I was actually in attendance at this game (more to come on that in a later post), but my presence clearly did not help the Padres’ fate. The Diamondbacks scored early and held on to an 8-7 victory. The Padres, once again, showed signs of life not he offensive side of things, but their pitching also gave up a little too much offense to the other side.
Yonder Alonso showed the stroke that has so many in the Padres organization excited. He laced a two run double in the fifth inning. Before that, Orlando Hudson had a two-run home run in the fourth. After trailing 3-0 leading into the fourth, the Padres scored three in the bottom of the fourth and three in the bottom of the fifth to take a 6-3 lead. They couldn’t hold it though.
Henry Blanco started off the scoring for the Diamondbacks with a two-run home run in the second off Tim Stauffer. The Dbacks tacked on another run in the third off an Aaron Hill double. Then the Padres held Arizona scoreless until the eighth.
The Diamondbacks rallied for two runs in the eighth and three runs in the ninth to take the lead back and ultimately win the game.
Cameron Maybin still has not collected a hit, but he walked and scored a run. Chase Headley, in his return from back tightness, went 1 for 2 and scored a run. Caros Quentin raised his batting average to .444 after going 1 for 2 with a RBI.
Tim Stauffer struggled in his second start of the spring. He went two innings, gave up five hits, three runs, and one walk. Daniel Hudson for the Diamondbacks was solid. In his three innings of work, Hudson did not allow a baserunner. He also struck out three. Brad Boxberger was charged with the blown save for the Padres. He pitched in the ninth, gave up three hits, and allowed three runs to score. Boxberger has struggled mightily this spring. He has a 30.86 ERA in 2.1 innings pitched, and has given up 8 runs.