SAN DIEGO -- D-backs manager Chip Hale doesn't use Twitter, but he had a pretty good idea what the social media reaction among the fan base would be when it got a look at his lineup for Sunday's series finale with the Padres, which resulted in a 7-3 win.After playing
SAN DIEGO -- D-backs manager Chip Hale doesn't use Twitter, but he had a pretty good idea what the social media reaction among the fan base would be when it got a look at his lineup for Sunday's series finale with the Padres, which resulted in a 7-3 win.
After playing 14 innings Saturday night, and in a 20-day stretch without a day off, Hale did not start regulars first baseman Paul Goldschmidt, right fielder David Peralta, second baseman Jean Segura and catcher Welington Castillo.
"I think most people that saw the lineup were wondering what we were doing," Hale said. "But with all those innings last night we turned to our guys who didn't play as much and I'm very proud of them. They battled."
In the first inning it looked like Hale was not going to get the last laugh as the D-backs committed a pair of errors. First there was confusion on a bunt and neither backup first baseman Phil Gosselin or backup second baseman Brandon Drury were covering the bag.
Then Rickie Weeks Jr., who was getting his first start of the year in left, misplayed a ball. The errors led to a pair of unearned runs that allowed the Padres to erase Arizona's early advantage.
"That's the way it goes," Hale said. "The baseball will find you. We always joke that when you make a substitution usually the first ball is hit to that guy you put in. The bunt play we practice all spring and we have two guys that really aren't used to being out there we just didn't execute it the way we're supposed to. Rickie had a ball coming in just sank a little more than he thought."
That was not enough to keep the D-backs from winning their first series of the year, however, as Yasmany Tomas hit a pair of homers and Drury and Gosselin also contributed long balls of their own.
For Tomas it was the first multi-homer game of his career and it came as the result of keeping his stroke short at the plate, something he has worked hard at recently with hitting coach Dave Magadan.
"The first time I hit a homer I went to home plate and had a runner on second base and I just tried make contact and I hit it out," Tomas said. "It was an easy pitch to hit and I hit the ball really hard and it got out of the park. The second one I was ready at the first pitch and I was looking for a pitch middle in because I know [Robbie Erlin] throws changeups and that's what happened. I made good contact and the ball was gone."
Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB.