The D-Backs five-run seventh inning was the difference in the series opener. (@DBacks, Twitter)
For awhile, it appeared as if the struggles on offense in Colorado for the Arizona D-Backs had carried over into this game, but like a Phoenix, the Diamondbacks arose from the ashes. They defeated San Diego Padres 5-2 on Friday night.
The streak of consecutive scoreless innings ended for Brandon McCarthy at 18 innings, but that didn’t deter him from throwing another brilliant game for Arizona. McCarthy went seven innings and allowed five hits, one run, two walks, and a pair of strikeouts.
Arizona was in an offensive funk for most of the game, but then something clicked for them in the seventh inning, as they erupted for five runs. Martin Prado and Wil Nieves got the party started with back-to-back doubles that scored two runs.
Then A.J Pollock singled in a run for his third hit of the game. Paul Goldschmidt capped off the scoring with another double which plated a pair of runs.
Up until that point, Friars starter Eric Stults had Arizona looking foolish for six innings. Stults pitched into the seventh inning, allowing four runs, six hits, two walks and had two strikeouts.
The offense for San Diego was only able to muster two runs. They scored one run in the second inning on a single from Yonder Alonso. The Padres received a leadoff homer from Everth Cabrera in the eighth inning.
The D-Backs will have Wade Miley pitching in the second game of the series,. The Padres will send flame thrower Andrew Cashner.
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