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Lamb’s three-run homer lifts Diamondbacks over Padres

Sep 27, 2019, 11:18 PM
Arizona Diamondbacks' Jake Lamb watches the flight of his three-run home run against the San Diego ...
Arizona Diamondbacks' Jake Lamb watches the flight of his three-run home run against the San Diego Padres during the eighth inning of a baseball game, Friday, Sept. 27, 2019, in Phoenix. The Diamondbacks defeated the Padres 6-3. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

PHOENIX — It hasn’t exactly been the most memorable season for Jake Lamb. But he delivered on Friday night.

Lamb launched a pinch-hit three-run home run off San Diego reliever Luis Perdomo in the eighth, propelling the Diamondbacks to a 6-3 win over the Padres. For Lamb, it was his fourth career pinch-hit homer – two of which have come off Perdomo now.

“Every win is a good win,” D-backs manager Torey Lovullo acknowledged after the game.

“But this one felt really, really good for one reason for me. It’s about Jake Lamb. I know Jake’s been grinding through the year, coming back from injuries. Last year, had another injury early in the season. Just watching him walk back in the dugout after hitting a ball the way he has in the past to help us win a game like that. To see that big smile on his face was worth it. Nothing better for me this entire day.”

Lamb entered the 2019 campaign looking to slide across the infield from third to first base and help fill some of the offensive void left by Paul Goldschmidt’s departure.

But a quad strain kept him out of the lineup for most of the first half of the season and he has struggled to get into much of a rhythm at the plate since.

Entering the final series of 2019, he was hitting just .186 for the year with five home runs and 27 RBIs in 75 games.

That sixth longball of the season was a no-doubter, though, traveling 455 feet into the right field seats to give Arizona the lead for good.

“He works as hard as anybody to produce good outcomes,” Lovullo explained. “He hasn’t had a lot of luck or good outcomes like that, so I know he’s going to sleep well tonight. Helped us win a baseball game. You just add it all up, it was a good day for him.”

Lamb’s home run came just one batter after Jarrod Dyson avoided the tag of catcher Luis Torrens at home plate.

With runners on second and third and the D-backs down to their final five outs while trailing by a run, Carson Kelly grounded into a fielder’s choice. The ball beat Dyson home, but he managed to slide around Torrens’ glove to tie the game.

That set the stage for Lamb to finish San Diego off. And he did.

The Diamondbacks have now picked up victories in six of their last eight, sitting at 83 wins with two games to go. That’s already one more than they had in 2018, when Paul Goldschmidt, Patrick Corbin and AJ Pollock were still on the roster. Finishing just above .500 was never the goal but, considering those losses — on top of the injuries the team has had to fight through this season — it’s not a bad accomplishment.

And Lovullo’s taking it as an encouraging sign.

“It means, to me, that we have a really strong core group of guys that are going to plow on until we tell the story the way that we want to tell it,” Lovullo said.

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Arizona Diamondbacks relief pitcher Archie Bradley, right, hugs Diamondbacks catcher Carson Kelly after a baseball game against the San Diego Padres, Friday, Sept. 27, 2019, in Phoenix. The Diamondbacks defeated the Padres 6-3. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Arizona Diamondbacks' Adam Jones, left, gets Diamondbacks' Jake Lamb, right, with a pie in the face as the two celebrate Lamb's three-run home run against the San Diego Padres, from the eighth inning, after a baseball game, Friday, Sept. 27, 2019, in Phoenix. The Diamondbacks defeated the Padres 6-3. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) San Diego Padres relief pitcher Luis Perdomo pauses on the mound during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks, Friday, Sept. 27, 2019, in Phoenix. The Diamondbacks defeated the Padres 6-3. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Arizona Diamondbacks' Jake Lamb (22) smiles as he celebrates his three-run home run against the San Diego Padres with Diamondbacks' Carson Kelly (18) during the eighth inning of a baseball game, Friday, Sept. 27, 2019, in Phoenix. The Diamondbacks defeated the Padres 6-3. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Arizona Diamondbacks' Jake Lamb watches the flight of his three-run home run against the San Diego Padres during the eighth inning of a baseball game, Friday, Sept. 27, 2019, in Phoenix. The Diamondbacks defeated the Padres 6-3. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Arizona Diamondbacks' Jarrod Dyson, left, scores a run as he gets his left hand on home plate and around the tag of San Diego Padres catcher Luis Torrens during the eighth inning of a baseball game, Friday, Sept. 27, 2019, in Phoenix. The Diamondbacks defeated the Padres 6-3. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) San Diego Padres shortstop Luis Urias is unable to make a play on a grounder hit by Arizona Diamondbacks' Josh Rojas during the eighth inning of a baseball game Friday, Sept. 27, 2019, in Phoenix. The Diamondbacks defeated the Padres 6-3. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) San Diego Padres' Luis Torrens (21) celebrates his run scored against the Arizona Diamondbacks with teammates, including Joey Lucchesi, right, during the seventh inning of a baseball game Friday, Sept. 27, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) San Diego Padres starting pitcher Eric Lauer, left, sits with Padres pitching coach Darren Balsley, right, after Lauer is taken out of the game during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks, Friday, Sept. 27, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Arizona Diamondbacks' Christian Walker earns a walk as Diamondbacks' Carson Kelly, left, comes home from third base on the walk to score a run during the fifth inning of a baseball game Friday, Sept. 27, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) San Diego Padres starting pitcher Eric Lauer wipes sweat from his face as he loads the bases during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks, Friday, Sept. 27, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Arizona Diamondbacks' Tim Locastro (16) gets hit with a pitch as San Diego Padres catcher Luis Torrens, left, looks on during the fifth inning of a baseball game, Friday, Sept. 27, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Arizona Diamondbacks first baseman Christian Walker tosses the ball to Diamondbacks pitcher Matt Andriese to get San Diego Padres' Eric Hosmer out at first base during the fourth inning of a baseball game Friday, Sept. 27, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) San Diego Padres' Manny Machado, center, celebrates his home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks with teammates, including Luis Torrens, right, during the sixth inning of a baseball game Friday, Sept. 27, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) San Diego Padres' Manny Machado, right, celebrates his home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks with teammate Josh Naylor (22) during the sixth inning of a baseball game Friday, Sept. 27, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) San Diego Padres' Greg Garcia (5) slaps hands with Padres' Josh Naylor, right, after Garcia scored a run against the Arizona Diamondbacks on a sacrifice fly hit by Padres' Eric Hosmer during the first inning of a baseball game Friday, Sept. 27, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Arizona Diamondbacks' Tim Locastro (16) gets safely back to first base as San Diego Padres first baseman Eric Hosmer (30) applies a late tag on a pickoff-attempt during the first inning of a baseball game Friday, Sept. 27, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) San Diego Padres starting pitcher Eric Lauer throws against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning of a baseball game Friday, Sept. 27, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Taylor Clarke throws against the San Diego Padres during the first inning of a baseball game Friday, Sept. 27, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

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