Jake Lamb stays hot, D-Backs lay down another brick, beat Padres 7-4
PHOENIX-The D-Backs took advantage of a five-run third inning to defeat the Padres 7-4 in the second game of the series.
Jake Lamb hit a three-run homer (15) and Brandon Drury (5) hit a two-run homer all in the third inning.
Lamb has got seven RBI in his past two games. Drury is hitting .389 at home, good for second-best in the Majors.
“He’s just in a very good position,” D-Backs Manager Torey Lovullo said of Lamb. “He’s locked in with his head down, squaring up the ball and getting behind the ball. “He’s among the league leaders in RBI’s. I’m not sure exactly where he’s at, I know he’s got over 50. I just hope that the league takes notice of that, the league sees that, recognizes that, and gives him a chance to be an All-Star because he’s deserving of that,” Lovullo said.
The D-Backs are tied for second in the NL West at 36-25, two games back from the Colorado Rockies. Earlier this year Lovullo mentioned laying down bricks in a foundation. Now, 61 games into the season, it was time for a progress report.
“I’m gonna say that there’s probably gonna be 108 bricks, laid down this year,” Lovullo said. “We’re probably about 37 into it. I like the way it’s going. I feel like we’re taking our time with each brick. We want to make sure it’s laid perfectly and the foundation continues to get laid.”
Zack Greinke allowed three earned runs on seven hits in five innings of work, walking just one and striking out eight.
“I think he was a little erratic with several of his pitches and wasn’t commanding the ball as he has been,” Lovullo said.
“I thought stuff got a little flatter in the last two innings,” Greinke said. “Command was still alright, but the other stuff just wasn’t as sharp I don’t think.”
A double steal and a wild pitch in the bottom of the seventh allowed David Peralta to score and make it 6-3 D-Backs. Also, it was at this moment that I realized how much trouble the Padres are in going forward.
Chris Owings’ sac fly in the same inning allowed Paul Goldschmidt to advance home, on a play that was first ruled out, but a D-Backs challenge saw that Goldy touched home plate before a tag was applied, and the Umps overturned the call.
Fernando Rodney picked up his 15th save of the season.
October Fever?: The D-Backs have homered in 11 straight home games. Last time they did that? 2001. The same year they won it all.
Picking His Spots: Yangervis Solarte hit his fifth homer of the season against Greinke in the top of the first inning and then hit an RBI single in the top of the third. Solarte is hitting .317 when batting second over the course of his career.
Up Next: Patrick Corbin (4-6, 5.43 ERA) takes the mound for the D-Backs in the third and final game of the series. Clayton Richard will pitch for San Diego.
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