By the Numbers: The D-backs’ weird weekend against the Padres
After 16 grueling innings on Sunday afternoon, the Arizona Diamondbacks ended the home portion of their first-half schedule with a loss to the San Diego Padres. It was a wild weekend for sure, as the team set a record for most runs scored in a game and tied the most innings ever played in franchise history.
The number of runs the D-backs scored on Saturday night, and the number of Padre hitters the D-backs struck out on Sunday afternoon. The D-backs’ pitchers were one short of the franchise record for strikeouts of 21.
Alex Avila’s batting average after going 3-for-3 on Saturday night in his return from the disabled list. Avila has been mired in a year-long slump but has homered in consecutive starts at catcher.
After scoring three runs in the first four innings of Sunday’s game, the D-backs were shut out the next 12 as the offense looked lost against a good Padre bullpen.
Zack Greinke made his 400th career professional start on Sunday afternoon, and it was his shortest out of the season only working 4 1/3 innings as he struggled with command. Greinke’s shortest start prior to Sunday was last August against the Twins.
Nick Ahmed, Steven Souza Jr. and Jake Lamb each went 0-for-7 on Sunday afternoon. Prior to Sunday’s game only four other D-backs in franchise history had gone 0-for-7 in a game.
Catcher Jeff Mathis is the first position player to take the loss on the mound this season. The last position player to be the losing pitcher was Darwin Barney with the Blue Jays. It was Mathis’ first time pitching since 2012 when he was on the Blue Jays. Mathis worked one inning on Sunday allowing his first career home run to Wil Myers and getting his first strikeout against Carlos Asuaje.
Sunday’s game lasted 16 innings tied the franchise record for longest home game, and it was the second longest game in terms of time at five hours and 31 minutes.
The number of series the D-backs have won prior the all-star break, tying the record set in 2002. The D-backs have a chance to break the record with upcoming matchups against the Rockies and Braves.