Triple-A affiliate Reno won their championship, the parent club recalled outfielder A.J. Pollock and selected the contract of first baseman Mike Jacobs. Pitcher Trevor Bauer was not called up.
Pollock was brought up because of his success in the minors and also to give the team more options in the outfield and on the basepaths. Centerfielder Chris Young is still troubled with a quad injury and is not available to start. Manage Kirk Gibson said that Young might be able to be used as a pinch hitter late in the game, but if he reached base safely he would probably have to be lifted for a pinch runner.
Jacobs was brought up to be another lefty bat off the bench and also the team has not technically had a backup first baseman to Paul Goldschmidt. Ryan Wheeler has been the backup, but is primarily a third baseman.
The one thing that most people want to know about the minor league call-ups is whether Trevor Bauer will join the big league club. He will not.
"I just think with Trevor we just looked at his innings, 150-160 with the playoffs and it's been a different type of year," said Gibson. They decided as an organization to let him rest and recuperate after a successful year. In his time in the minors, Bauer went 12-2 with a 2.42 ERA and 157 strikeouts in over 130 minor league innings. "We thought he had a very good year," said Gibson. "He might be our minor league Pitcher of the Year."
There was also the issue of playing him at all. The team wasn't going to move anyone out of the starting rotation and, according to Gibson, if the team needed someone, Josh Collmenter deserves the start, and the team wasn't going to throw him out of the bullpen.
There are likely other reasons to do it as well, as there have been questions about his readiness and maturity. His first stint in the majors was rough. In addition to the very valid reasons given, it will serve as a message to the young pitcher that he still has things to work on. And there is nothing wrong with that.
Here are tonight's starting lineups:
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Cahill (11-11, 3.92 ERA) allowed just two runs on four hits over seven innings of work en route to a 3-2 victory over the Dodgers in his last start. He is 1-2 with a 2.55 ERA in four starts against the Padres this year.
The Padres will counter with Edinson Volquez (10-10, 4.24), who has won three of his last four starts. Volquez gave up three runs in 5.2 innings in his last outing on Sept. 11 in a 6-4 victory over the Cardinals. He is 1-0 with a 2.70 ERA in three starts against Arizona this season.
Arizona is currently 11.5 games behind the Giants in the NL West, and is 4.5 games behind in the NL Wild Card race.
First pitch is set for 6:40 p.m. PT with coverage on Fox Sports Arizona and KTAR 620 AM.
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A bizarre sequence occurred in Tuesday night's Diamondbacks victory over the San Diego Padres. Chris Young had finally returned to the regular lineup after injuring his right quadriceps muscle, but before anyone knew it, he was gone again.
That is because in the first inning, on the first batter, Young was forced to leave the game after re-injuring his previous wound. Everth Cabrera hit a deep fly ball to center field, which Young was able to track down. But in the process, he apparently tweaked his quad again. That made way for Gerardo Parra to enter the game to take his place.
"I was a little bit surprised, more disappointed than anything. It was more frustrating than anything, but I just got to try and get it right," Young said after the game.
D-Backs manager Kirk Gibson discussed the injury and could tell right away that something was up with his veteran outfielder as soon as he made the catch. "You could see it tighten up, I had to get him out of there," Gibson said. "We thought we were beyond that, you try to simulate it. He's run the bases, he hasn't experienced that [running in the outfield]... It cramped up on him, you could tell."
The team may make a move to try and replace Young in the lineup and give the outfield some more depth, according to Gibson. "Reno won tonight, so might retrieve somebody from there as well," Gibson said. With the Reno Aces taking home another championship, a player such as A.J. Pollock might be an option.
According to both Young and Gibson, re-injuring his quadriceps muscle has had just as much of an effect as when he injured it the first time. Last time he injured it, Young was out of the lineup for more than two weeks. But with only 15 games left in the regular season, one has to wonder if Young will see anymore field time this season. He certainly hopes he does.
When asked about possibly not getting another start, Young seemed somewhat concerned. "It's getting late in the year and we tried to push it today and it didn't work out. I just kind of have to see day by day how it feels and try to test it again."
The odd thing is, many have speculated that Young will no longer be a Diamondback once 2013 rolls around. The team may try to move his contract with Adam Eaton already in the Majors and A.J. Pollock nearing another call up as well. Young's future is quite hazy, but for now, he is going to try and do everything he can to help his team win.
"I'll probably go back to the role that I was doing," Young said of his previous pinch hitting designation. "I'll just continue root teammates on and be ready for any kind of situation that comes up my way where I can still get a bat and try to change a game that way."
Sadly enough, that might be the last role Young sees during his days as a member of the Arizona Diamondbacks.
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The Arizona Diamondbacks knew they were up for a challenge when the San Diego Padres came to town. Winners of 8 of their last 10 games, the Padres looked to take 9 of their last 10 against the Diamondbacks. With Eric Stults on the mound (6-2, 2.56 ERA), their chances were looking pretty good.
The game began with an odd turn of events when Everth Cabrera hit a deep fly ball to center field. Chris Young traveled back towards the wall and made the grab, but appeared to injure himself in the process. Gerardo Parra promptly replaced him and Adam Eaton shifted to center field. According to many reports, Young re-aggravated his quadriceps.
Ian Kennedy seemed somewhat affected by the odd sequence of events. He proceeded to give up a hit to Logan Forsythe and allowed Chase Headley to walk with just one out. Yasmani Grandal's infield base hit loaded up the bases. A sacrifice fly to left field from Yonder Alonso gave the Padres a quick 1-0 lead.
Paul Goldschmidt knotted the game at one a piece after singling to right field, scoring Adam Eaton from second base. With Goldschmidt on first, Miguel Montero followed with a gapper to right field, sending Goldy all the way around and giving the D-Backs a 2-1 lead. All of the Diamondbacks' scoring in the first inning was accomplished with two outs.
Although he got his pitch count up fairly early, Kennedy managed to slow the game down after the first inning. The bad news for Arizona was that Eric Stults was able to mirror Kennedy at every turn. There were no runs scored from the second through the fourth inning.
In the bottom of the fifth, Montero hit his second double of the game, this one off the wall in center field. That double plated Justin Upton all the way from first base, giving the Diamondbacks a comfortable 3-1 lead.
A single and error to start the ninth put a little scare into the Diamondbacks. With Chris Denorfia on third, Will Venable managed to hit a sac fly, plating Denorfia and making the score 3-2 with D-Backs closer J.J. Putz on the mound. That would be all San Diego would get, though, as Putz ran through the rest of the batters with ease, giving the Diamondbacks a win and Kennedy his 14th win of the season.
Kennedy lasted 8 innings, giving up 7 hits, 1 earned run, walking two and striking out six. His ERA now stands at a respectable 4.08. He hurled a total of 121 pitches in the game.
Arizona has now won 2 of their last 10 games against the Padres and will look to continue their streak on Wednesday night with Trevor Cahill on the mound.
The Arizona Diamondbacks will look to build off of Sunday's 10-2 win over the N.L. West-leading San Francisco Giants when they play the first of a three-game series against the red hot San Diego Padres at Chase Field on Tuesday night.
The Diamondbacks will send right-hander Ian Kennedy (13-11, 4.21) to the mound. He's 3-1 with a 3.52 ERA in his last five starts, and is coming off a stellar outing against the Los Angeles Dodgers in which he threw 7⅓ shutout innings and surrendered just four hits.
The Padres will counter with left-hander Eric Stults (6-2, 2.54), who is 3-0 with a 2.67 ERA in his last five starts for the Padres, winners of eight of their last 10 games.
The lineups for Tuesday night's game are as follows:
San Diego Padres
First pitch on Tuesday night is slated for 6:40 p.m. PT, and the game will be televised on Fox Sports Arizona
The Arizona Diamondbacks, looking to keep their playoff hopes alive, open up a crucial midweek series against the San Diego Padres on Tuesday, hoping to climb back into the race. The last time Arizona faced the Padres, they took 1 of 3 games at Petco Park. Both teams are on respectable hot streaks right now, with Arizona winning 6 of their last 10 and San Diego taking 8 of 10. The Padres have taken 8 of the past 9 games against the D-Backs.
Manager Kirk Gibson recognizes the struggles his team has had against San Diego this season and hopes to change that tonight. "They're not the same team as they were at the beginning of the year," Gibson admitted. "The trades that they've made, they've had great impact on their squad. Their middle infielders, they've changed both [of] those guys out and it makes them way better. They got [Carlos] Quentin back. [Chase] Headley has had an incredible year."
Also of note is that Chris Young returns to center field tonight. He is coming back from a quadriceps injury and his return means rookie Adam Eaton will shift to left field. Justin Upton remains in right. Gibson mentioned that he wanted to get Young in the game before Monday's off day, but he decided to give him the extra time off instead. "CY (Young) gives us a little bit more power in there," Gibson said. "He gives us a little bit more athleticism, a little bit more speed out there."
Meanwhile, Willie Bloomquist's status is up in the air. He may be a few days away from a comeback, but at this point in the season, the D-Backs may just opt to shut him down until 2013. Gibson stated that they have not discussed that scenario, but he didn't rule out the possibility, either. He admitted that the Diamondbacks have "missed him" in the lineup.
Here are tonight's lineups:
Everth Cabrera (SS)
Logan Forsythe (2B)
Chase Headley (3B)
Yasmani Grandal (C)
Yonder Alonso (1B)
Chris Denorfia (RF)
Will Venable (CF)
Jesus Guzman (LF)
Eric Stults (P, 6-2, 2.56)
Adam Eaton (LF)
Aaron Hill (2B)
Justin Upton (RF)
Paul Goldschmidt (1B)
Miguel Montero (C)
Chris Young (CF)
Chris Johnson (3B)
John McDonald (SS)
Ian Kennedy (P, 13-11, 4.21)
The Arizona Diamondbacks host the San Diego Padres in a battle of teams holding on to improbable Wild Card hopes.