When and where: April 14, 2019, Chase Field, Phoenix, AZ, 4:10 PM ET
The four-game NL West rivalry series between the San Diego Padres and Arizona Diamondbacks concludes on Sunday. There hasn’t been any excitement lost in this series with every game coming down to the wire. Can the Diamondbacks continue to fight their way back after losing the first two games? Zack Greinke will be the leading man taking the mound in Game 4 opposite of San Diego’s Eric Lauer.
Reyes’ homer puts the nail in the Diamondbacks
For a third consecutive time, the game was decided by only one run, and for the third consecutive time, the Padres came out on top. It’s getting harder and harder to deny the hype surrounding the Padres when they continue to win games they aren’t expected to win. Who would have ever expected they’d be 11-5 in their first 16 games of the season?
On Saturday, they survived another close encounter with the Diamondbacks for their fourth consecutive win.
They pulled ahead by four runs early in the game thanks to a 417-foot home run from Fernando Tatis Jr. and a single two-run shot by Eric Hosmer. However, the Diamondbacks were able to fight back into the game in the sixth inning with San Diego’s Gerardo Reyes on the mound. The righty nearly blew the lead in his short time pitching by allowing three hits and four runs. He was ultimately bailed out by Craig Stammen, who took the win on the night.
The Padres’ bullpen kept the Diamondbacks off the scoreboard the rest of the night—long enough for a 397-foot kill shot home run by Franmil Reyes to break the tie and put the game away in the seventh inning.
Diamondbacks take fourth straight loss
It has been an ugly end to the Diamondbacks’ nine-game home stretch.
They simply haven’t been able to rise to the occasion and close out games. There really is no other explanation for losing three straight games by only one run. Most expected the Padres to unravel in this series, especially with it being played at Chase Field, but it has been the Diamondbacks that have unraveled in all three appearances in front of their home fans.
After Merrill Kelly gave up eight hits and four runs on the mound, the Diamondbacks were able to climb back into the game with a monstrous offensive inning in the bottom of the sixth. Hits by Nick Ahmed, Carson Kelly, Adam Jones and IIdemaro Vargas drove in four runs to put the Diamondbacks into position to take Game 3.
Then Reyes put an end to those hopes by smacking a pitch from Matt Andriese over the wall. Yoan Lopez and Andrew Chafin closed the rest of the way without allowing another run.
- Diamondbacks are 1-5 in their last 6 games after losing the first 3 games of a series.
- Diamondbacks are 1-5 in their last 6 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of greater than .600.
- Diamondbacks are 0-4 in their last 4 during game 4 of a series.
- Diamondbacks are 0-7 in their last 7 Sunday games.
- Padres are 4-1 in their last 5 games on grass.
- Padres are 6-2 in their last 8 games vs. a starter with a WHIP greater than 1.30.
- Padres are 5-2 in their last 7 road games vs. a team with a losing record.
- Padres are 32-65 in their last 97 Sunday games.