Sunday was one of those days when everything went right for the Arizona Diamondbacks.
A seven-run second inning propelled the D-backs to a 7-2 win over the San Diego Padres.
D-backs starting pitcher Jeremy Hellickson had another solid outing, going six innings and giving up only two runs. The D-backs had only four hits, but took advantage of a sloppy second inning by the Padres.
That inning was fueled by three different errors by the Padres. The inning should have ended with zero runs when third baseman Will Middlebrooks fielded a ground ball with the bases loaded, but a poor throw to home resulted in an error and the first run of the game.
Padres starting pitcher Andrew Cashner then hit Hellickson to bring in the second run of the game. The top of the order would make Cashner pay with a two-RBI single from center fielder A.J. Pollock.
The chaos for San Diego would spread further with another error on a David Peralta ground ball to bring in one more run to make it 5-0. That left two runners on for D-backs first baseman Paul Goldschmidt and the MVP candidate would bring them both in with his own two-RBI single to bring the lead to 7-0.
Here’s the D-backs win by the numbers.
Sunday’s win made it 100 total against the Padres at Chase Field. That is the most wins at home against a specific opponent in franchise history.
Hellickson improved to a record of 4-1 during day games in 2015.
While the D-backs have still not hit the overall record of .500, they now move back to .500 at home with a record of 18-18.
The D-backs have now won seven of their last 10 games.
Chris Owings has now hit safely in 10 of his last 11 home games.
Hellickson now has left six of his last eight starts with a lead.