Huge First Dooms Padres In Series Finale


May 28, 2014; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Members of the Arizona Diamondbacks celebrate after beating the San Diego Padres 12-6 at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

Last night is one the Padres would like to forget. Right from the get go, the Diamondbacks took a big lead and never looked back.

To say Tim Stauffer struggled would be a massive understatement. He only faced 8 batters, but 6 of them got hits and one walked. He did have one strikeout in the middle of the horror show, but nobody will remember any positives from a start that lasts just 1/3 of an inning.

At the end of the first, the Padres were in an 8-0 hole. It didn’t get any better in the 2nd when Martin Prado would add 2 more runs to the lead with a home run, but after that, Donn Roach settled in and pitched well for the next 3 1/3 innings.

On offense, the Padres actually had a very good night and the charge was led, yet again, by Tommy Medica. The young slugger homered for the second straight night and ended the game just a single shy of the first cycle in Padres history. He’s the second Padre to do so in 2014, the other being Seth Smith. All in all, the Padres’ offense was able to muster 6 runs, which for an offense of this caliber is pretty impressive. Unfortunately for them it was 6 runs short of the D-Backs.

The Padres luck out and get an off day right after they taxed their bullpen, but they’ll be back in action on Friday, where they’ll take on the Chicago White Sox in the Windy City. For Game 1, Ian Kennedy (3-6, 3.59 ERA) will be matched up against John Danks (3-4, 4.90 ERA). Hopefully the Padres can avoid allowing double-digit runs, and then maybe they’ll have a shot at winning. First pitch is scheduled for 5:10 PDT.