Padres Get Enough On Offense, Take Series Finale
Jun 29, 2014; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Padres starting pitcher Odrisamer Despaigne (40) pitches against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports
The offense wasn’t good, but it was good enough for the Padres, as they rode two runs to a 2-1 victory over Arizona. San Diego was out-hit by the Diamondbacks 5-4, but they made their four hits count.
Odrisamer Despaigne made his second career start, and dominated. Arizona however, would strike early. A Miguel Montero single to left field scored Ender Inciarte as the D-Backs took an early 1-0 after one inning.
Despaigne settled down and only allowed three more hits over the rest of his 6 2/3 innings, but the Padres offense continued to struggle. San Diego went 1-2-3 in both the first and third innings, striking out each time in the third. Finally, they were able to break through in the bottom of the fourth. A Chase Headley walk jumpstarted a rally, culminating in a Cameron Maybin double that scored Headley from second. Alexi Amarista‘s sacrifice fly brought Tommy Medica home as the Pads took a 2-1 lead.
Each team’s offense sputtered throughout the rest of the game. A pair of two-out singles from Arizona forced Despaigne out of the game, but Kevin Quackenbush came in to replace him and then proceeded to strike out pinch-hitter Roger Kieschnick. San Diego looked to add some cushion to their lead, but they only hit over the rest of the game came on a Denorfia single in the seventh.
However, the Padres only needed 24 at-bats to beat the D-Backs, as Huston Street came into the game in the ninth and retired all three Arizona batters. Street completed his 21st save, and is 21-21 for the season.
Despaigne goes to 2-0 in his young career, and has a .066 ERA thus far.
A new series opens up tomorrow, as Jesse Hahn will take on the Cincinnati Reds and former Padre Mat Latos.