This kind of result is too far and too distant.
So the Diamondbacks inhaled deeply and enjoyed the moment.
Boosted by a franchise-high eight runs in the first inning, the D-backs went on to post a 12-6 victory over the San Diego Padres before 22,233 Wednesday night in Chase Field.
By taking the rubber game of this three game set, Arizona took two-of-three from San Diego and captured the sixth series out of their last eight.
“It’s the same feeling in here as the whole season,” said outfielder A. J. Pollock, who contributed with a 3-for-4 night and on base four out of five times. “We’re staying competitive and playing good baseball. We’re feeling pretty good right now.”
While an eight run blast-off is a rarity, the Diamondbacks seem to take out a season-long frustration on Tim Stauffer, the Padres’ starter. Reaching the San Diego right-hander for seven hits and one walk in just one-third of an inning, the Diamondbacks parlayed big lumber into their biggest inning since scoring nine against Houston at home on Aug. 8, 2012.
In all, the D-backs banged out 17 hits, four short of the season-high of 21 set on May 17 against the Dodgers.
Chris Owings led the parade with a 4-for4 night plus a walk while Pollock and Paul Goldschmidt added three hits each. Goldschmidt also hit one of the longest home runs in Chase Field history when he sent a rocket just below the line score section of the video board in dead center field. According to ESPN Stats and Info, the ball carried an estimated 470 feet.
“I hit it good but it only counts as one,” said Goldschmidt in his usually unpretentious demeanor. “It was good to get the lead early and we’ll take a win any day. It guess this happens to be on (manager Kirk Gibson’s birthday) but it’s just a good win.”
Beneficiary was right-hander Chase Anderson, who improved to 3-0 and became the first Diamondbacks pitcher to record three wins in his first three major league starts for Arizona. Enjoying a 10-0 lead in the fourth, Anderson allowed a triple to Tommy Medica and a ground out for the Padres’ lone earned run while he was on the mound.
“It’s nice to get a big lead like that but you need to stick to your game plan,” Anderson said. “You have to be locked in because they can come right back. But that kind of lead is a pitcher’s dream.”
The game was the second straight in which the Diamondbacks supported Anderson with a double-digit lead. On May 17, Arizona beat the Dodgers 18-7, and Anderson gained the win in that one.
Overall, San Diego managed a three spot in the fifth but was aided when Martin Prado dropped a double-play ball at second base and that lead to three unearned runs against Anderson.
Anderson worked the required five innings for the win, allowed eight hits, four runs but one earned, walked one and fanned three hitters.
In the end, the night belonged to the Diamondbacks’ bats and the lumber they carried to the plate.
Owings’ 4-for-4 night was meritorious because the four hits were a career-high in one game for the rookie shortstop. Pollock scored three runs and six players had multi-hit games.
“We put the ball in play and when you do that, good things usually happen,” Gibson said. “Nice to see Goldschmidt swing a hot bat because he’s been struggling lately. He took some extra batting practice, worked on a few things and was rewarded.”
Martin Prado, who homered in his second consecutive game and the fourth time in his career, took a foul ball off his left shin in the sixth inning.
Prado finished the game at third but sported ice and wrapped left shin and ankle in the clubhouse after the game.
“He’s okay,” said manager Kirk Gibson. “I haven’t made out the lineup for (Thursday against Cincinnati) but I suspect he’ll be in the lineup.”
BACK IN TOWN
The Cincinnati Reds now move into Chase Field this weekend for four games.
For the Reds, former Arizona State University standout Mike Leake gets the starts Friday night. Coming into this start, Leake sports a 2-4 record with a 2.92 ERA. Former Cincinnati right-hander Bronson Arroyo (4-3, 4.15) starts for the D-backs.
With the Sun Devils during his junior year, Leake was 16-1, seven complete games and an ERA of 1.71 in 18 starts. After his junior year, the Reds made Leake their number one pick in the 2009 draft.
Elsewhere in the series, Josh Collmenter (3-2, 3.91) opens the set for the D-backs against lefty Tony Cingrani (2-4, 4.09 ERA) Thursday night.
On Saturday, it’s Brandon McCarthy (1-6, 4.87) against righty Johnny Cueto (4-4, 1.83) and on Sunday afternoon, the match-up involves Wade Miley (3-5, 4.76) against Reds’ righty Alfredo Simon (6-3, 2.90).
Then, it’s off the Mile High City to take on the Rockies for three and right back to Chase Field for a five game home stand against the Braves and the Astros.