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Story by Liz Alper
Photo: 2017 Jackie Robinson Family YMCA scholarship recipients. Via @Padres on Twitter
April 18, 2017 (San Diego) - Most people have a pretty good time in Atlanta. The Padres didn’t, getting swept in four games by the Braves. But tonight, they’re back home and in the NL West again. It was time to get back on track against the Diamondbacks. Shelby Miller started tonight for Arizona against Jared Cosart for the Padres.
It looked like the Padres learned their lesson from last series: don’t score too early. Wait till the third inning. And they did, when Wil Myers singled to score Travis Jankowski to take a 1-0 lead.
But of course, the next inning, Cosart walked Brandon Drury with the bases loaded to score a run and tie the game at one. After Craig Stammen came in to pitch, Chris Owings bunted. Stammen picked it up and threw to first, but Myers couldn’t make the catch and two runs came in for Arizona and they took a 3-1 lead.
They kept at in the fifth when Jake Lamb hit an RBI single to give the Diamondbacks a 4-1 lead. Yasmany Tomas came up to bat and said “hate to be the bearer of bad news, but…” and blasted a three-run homer to left and the Dbacks jumped to a 7-1 lead.
Chris Ianetta homered in the eighth to make the score 8-1 Arizona. Jake Lamb hit a sac fly to score Shelby Miller and the lead extended to 9-1.
The Padres begged them to stop, but Jeremy Hazelbaker tripled and scored two runs and the Dbacks led 11-1.
The Padres tried to rally in the ninth with a Luis Torrens single that scored Allen Cordobato, but that was all the rallying they could do; the Dbacks swooped into Petco Park and demolished the Padres 11-2.
No Wednesday afternoon game this time. The Padres and Dbacks play game two tomorrow night at 7:10 p.m. Zack Greinke starts on the hill for the Dbacks against Jhoulys Chacin for the Padres.