National League Game Summary - San Diego at Arizona|
(Friday, May 24th)
Final Score: Arizona 5, San Diego 2
Phoenix, AZ (Sports Network) - Paul Goldschmidt's two-run double capped a
five-run seventh inning, and the Arizona Diamondbacks defeated the San Diego
Padres, 5-2, in the opener of a three-game series at Chase Field.
Wil Nieves, Martin Prado and A.J. Pollock drove in one run apiece for the
Arizona starter Brandon McCarthy (2-3) allowed one run on five hits and two
walks over seven frames. Heath Bell escaped trouble in the ninth to notch his
"I try to throw as many strikes as I can, and whatever I have that day just
let it go into each pitch and sometimes it works and sometimes the other team
will punish you if you're not on your stuff," McCarthy said. "But more often
than not, if you just have conviction and just keep trying to do it, luck will
favor you a little bit."
Everth Cabrera hit a solo shot and Yonder Alonso had an RBI for the Padres,
who have lost three straight. Starter Eric Stults (4-4) was tagged for four
runs on six hits and two walks in 6 1/3 innings.
"I made the pitches I wanted to make, but I didn't get the results you
normally get when you make your pitch," Stults said. "You have to give them
credit, they hit some good pitches. Overall, I just came up short."
Carlos Quentin doubled to lead off the second and scored on a single by
The Diamondbacks mustered just three hits before finally scoring in the
seventh. Miguel Montero hit a ground rule double off Stults to begin the
inning. Prado followed with a double to right, scoring Montero. Two batters
later, Cliff Pennington drew a walk and pinch-hitter Nieves put Arizona in
front, 2-1, with a double to center.
Dale Thayer came in to relieve, but he allowed a single by Pollock, scoring
Pennington. Joe Thatcher replaced Thayer. Didi Gregorius bunted towards the
pitcher, but Nieves was thrown out at the plate. Thayer was replaced by
Anthony Bass, who gave up a double to Goldschmidt, plating Pollock and
Cabrera's solo shot started the eighth. Quentin doubled with two outs, but
Alonso popped out to center to end the frame.
Bell came to pitch in the ninth. Will Venable reached first on a bunt and
Alexi Amarista, pinch-hitting for Nick Hundley, drew a walk with one out.
However, Bell got Mark Kotsay to fly out and Cabrera to ground out to end the
Gregorius has reached base safely in 13 of 14 games against NL West opponents
... Goldschmidt has 38 RBI, tied with Troy Tulowitzki for second-most in
the National League ...Gerardo Parra was caught stealing for the seventh time
this season, most in the majors.
05/25 03:26:31 ET