Tuesday’s game between the Arizona Diamondbacks and the San Diego Padres ended in an 8-6 victory for the Diamondbacks thanks to a run that was bunted in, a steal of home, and contributions from the bottom of the order.
D-backs infielder (3-3) With a man on third and one out in the top of the eighth inning and the score 5-4, Geraldo Perdomo noticed his opportunity on the right side of the infield.
Matt Carpenter, the first baseman for the Padres (3-3) attempted to toss the ball home but mishandled it, enabling Jake McCarthy to score and Perdomo to advance.
The score ended the D-backs’ 5-1 rally, but they were far from finished.
A Jose Herrera single, a walk by Josh Rojas, a single by Ketel Marte, a sacrifice drive by Lourdes Gurriel Jr., and a wild play at the plate led to three more runs for Arizona in the fifth.
Rojas dashed for home and slid in safety while Marte swiped second and halted in the base path.
Rojas didn’t have a hit going into the contest, but skipper Torey Lovullo started him off. The seasoned player went 3-for-3 with a single and a home run.
McCarthy, Alek Thomas, Perdomo, and Herrera, Arizona’s 6-9 batters, went 5-for-9 with four walks, seven runs, and four runs knocked in.
With two outs in the sixth inning, the rally gained momentum when Perdomo doubled in a brace of runs. Perdomo scored on a Rojas single to bring the score to 5-4. He is currently batting.429/.600/.714.
After the Padres overcame a 4-3 disadvantage with a pair of home runs in the bottom of the ninth inning on Monday, Lovullo went to RHP Drey Jameson to keep the opposition at bay.
After McCarthy leaped over the wall in foul territory to make a grab in right field, he was able to avoid a two-on, two-outs predicament in the eighth inning.
McCarthy said, “I had a fairly decent feel on it and the wall popped up pretty fast. The grab itself wasn’t particularly challenging, but I clearly turned over because I wasn’t aware of how near I was to the wall. I’m lucky I wasn’t harmed. Although the pavement didn’t feel wonderful, I am alright.
Trent Grisham received a single shot from Jameson in the ninth, but Jameson still won the game with his first save.
When facing D-backs star Zac Gallen, who gave up five runs—four earned—in six innings, the Padres quickly took the lead. In his second appearance, Xander Bogaerts and Nelson Cruz drove him in.
On Tuesday, Arizona swiped five bases, got seven walks, and had two hit batters. It stole three bags while walking just once in the opening four-game set against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Perdomo’s game-tying bunt was similar to McCarthy’s drag bunt that brought in the winning run in the ninth inning of Sunday’s 2-1 victory over Los Angeles.
Lovullo asserted, “We’re a strong squad, we’re agile, and we’re going to take advantage of opportunities that present themselves.
The D-backs’ six-game road journey came to an end against the Dodgers and Padres.500, then leave on Thursday.
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