Friars Dominate D-Backs With Second Straight Series Sweep.
The Padres extended their win streak to seven games, sweeping Arizona on the road after sweeping the Pirates at home. The win on Sunday raised their record to 15-9 in August clinching their second straight winning month with four games to go.
After never sweeping the Diamondback in Chase Field (formerly Bank One Ballpark) since their inaugural season in 1998, the Friars have now done it twice in 2012.
The Padres offense scored at least five runs in all three games, with wins of 5-0, 9-3 and 5-4. Yonder Alonso earned the Friarhood player of the series, getting a pair of hits in each game. He went 6-12, with four runs batted in and a home run.
The Padres will head back to San Diego for a quick three game home stand against the Braves before heading to Colorado on Friday. Below is a recap of the weekend sweep of the Diamondbacks in Arizona.
Friday, August 24th, 2012
Padres 5, Diamondbacks 0
WP Eric Stults (4-2) 7IP 3H 0R 0ER 1BB 4K 0HR
LP Patrick Corbin (5-5) 4IP 9H 4R 4ER 1BB 2K 1HR
Eric Stults dominated the D-Backs both on the mound and at the plate, pitching seven shutout innings and knocking in three runs in the Padres 5-0 win. Stults surrendered only three hits, striking out four while walking only one.
Stults came to the plate with the bases loaded and two outs in the second. After missing on a couple of curveballs, Patrick Corbin tried to sneak a fastball by Stults, but the Padres lefthander drove the ball the opposite way, knocking in Yasmani Grandal and Yonder Alonso before Everth Cabrera was caught in a rundown between second and third. Cabrera pulled up after rounding second, ensuring that Alonso would score before being tagged for the final out.
Chris Denorfia hit a solo home run to lead off the next inning, giving the Padres a 3-0 lead in the third. Stults helped his cause again, this time doubling past centerfielder Chris Young, scoring Cameron Maybin.
Denorfia added another run in the seventh with a sacrifice fly to right, giving the Padres a 5-0 lead that they would hold onto for their fifth straight win.
Saturday, August 25th, 2012
Padres 9, Diamondbacks 3
WP Clayton Richard (11-12) 8IP 7H 3R 3ER 2BB 4K 2HR
LP Ian Kennedy (11-11) 5.1IP 4H 6R 6ER 4BB 6K 3HR
Clayton Richard hurled another gem, going eight innings deep allowing only three runs in the Padres 9-3 win on Saturday. The Padres gave Clayton plenty of run support, scoring nine runs, including three homers.
Chase Headley gave the Padres a 1-0 lead in the first, clobbering his 22nd homer of the year over the wall in right field.
The Diamondbacks took their first lead of the series in the bottom of the second when Justin Upton hit an inside the park homer with a runner on first and no outs. The ball caromed to the left off the bottom of the wall past Cameron Maybin in right center.
But the Padres would come back and tie it in the fourth with a mammoth home run to center off the bat of Carlos Quentin. The next inning Yonder Alonso would give them the lead with a solo shot to right. His seventh home run of the year put the Friars up 3-2.
The Friars blew it open in the sixth, loading the bases to bring up the struggling Yasmani Grandal, who was 1-18 since coming off the disabled list. Grandal drew a critical walk off starting pitcher Ian Kennedy, bringing in the Padres