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By Liz Alper
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July 7, 2018 (Phoenix) - The Padres have so far split the series with the Diamondbacks. They hope to take a series lead tonight with Tyson Ross on the mound against Robbie Ray for the Diamondbacks.
Wil Myers got the party started in the first with a two-run shot to left to give the Padres a 2-0 lead out of the gate.
Not shockingly, the Padres Padres’d in the home half of the first on David Peralta’s bunt that scored Jon Jay and reloaded the bases. Daniel Descalso drove the dagger in further with a line drive two-RBI double to get the Dbacks on top. Nick Ahmed hit a sac fly to right to score Peralta. Some Padres’ing by Hunter Renfroe allowed Alex Avila to reach base on what would be a flyout to center and allow Descalso to score. Five runs in the first gave the Dbacks a 5-2 lead.
In the second, Peralta doubled on a grounder to right that scored Jake Lamb. Steven Souza Jr. launched a two-run homer to straightaway left center and the Dbacks kept going, now up 8-2.
Myers tried to help out with his second home run of the night, a solo shot to left center in the third, to make it 8-3 Dbacks.
But Ahmed clapped back with a leadoff line drive solo homer to left in the home half of the third. More Padres’ing got the Dbacks to double digits as a routine ground ball got past Manuel Margot and into center field, allowing Ray to score. Freddy Galvis just missed catching Peralta’s looped single into left and as a result, Jay scored and a three-run third gave Arizona an 11-3 lead.
The Padres kept trying. Jose Pirela blasted a solo homer to right in the fourth to make it 11-4 Dbacks.
The Padres would have had a double play to get out of a bases loaded jam in the home half of the fourth, but they Padres’d, allowing Descalso to score. On the very next at-bat, Paul Goldschmidt blasted a towering three-run homer to right to up the ante to 15-4 Dbacks.
Avila hit a solo homer in the sixth to right center to make it 16-4 Dbacks.
Myers kept fighting like someone who was losing an argument on the Internet with his hat trick solo homer in the seventh to right center to make it 16-5.
Kirby Yates replaced Makita (long overdue, but we digress) and loaded the bases in the bottom of the seventh and walked Ahmed which scored Lamb to kick him out and bring in Robbie Erlin. That didn’t help as Avila singled up the middle to score Peralta and Erlin walked John Ryan Murphy to score Descalso and the Dbacks set a new franchise record for runs in a single game, leading 19-5.
Ketel Marte hit a solo homer to right in the eighth to give the Dbacks a 20-5 win, the most runs scored in the MLB this season.
The rubber match tomorrow is at 1:10 p.m. Clayton Richard starts against Zack Greinke for the Diamondbacks.
- Jose Castillo placed on 10-day DL
- Kazuhisa Makita recalled from AAA