Diamondbacks improve to 14-8

PHOENIX—Patrick Corbin pitched seven strong innings and the Arizona Diamondbacks defeated the San Diego Padres 9-3 Tuesday night. Their 10-2 start at Chase Field is their best mark in nine years.

“It was a really nice effort by him [Patrick], he set the tone, and the offense paced us the rest of the way,” Manager Torey Lovullo said.

It was surprising, though. Of the 112 runs the Dbacks had scored coming into the game, 93 of them (83%) came after the third inning. The Dbacks scored four runs in the first two innings of the game. For a team that has a league-high nine come-from-behind wins already, it was pleasant to be in the driver’s seat.

“It was nice to get out in front, your heart rate drops a little bit, and then when Patrick takes control of the game the way he did, it really gives the entire group a very relaxed feeling,” Lovullo said.

Besides Chris Iannetta and Patrick Corbin, it was a hit parade for the Dbacks and everyone was invited. The party extended postgame as well. In 19 years on the job, one reporter had never seen this before. The Dbacks were playing Biggie Smalls music, the lights were off, the disco ball was on. Then out came the basketball hoop and Robbie Ray and Taijuan Walker started playing ball. Even Paul Goldschmidt was more animated than usual.

Sitting out a day, which is rare for Paul Goldschmidt, seemed to pay off. It was just Goldy’s second game at Chase field that he didn’t start. He’s a machine. He homered on the first pitch he saw in the first inning, singled in the second, doubled in the sixth, and singled in the eighth. He went four for four with a walk.

“When a rested player is out there, he’s going to be at full strength physically and mentally. For him to step out of it, know he wasn’t going to play, he probably turned off his brain for a period of time when he’s not used to turning off his brain. I think it was just very refreshing all the way around for him.

“The basic thing is not putting pressure on yourself, not trying to get a hit, trying to get good at-bats,” Goldschmidt said. I don’t think it [the day off] had anything to do with it. The days off are more of a long-term health thing.”

The Dbacks have homered in the first inning in five consecutive games now. This has never happened before for this ballclub. In fact, it’s been 12 years since it’s happened in the majors. The team that did it went on to win the World Series.

“I really like what I’m seeing here. I’ve been around teams that have won divisions and I’ve been around teams that have won a World Series, and some of these characteristics are definitely overlapping,” Lovullo said.

A.J. Pollock’s double in the bottom of the fourth made it eleven straight games reaching base against San Diego and he’s reached base in 21 of the 23 games against the Padres at Chase Field.

Zack Godley will take the mound Wednesday night. Taijuan Walker and Robbie Ray’s starts will be pushed back. Shelby Miller was placed on the 10-Day DL and a beat writer for the Dbacks fears Miller could be out “for a while”. Archie Bradley has emerged as a candidate to replace Miller in the rotation, but with his success in the bullpen, if Godley pitches well the Dbacks could very well stick with him.

“It’s really difficult. I know everybody is really close with Shelby. I mean, I know how he’s feeling, going through it myself, so, hopefully, he gets back quick. Godley’s going to be a competitor. Guy is going to step in tomorrow, you know he’s going to go out there and give his best,” Corbin said.

The Diamondbacks will try to keep the party going against the Padres in the third game of the series Wednesday.

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