D-backs squander bases-loaded threat in 7th

April 14th, 2019

PHOENIX -- The D-backs, it seemed, had the Padres on the ropes, drawing three walks and reaching base by a hit batter in the seventh inning.

Yet, somehow they failed to push across even one run in that inning as the Padres held on for a 5-4 win on Saturday night at Chase Field.

The loss was the fourth straight for the D-backs, who will try to avoid being swept in this four-game series Sunday afternoon.

“Just from me walking through the clubhouse and just getting the temperature of what’s going on, I think the guys are a little bit frustrated,” D-backs manager Torey Lovullo said.

That’s certainly understandable, given how things have been going. The D-backs have done almost enough to get wins, but not quite. Each loss in the series has been by one run.

Saturday was a perfect example. The D-backs found a way to rally back from a 4-0 deficit tie the game with a four-run sixth inning.

After a Franmil Reyes homer put the Padres back on top 5-4 in the top of the seventh, the first two Arizona batters walked to open the bottom half of the inning.

The speedy was on second and he thought for sure that Trey Wingenter was going to the plate with his first delivery of the evening, so he took off at the first sign of movement by Wingenter.

Unfortunately for Dyson and the D-backs, Wingenter was executing an inside pickoff move and Dyson was easily tagged out.

“I ran into a baserunning mistake,” Dyson said. “That was on me. Got to be a little bit smarter in that situation. That’s a big mistake right there. Those type of mistakes can’t happen because they determine whether you win or lose. And that’s how I feel.”

But still the D-backs found themselves in good shape to at worst tie the game as Wingenter walked Christian Walker and hit with a pitch to load the bases with one out.

That brought to the plate, and he worked the count to 3-2 before hitting a fastball back up the box that Wingenter fielded and threw home to start the inning-ending, 1-2-3 double play.

“I got to get that ball in air and hit it to the outfield -- at minimum sac fly, get the guy in from third,” Ahmed said. “But that guy is tough. He throws 98, he’s 6-foot-7 throws crossfire. I’m going to get him eventually. He’s gotten me a few times so far. I just kind of clipped that ball a little bit too deep. If I get that a little bit more out front, it’s probably a base hit up the middle. So, not the result I want, but I’ll learn from it.”

The D-backs had a pair of batters hit by pitches -- in the first inning and Escobar in the seventh -- and also a near miss or two as the Padres pitchers struggled with their command.

Their frustration seemed to bubble over when Escobar got hit and he yelled out at Wingenter, a rare show of emotion from the always-pleasant Escobar.

“I don’t think, by any means, they were throwing at our players,” Lovullo said. “That’s an obvious situation where they’re just trying to execute a game plan and they’re young pitchers and they’re going to make mistakes like that. You just don’t like to see your hitters get hit, period.”