It was another game in which the offense was stifled. Fans may be able to take solace in the fact that the Diamondbacks’ bats struggled yesterday too, but the Padres were on their way to their second shut-out in five games until Chris Denorfia stepped to the plate in the eighth. With one swing of the bat, Deno changed that helped the Padres to the 2-1 win.
Cory Luebke struggled in the first inning walking four batters and allowing Arizona to take the early 1-0 lead. He would settle down and went 5 1/3 innings, gave up four hits, didn’t allow another walk, and struck out five. However, the Padres offense couldn’t figure things out against Joe Saunders. Saunders went seven innings of four-hit ball. He did not allow a run and struck out four. It wasn’t until David Hernandez came into the game that the Padres finally had their chance.
In the bottom of the eighth, Cameron Maybin walked with one out. With his speed on first, it was clear that Hernandez was paying a lot of attention to Maybin. Maybin didn’t try to steal though. He let Denorfia work the count until he got a pitch to hit, and boy did Deno hit it. Denorfia blasted a pitch to dead center field, a place most balls go to die. However, night hadn’t fully crept in yet an the air wasn’t as thick which allowed Denorfia’s ball to just clear the center field wall taking Chris Young‘s glove with it.
The Padres collected just five hits in the game, but they gave up only five hits as well. The win puts San Diego at 2-4 on the season with game three of the series with the Diamondbacks scheduled for 7:05 PT tonight. Anthony Bass should get his first start of the season with both Dustin Moseley and Tim Stauffer on the disabled list.