D-backs drop series finale to Padres despite Madison Bumgarner’s stellar start
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Blake Snell struck out 13 over seven sharp innings, Jake Cronenworth homered and drove in both runs and the San Diego Padres defeated Madison Bumgarner and the Arizona Diamondbacks 2-0 on Sunday.
Snell (6-4) did not allow a hit until the fifth and won a second straight start for the first time this season. The left-hander tied his longest outing since joining the Padres this year, yielding just two hits and walking three.
Bumgarner (6-7) allowed two runs on six hits over seven innings. He struck out five and walked one.
Cronenworth doubled in the first to drive in Adam Frazier. In the fourth, he hit his 16th home run.
Filling in for injured shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr., Cronenworth also made a diving stop to his right and threw out Carson Kelly.
Emilio Pagan pitched a perfect eighth for San Diego and Mark Melancon worked around a double by Kole Calhoun in the ninth for his 33rd save.
Nick Ahmed was the only Diamondbacks player to reach third base. He got there with one out in the sixth, but Snell struck out Calhoun and Kelly to preserve the shutout.
The Padres recorded 10 or more strikeouts for the third consecutive game, the third time they have done so this season.
After Yu Darvish went seven innings on Saturday night, Padres starters have thrown seven innings in back-to-back games for the first time this year. San Diego has allowed three hits or fewer in 10 games this season and are 9-1 in those contests.
Diamondbacks RHP Noe Ramirez and OF Stuart Fairchild, both on the injured list after testing positive for COVID-19, played catch with each other on Saturday as they recover. Neither player is experiencing symptoms.
D-backs RHP Zac Gallen (1-6, 4.62) will face the San Francisco Giants at Oracle Park on Tuesday in the first of a two-game set.
First pitch is scheduled for 6:45 p.m. Catch all the action on 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station.