PHOENIX, Ariz – Today’s matinee and series finale featured an offensive outburst by the Arizona Diamondbacks (37-25), as they erupted for 15 hits and 15 runs in the final game of the series and swept the San Diego Padres. On the series, the Diamondbacks scored a total of 32 runs, and on the season are nine wins and four losses in 13 games played.
The 15 runs scored by the Diamondbacks were the most since June 14, 2014 in a 16-8 win over the Colorado Rockies.
Chris Iannetta was the star of the day. Manager Torey Lovullo opened the post-game press conference with “The day was highlighted by Chris Iannetta. Seven RBI, the big home run that put us in front. It just continued from that point.”
Over the past 11 games, Iannetta has come up big for the Diamondbacks, and Lovullo talked about that. “He’s always been a very capable offensive player. I think he’s just in a really good spot. I think he feels good about where he’s at offensively because of the things he is able to do. A number of big home runs. He has eight home runs, but that’s not all he’s doing. He’s grinding at-bats, having quality at-bats, and quality moments. “
As for Iannetta on his big day, “It was great. It was exciting. It was fun. These are the days you play baseball for. A chance to contribute, and then you have fun. I feel like a kid again.”
Today was something new for Iannetta as he batted second for Arizona, the first time all season. “When you hit in front of one of the best hitters in the game (Paul Goldschmidt) you know you’re gonna see some pitches to hit. It’s a boost of confidence to know to pick one out and you’re gonna get opportunities to hit with guys on base because they don’t want to face him, they’d rather face me.”
Arizona’s offense featured five players with a multi-hit game. After Iannetta’s 3-for-5, Goldschmidt was 2-for-3, Chris Owings 2-for-5, Daniel Descalso 2-for-4, hitting his fifth home run of the season and followed with Nick Ahmed 2-for-4.
Lovullo, talked about the quality player Descalso is and the importance he is to the team. “He’s a manager’s dream. He’s a guy you can plug in any situation. He’s thinking about the game and each situation before I am. Whether it’s a left- handed pitcher, a right-handed pitcher, he is just very prepared for any moment. That’s a credit to who he is, and that’s why he’s here. He has a proven track record as a bench player, as a starter and he becomes very versatile in some key situations. I am not afraid to use him in any moment. “
Patrick Corbin pitched into the sixth inning and after a shaky first inning was able to settle down. Lovullo talked about his starter’s performance “After the first inning did a real nice job of settling in. Started finding a bit of a rhythm. Collected some big outs at big moments, made some key pitches in key moments.“
The Padres (23-38) were led by three players having a multi-hit game. Jose Pirela (2-for-4), Wil Myers (2-for-3) and Hunter Renfroe (2-for-4).
San Diego scored first in the game, but after the first inning, it was all Iannetta and Diamondbacks. In fact, Iannetta had more RBI (7), than the Padres had total runs (3).
Next up for the Diamondbacks, they open a three game series vs. the Milwaukee Brewers starting Friday night with first pitch scheduled for 6:40 MST.