National League Game Summary - Arizona at San Diego|
(Friday, June 14th)
Final Score: San Diego 2, Arizona 1
San Diego, CA (Sports Network) - Eric Stults threw a two-hitter for his first
complete game since 2009 as the San Diego Padres edged the Arizona
Diamondbacks, 2-1, to begin a three-game set.
Logan Forsythe had the go-ahead, two-out, two-run single in the sixth inning,
as the Padres posted their fourth straight win.
Stults (6-5) walked one batter and had three strikeouts in his third career
complete game. He also made some key plays in the field.
"I thought it was a masterful performance," Padres manager Bud Black said.
"He was outstanding, the mix of pitches. The wide range of velocities keeps
the hitter off balance and disrupts their timing."
Trevor Cahill (3-8) equaled a career-high with 10 strikeouts over 5 2/3
innings, but lost his fourth straight decision.
"He was pretty darn good. It was just the sixth. You can't fault anybody for
one inning or one hitter," Arizona acting manager Alan Trammell said.
The Diamondbacks were without manager Kirk Gibson. He was among several
individuals suspended for the on-field incidents that occurred during
Tuesday's Diamondbacks-Dodgers game.
A sacrifice fly from Cody Ross in the first inning accounted for the only
offense for the Diamondbacks, who lost for the fourth time in six games.
Gerardo Parra doubled to start the game, and with one out Ross lifted a fly
ball to left that scored Arizona's run.
Stults had to dodge line drives and comebackers to the mound on a few
occasions. He had a pair of assists in the sixth inning, and in the bottom
half the Padres went in front thanks to clutch hitting.
Alexi Amarista walked and Chase Headley was hit by a pitch before Carlos
Quentin dribbled a ball up the third-base line for an infield single to fill
the bases with no outs. Kyle Blanks and Will Venable went down swinging, but
Forsythe lined a 3-2 pitch to left-center field.
After intentionally walking Yasmani Grandal, Trammell removed Cahill in favor
of Will Harris, who struck out Stults.
Stults retired 16 of his final 17 batters. Willie Bloomquist singled with one
out in the ninth, but Paul Goldschmidt flied out to right and Ross grounded
into a force play.
The Padres won on a night the team celebrated their 1998 NL championship. A
total of 17 players and two coaches took part in a pregame ceremony ... The
Padres reinstated reliever Huston Street from the 15-day disabled list and
optioned pitcher Tommy Layne and outfielder Jaff Decker to Triple-A Tucson ...
San Diego acquired infielder Pedro Ciriaco from the Boston Red Sox ... Cahill
threw 117 pitches, 13 more than Stults ... Gibson received a one-game
suspension and Arizona pitcher Ian Kennedy got a 10-game penalty. Diamondbacks
infielder Eric Hinske received a five-game suspension.
06/15 00:57:49 ET