National League Game Summary - San Diego at Arizona|
(Thursday, September 20th)
Final Score: San Diego 6, Arizona 5
Phoenix, AZ (Sports Network) - Jesus Guzman hit a three-run homer and the San
Diego Padres held off the Arizona Diamondbacks, 6-5, to avoid a three-game
Logan Forsythe, Chris Denorfia and Chase Headley added an RBI apiece for the
Padres, who had 11 hits.
Clayton Richard (14-12) gave up four runs on eight hits over six innings to
win his fifth consecutive decision. He is a brilliant 6-0 lifetime versus the
Adam Eaton and Aaron Hill hit solo homers for Arizona, which sits 5 1/2 games
behind St. Louis for the second wild card berth in the National League. The
Cardinals beat the Astros on Thursday.
Tyler Skaggs (1-3) allowed four runs on seven hits over five innings. He
walked three and struck out two.
The Padres put a three-spot on the board in the first inning. With two outs,
Headley walked and Yasmani Grandal singled. Guzman followed with a homer to
left field to make it 3-0.
"He (Skaggs) gets an 0-2 count on Guzman. He tries to waste a fastball, throws
it right where he doesn't want it. That is a live and learn deal," D'backs
manager Kirk Gibson said.
Hill's solo homer to left in the bottom half cut the gap to two.
San Diego tacked on another run in the second. Richard reached base on a
fielder's choice and raced home on Forsythe's double to left-center field.
But Arizona got the run back in the fourth after Justin Upton doubled and
scored on Chris Johnson's two-out single.
Each team scored a pair of runs in the sixth. Andy Parrino got the top half
started with a single, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt and crossed the
plate on Denorfia's double to right. Headley's RBI double to left field gave
San Diego a 6-2 lead.
Upton hit a one-out triple in the bottom half and scored on Paul Goldschmidt's
single. Goldschmidt advanced to second on a wild pitch and raced home on
Johnson's single to left, making it a 6-4 contest.
Eaton's first career homer in the seventh cut the gap to one.
Arizona had a golden opportunity to win the game in the ninth. Johnson singled
to left, pinch-hitter Ryan Wheeler reached base on second baseman Forsythe's
error and pinch-hitter Jason Kubel walked to load the bases with no outs. But
the home team failed to capitalize. Pinch-hitter Mike Jacobs popped out, Eaton
grounded into a fielder's choice and Hill struck out swinging.
"This is one of those where if you would have told us or the Diamondbacks that
it would come down to five pitchers in the ninth (inning) and in a one-run
game and still end up winning you would say you were crazy, but baseball is a
funny game that way," Padres manager Bud Black said.
San Diego went 11-7 against Arizona this season ... Anthony Bass, who was the
fifth San Diego pitcher in the ninth, recorded the final out to pick up his
first save in the big leagues.
09/20 19:17:52 ET