The Arizona Diamondbacks needed eleven innings to do it, but the club pulled out a 4-2 road victory over the San Diego Padres on Tuesday night behind the heroics of Chris Young. With the win, Arizona is 4-0 on the season, their best start in franchise history. The Padres are now 1-4 in 2012.
Trevor Cahill made his first start with the D-backs and was effectively wild, working through six innings of one-run ball. He allowed just two hits on the night and struck out five, but six walks kept him on a tightrope for most of the night. Brad Ziegler struggled in his appearance, but the rest of the relievers out of the bullpen all pitched very well to keep Arizona in the game.
Edison Volquez pitched well for the Padres, going seven innings while striking out eight. He allowed just two early runs on five hits and three walks.
Paul Goldschmidt drove in two runs in the first inning with a double. The Padres scratched across one run in the third and seventh innings.
With the game tied in the 11th, Gerardo Parra was hit by a pitch from Craig Breslow to start the inning. Young came up to the plate and belted a ball to left field, just clearing the deep left field wall at Petco Park. The D-backs then handed a 4-2 lead to closer J.J. Putz, and after a leadoff single from Yonder Alonso, Putz set down the next three batters in order.
The two clubs will meet again on Wednesday. First pitch is set for 3:35 p.m.