Sedona Red Recap: D-backs’ win streak ends at 13 after loss to Padres
PHOENIX, Ariz. — It had been 16 days since the Arizona Diamondbacks last tasted defeat, and 33 days since Patrick Corbin found himself on the wrong side of the win-loss column.
Both streaks, a franchise-record 13-game winning streak and personal season-best five-start winning streak, ended on Friday.
Nothing lasts forever, right?
And who had the San Diego Padres, of all teams, in the streak(s)-ending pool?
The Padres scored the game’s first eight runs and hung on for a 10-6 series-opening victory in front of an announced crowd of 27,988 at Chase Field.
Manuel Margot led the Padres 14-hit attack with three hits and a career-high four RBI. Jose Pirela and Jordan Lyles—yes, the starting pitcher—had two RBI, while Erick Aybar and Yangervis Solarte each drove in a run.
Much of the Padres’ damage was done against Corbin (13-12), who after three scoreless innings ran into trouble in the fourth, when he was tagged for six runs, all with two outs.
The Padres scored twice more in the fifth, sending Corbin to the showers after one of his shortest outings of the season.
Corbin lasted only 4.1 innings, allowing eight runs on 11 hits, six of which were extra-base hits, with three walks and three strikeouts. Of the 77 pitches he threw, 46 went for strikes.
Corbin had not lost since Aug. 6 and not lost at home since July 9.
The D-backs, meanwhile, failed to shake hands at the end of a game for the first time since Aug. 23.
J.D. Martinez and Rey Fuentes both homered in the loss.
Lyles (1-2) pitched well enough to earn the win in just his second start with the Padres. He went five innings, allowing four runs on six hits with no walks and six strikeouts. At one point, he retired 13 straight.
The Padres have won two in a row.
Just your standard K-2-3/3-2 inning-ending double play. That’s how the D-backs finished the third inning. With one out and Margot on third base, Pirela swung and missed for strike three. The ball, however, got away from Chris Herrmann. After looking the runner back, Herrmann threw to first for the second out. On the throw, Margot took off for home and Daniel Descalso fired the ball back to Herrmann who applied the tag for out No. 3.
It wasn’t until the fourth inning when the D-backs finally got on the scoreboard. With two outs, Fuentes hit a two-run home run, scoring Herrmann who had singled in the at-bat prior. Fuentes unloaded on a 3-2 fastball—clocked at 92 mph—and deposited the baseball into the pool area just beyond right field. It was his third homer of the season and his second pinch-hit homer of his career; the first coming earlier in the year, July 18 at Cincinnati.
So now 19 of Martinez’s 39 hits in a D-backs uniform have gone over the fence. And in only 43 games. Martinez blistered a 95-mph fastball from Jose Valdez over the right-field fence for a two-run home run, scoring Jake Lamb who had doubled in a run in the at-bat prior. The home run, Martinez’s 35th overall this season, highlighted a four-run sixth inning in which the D-backs sent 10 men to the plate, scoring four times to make it an 8-6 ballgame.
Play with fire enough times you’re going to get burned. Corbin had escaped scoring threats in each of the first three innings, but not the fourth. After two quick outs, the next seven batters reached base safely with Lyles (first-pitch, broken bat single), Margot (triple) and Pirela (single) each driving in a pair of runs. The six runs allowed were four more than Corbin had allowed over his previous five starts, a run of 35.2 innings.
The last 11 batters Corbin faced—between the fourth and fifth innings—all reached base. There were eight hits, including three for extra-bases, and two walks plus a fielder’s choice. Combined, the Padres went 5-for-6 with runners in scoring position. The six-run fourth was followed by a two-run fifth (Solarte and Aybar RBIs). The eight total runs were the most allowed by Corbin since an eight-run outing at Colorado on May 6.
In what was his 63rd appearance of the season, Andrew Chafin surrendered two runs in two-thirds of an inning. Pitching in the seventh, and with the score 8-6 Padres, Chafin issued a walk, hit a batter and allowed a single. With two outs, he was removed from the game in favor of J.J. Hoover to pitch to the right-hand hitting Margot. Bad move. Margot hit a 0-2 fastball into center field for a two-run single, extending the Padres lead to 10-6.
STAT OF THE GAME
10: The 10 Padres runs were two more than they had scored in the entire four-game series prior against St. Louis, and they were their most runs across home plate since Aug. 22, when the dropped 12 at the Cardinals.
HE SAID IT
“I just felt like we didn’t have great flow on the mound tonight,” manager Torey Lovullo said. “Unfortunately, Patrick got nicked up in the one inning, gave up a big inning and a big crooked number and we couldn’t really recover from that.”
Corbin threw a first-pitch strike to 14 of the 25 batters he faced; in addition, he reached a three-ball count five times.
Lamb and Ketel Marte each recorded two hits; Marte is batting .367 (11-for-30) with one walk in his last eight games.
Paul Goldschmidt once again was not in the starting lineup; he’s now missed five straight games due to a sore elbow. Lovullo said after the game he was available and he expects him to start Saturday barring anything unforeseen.
With a first-pitch temperature of 92 degrees and the threat of rain, the roof and panels remained closed for the game.
The game was broadcast live on the official MLB Facebook page, the second time the D-backs have been featured.
It was Coyotes Night, and as part of the pregame activities, center Derek Stepan threw out the ceremonial first pitch.
With wins in each of his past two starts, Zack Godley looks to move his record back above .500 should he defeat the Padres in game two of the three-game weekend series on Saturday, Sept. 9.
Fellow right-hander Jhoulys Chacin stands in the way.
First pitch is scheduled for 5:10 p.m. with pregame coverage beginning 40 minutes earlier on 98.7 FM, Arizona’s Sports Station.
Godley (7-7) has beaten both the Dodgers and Rockies; the latter most recently in Colorado, where he limited the Rockies to one run on three hits in six innings. He walked six, a season-worst, and struck out seven.
Twice already Godley has faced the Padres this season, earning a no decision and suffering a 5-1 loss back in May.
For his career, Godley is 1-1 with a 4.05 ERA in four starts against the Padres.
Meanwhile, Chacin (12-10) snapped a two-start losing streak in his most recent appearance. He scattered five hits over seven innings with a season-high tying eight strikeouts to beat the Dodgers, 6-4.
Chacin is 1-1 versus the D-backs this season and 6-4 with a 3.27 ERA over his nine-year career.
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