Thursday, April 16, 2015

Padres top D-backs on Upton's late homer

Justin Upton homered with two outs in the bottom of the eighth inning Wednesday night, putting the Padres on top for good in a 3-2 victory over the D-backs at Petco Park.
Upton's home run, his third of the season, came on the first pitch he saw from D-backs relief pitcher Randall Delgado.
"When you see it from the other side, for as many years as we did, we're [now] looking at it first-hand. I still to think there is … not more to come, but you're going to see things like this," said Padres manager Bud Black of Upton's production.
San Diego pitcher Brandon Morrow allowed two runs in the first inning but settled down, as he allowed four hits over the next six frames. He walked one and struck out five.
Arizona pitcher Chase Anderson, who like Morrow got a no-decision, allowed two runs in six innings with one walk and five strikeouts.
Craig Kimbrel closed it out for the Padres (6-4) for his third save. The D-backs fell to 4-5.
Hit machine: With his second-inning single, Upton extended his hitting streak to 12 games. In addition to having at least one hit in each of the first 10 games of the season, his overall streak dates back to last September when he was still with the Braves. More >
500 for Goldy: First baseman Paul Goldschmidt gave the D-backs a 2-0 lead in the first inning when he hit a 2-2 offering from Morrow into the seats in right. It was Goldschmidt's third homer of the season and the 500th hit of his career. But the D-backs' bats fell flat afterward. More >

RBI machine: Matt Kemp and Upton, the Padres' 3-4 hitters, might go back and forth on the team RBI lead this season. Kemp drove home the game-tying run in the sixth on Wednesday, giving him seven RBIs. Upton later tied Kemp at seven with his home run in the eighth.
Big arm, big moment: The Padres nearly took a 3-2 lead in the sixth inning, but center fielder A.J. Pollock threw out Derek Norris as he tried to score from second base on a line drive single by Will Middlebrooks with two outs in the inning.
"I think the biggest surprise is Kimbrel. Seeing him on TV and now in person, he's impressive. It's fun to watch. When his walk-up song comes on, I get excited for him." -- Padres center fielder Wil Myers on Kimbrel, who earned his third save on Wednesday
How about that starting pitching? Morrow's outing gave the Padres their eighth quality start in the first 10 games. It was his second quality start in as many outings. The only Padres starter who doesn't have a quality start is Ian Kennedy, who was limited to 2 1/3 innings in his only outing, one he left early because of a strained left hamstring.
D-backs: The D-backs open a four-game series with the Giants at AT&T Park on Thursday night at 10:15 PT. Archie Bradley will make his second Major League start. The right-hander was outstanding in his debut, as he held the Dodgers to just one hit over six scoreless innings.
Padres: The Padres have their first off-day of the season on Thursday, as they fly to Chicago where they'll open a three-game series on Friday against the Cubs at Wrigley Field. James Shields, the team's Opening Day starter, will make his third start. Game time is 11:20 a.m.

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