Friars Struggle in Arizona, Drop Game 2 against Diamondbacks

Lefty Clayton Richard Leaves Game in Fourth Inning

Tuesdays can be a rough day at the office, but the Padres had a really tough day at work out at Chase Field. The Friars struggled to keep up with the Arizona bats and dropped game two of the series 9-3.

Clayton Richard was on the mound for San Diego facing fellow lefty Patrick Corbin who got the nod for Arizona. Richard has certainly seen better days. He didn’t make it out of the fourth inning after he allowed eight hits, six runs and three walks on 67 pitches.

The Friars were trailing by four runs in the third inning when infielder Yangervis Solarte singled to left field. That was just enough to bring in first baseman Wil Myers for the Padres’ first run of the night.

The Diamondbacks were determined to keep the Padres at bay. In the three innings that followed they notched five more runs including a solo shot by infielder Daniel Descalso in the fifth that went 405 feet to the right field seats. By the end of the sixth inning Arizona had a 9-1 lead over San Diego.

The Padres weren’t giving up. In the seventh inning outfielder Jabari Blash, who was just called up from Triple-A El Paso on Monday, sent a home run to left center field, his first hit of the season. Still, the Friars had seven runs to make up. One inning later infielder Luis Sardiñas singled to right to score outfielder Hunter Renfroe, but they needed a lot more than that to come away with a victory. The Diamondbacks closed out another win at home and lead the series two games to none.

The two teams will face off again on Wednesday night. Game three starts at 6:40 p.m. PST at Chase Field.

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