For the better part of a month, it looked like things had finally started breaking the Arizona Diamondbacks’ way — or at least going against them a little less often.
That trend reversed course on Tuesday.
The D-backs saw an early lead last less than an inning, committed their 40th error of the season, allowed a go-ahead, two-out homer in the eighth inning and ended the game on a borderline strike call as they fell to the Padres 4-3 on Chase Field, though they still have an opportunity for a series win on Wednesday.
Here’s a closer look at the loss, by the numbers:
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D-backs reliever Evan Marshall allowed the first earned run of his major league career on Tommy Medica’s go-ahead eighth-inning homer. He had started his career with 9.1 scoreless innings, which ended with Medica’s two-out blast.
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Arizona third baseman Martin Prado connected on his first home run of 2014, sending an Eric Stults offering deep into the left field bleachers in the second inning to hand the D-backs an early 1-0 lead.
Diamondbacks pitchers failed to secure shutdown innings following two of the three frames in which the D-backs scored — the Padres scored three following Prado’s early homer and Medica’s blast came a half-inning after Arizona tied the game at three.
Miley because the fourth left-hander in D-backs history to strike out 11 hitters in a game, joining Brian Anderson, who did it once, Omar Daal, who did it twice, and Randy Johnson, who did it a whopping 78 times.
The Padres managed five hits off of Miley in their three-run third inning,
Miley’s 11 strikeouts set a new career high, surpassing his previous best of 10.
The D-backs made their 40th error of 2014 in the Padres’ three-run third, the sixth-highest total in all of baseball. Only six teams have a worse fielding percentage than Arizona’s .980.