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D-backs' five-run first buoys Bradley vs. Padres

October 1, 2016

PHOENIX -- The D-backs got to Clayton Richard before the San Diego left-hander could even record an out Saturday night. Yasmany Tomás' team-high 31st homer capped a five-run, first-inning rally in a 9-5 win over the Padres at Chase Field.Each of the first five batters in Arizona's lineup scored in

PHOENIX -- The D-backs got to Clayton Richard before the San Diego left-hander could even record an out Saturday night. Yasmany Tomás' team-high 31st homer capped a five-run, first-inning rally in a 9-5 win over the Padres at Chase Field.
Each of the first five batters in Arizona's lineup scored in the opening frame. Tomas made it 5-0 with an opposite-field, three-run blast to right, giving starter Archie Bradley a sizable lead to work with. Bradley (8-9) took advantage, tossing seven innings of two-run ball in his deepest outing since July 27. The right-hander allowed seven hits with no walks and a career-high 11 strikeouts.
"It was kind of what you draw up to finish the season," Bradley said. "You want to finish strong and send yourself into the offseason on a good note. Another positive is a team win, just an all-around team effort. When the offense goes out there and scores like that, the way they did, it's my job to go out there and get us back in the dugout as quick as I can."

Richard (3-4) had his worst outing since signing with the Padres in early August. He allowed a season-high seven runs (four earned) in 4 1/3 innings -- his shortest start of the year. The left-hander took his first loss since Aug. 20, which also came against the D-backs.
"The first inning, as a team, we were kind of playing under water, it seemed like," Richard said. "We were a little bit slow and sluggish. We left some plays on the field there. That was collective, it wasn't one person, it was collectively, myself included. We didn't do our job defensively, and that set the tone for the rest of the game."
Arizona's speed kills: The D-backs stole six bases against Padres catcher Derek Norris, often making it look easy. They executed a pair of double steals during the five-run rally in the first. Paul Goldschmidt swiped a career-high three bases, and in the fifth, he stole second and third before scoring on an error. Goldschmidt has 32 steals, the fourth most by a first baseman in a season in MLB history.
"I think anytime you're able to do that -- steal those bases -- I think it frustrates the other team," Hale said. "It frustrates the pitcher, the catcher, the manager, the guy giving the signs, the catching coach. It's frustrating because you work so hard for those things not to happen."
Afterward, Richard took responsibility for his inability to limit the run game, saying, "I have to do a better job of shutting it down. That's on me for not getting that job done. It cost us."

Not so glovely: Saturday's game was sloppy from the get-go for the Padres, as second baseman Carlos Asuaje opened the contest by committing his first big league error. In the fifth, right fielder Hunter Renfroe misplayed a Jean Segura double, before third baseman Yangervis Solarte mishandled a throw from Norris, allowing a run to score. Tack on a Norris passed ball and a wild pitch, and the Padres' defense had a rough day at the yard on Saturday.
"Handing those things to the other team gives them momentum," Padres manager Andy Green said. "And it's a lot to climb back from."

Archie's athleticism: Bradley, a former University of Oklahoma football commit as a quarterback, has no trouble fielding his position. He put his athleticism on display with a remarkable play to end the top of the fifth. After a liner knocked off his glove and the ball ended up on the third-base side of the mound, Bradley recovered, made an off-balance throw while falling and got it to first in time to retire Solarte.
"It was unbelievable," Hale said. "I was scared to death. I didn't realize it hit his glove. I thought it hit some part of his body." More >

Too little, too late: The Padres made things tight in the eighth with a three-run rally, ignited by Jon Jay's triple. Renfroe added an RBI double off the very top of the right-field wall, and the Padres would bring the tying run to the plate in the form of pinch-hitter Alex Dickerson. That's when the D-backs called on lefty reliever Steve Hathaway, who got Dickerson looking at a 95-mph fastball for strike three.

D-backs second baseman Segura is the first National League player to record 200 hits and 100 runs in a season since Milwaukee's Ryan Braun in 2009. Goldschmidt is the second first baseman in MLB history to record a 20-homer, 30-steal season, joining Houston's Jeff Bagwell in 1997.

Richard, who spent the first half of the season as a reliever for the Cubs, was released in late July, putting his future in serious jeopardy. The Padres gave him a chance, and he ran with it, making eight very solid starts, before Saturday's dud.
Richard is a free agent after the season, and he helped his cause considerably with a 2.52 ERA and 65 percent ground-ball rate in his nine starts for the Padres. He says he's very open to a return to San Diego.
"I love it here, my family loves it here," Richard said. "It'll be a situation where we have to kind of see what's best for me and my family. ... It's something that, in the offseason, here in the next month or so, we'll be able to tell a little bit more. It's first class here, and I've enjoyed it."
That feeling is mutual.
"Today's not the day he wanted to have, but I think you look at the whole body of work, he was outstanding," Green said. "Personally, I'd love to have him back. Collectively, we'll sit down and have discussions about what it takes to get him back here."

Padres:Paul Clemens takes the hill at Chase Field on Sunday at 12:10 p.m. PT. The right-hander wasn't expected to make the start until Jarred Cosart went down with a bone spur in his right elbow. Nonetheless, Clemens will be on four days' rest, and the Padres have a seemingly endless bullpen available for their season finale.
D-backs: The 2016 season concludes on Sunday afternoon at 12:10 p.m. MST in the series finale at Chase Field. Matt Koch (1-1, 2.25) makes his second career start after allowing just two runs on one hit in five innings against the Nationals on Tuesday. The rookie right-hander has never faced the Padres.
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AJ Cassavell covers the Padres for Follow him on Twitter @ajcassavell.

Jake Rill is an associate reporter for