SAN FRANCISCO -- In getting swept by the Padres this week, the D-backs scored a total of five runs on 16 hits. It was a continuation of an offensive slump that had seen them drop 12 of their last 17 games.
“I think it was a night that was desperately needed,” Jones said. “We’ve had some really good at-bats. We’ve been stinking the past five games. We’ve been grinding. But part of the game is you can grind all you want, but sometimes the results won’t be there for you.”
Following their 5-2 loss to the Padres on Wednesday, the D-backs held a brief team meeting.
“I think after last game, we felt we were putting a little too much pressure on ourselves and trying to do too much,” catcher Carson Kelly said. “We had a little meeting after the game in San Diego. We got everybody together, talked. Just slow things down. We know we’re a good team. Just kind of take the pressure of ourselves.”
The 18 runs scored on Friday tied for the second-most in franchise history, and were the most ever scored by a visitor at the ballpark.
The question now is was it just a one-game blip or a sign that the bats are coming alive again?
Veteran bench coach Jerry Narron, who filled in because manager Torey Lovullo was in Phoenix attending his son’s high school graduation, said this game could be a turning point.
“I think we needed it,” Narron said. “Everybody knew we were going to break out and somebody would pay for it, and tonight was the night and hopefully everybody can relax a little bit and swing the bats a bit more aggressively.”
Vargas got the D-backs started in the first inning with a solo homer, and the D-backs scored in each of the first seven innings, including multiple runs in innings two through seven.
Vargas had five hits on the night, Jones and Nick Ahmed had four and Escobar, Jones and Marte combined for 10 RBIs.
“You have to understand it’s a long season,” Jones said. “Sometimes you lose track of that. Sometimes if you're younger, you want to force the issue, but you’ve got to take a step back in this game and just appreciate it.
“I think what we did today -- as opposed to the last five, six games, maybe the last 10 games, if you go back -- is we just took what they gave us. We took the walks. We took back-to-back walks. We took singles the other way. We didn’t just try to pull the ball to left field or just jack the ball. We tried to play the game of baseball today and did a great job.”