Jhoulys Chacin looked like an ace Wednesday night against the Diamondbacks.
Chacin pitched eight shutout innings against Arizona, allowing just three hits and striking out five batters.
Exactly what a veteran pitcher is supposed to do when his ball club is on a losing streak and struggling to get back on track.
The righty improved to 2-2 on the season after San Diego stopped a five-game skid with a tense 1-0 victory over its division rivals.
Wednesday’s starting pitcher for the Padres also contributed the first hit of the game for the home team, while one of Tuesday’s relievers provided a clutch swing late in the contest.
Padres shortstop/relief pitcher Erick Aybar sent a 3-2 offering from Arizona’s Zach Greinke over the right field wall to give the Padres a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the 8th inning.
Aybar made headlines the previous night when he took the mound for an impromptu mop up duty session towards the end of Tuesday’s 11-2 loss.
Chacin singled in the 3rd inning off of Greinke, but San Diego could not get anything going the rest of the frame.
Wil Myers extended his hitting streak to 10 games with a base knock in the 4th.
Padres closer Brandon Maurer earned his second save of the year but made some fans nervous because he struck out Jake Lamb for the final out with the potential tying run on 3rd base.
Greinke only allowed four hits and the lone run but Aybar’s clutch swing saddled him with the loss.
Clayton Richard will get the start Thursday for the Friars.
Arizona counters with Patrick Corbin. First pitch is slated for 6:10.