It was a good night at Chase Field for the Padres. After splitting the first two games against the Arizona Diamondbacks, the Friars came back to win the series in a high scoring affair Wednesday night. Despite the lamb in the Diamondbacks clubhouse (a nod to Jake Lamb’s candidacy for the last National League All-Star spot) the Friars were focused on the game and it showed.
Colin Rea was on the mound for the Padres against Arizona’s right handed pitcher Shelby Miller. Rea allowed four runs and eight hits in 4.2 innings of work. Skipper Andy Green pulled Rea in the fifth inning with the bases load and two outs after Rea walked Diamondbacks shortstop Nick Ahmed. The righty was one out away from being the pitcher of record for this game. Jose Dominguez came in and pitched out of the bases loaded jam to get out of the fifth inning. Dominguez wound up getting the victory in relief.
The fourth inning was solid on the offensive side for the Friars as they assembled a five run-rally. Yangervis Solarte hit an RBI single to bring in Padres All-Star Wil Myers. Melvin Upton Jr. doubled to deep right center to plate Matt Kemp. Derek Norris grounded out to shortstop to help bring Solarte home and the wheels just kept turning in the right direction. The cherry on top of a great inning came when Ryan Schimpf knocked a two-run, go-ahead homer to right field to score Melvin Upton Jr. The Friars went into the fifth inning with a one run lead 5-4.
The Padres would tack on seven more runs, which included a three-run homer by Solarte in the ninth inning. San Diego beat Arizona 13-6.
The Padres will finish up the first half of the season with a four game series in Los Angeles against the Dodgers on Thursday.