Rosales knocks in 4 as Padres top D-backs

September 21st, 2016

SAN DIEGO -- ' two-run sixth-inning homer was the decisive blow Tuesday night, as the Padres withstood a 70-minute Petco Park rain delay before the game to notch their second consecutive victory over the D-backs, 5-2.

"I threw pretty good pitches, he hit a pretty good pitch," D-backs reliever said of the Rosales homer. "I thought he didn't get a good swing on it initially and it carried out, but other than that I'm not overly disappointed with my outing."

After first pitch was pushed back by the first weather delay in San Diego this season, Padres starter turned in his longest outing of the season. He tossed 5 2/3 solid frames, before he was struck in the right palm by a comebacker. Clemens hopped off the mound to make the play, but he was visibly shaken up afterward.

The right-hander would get to bounce into what appeared to be an inning-ending grounder, but it was booted by shortstop . One batter later, made Sardinas and the Padres pay, launching a game-tying two-run shot into the home bullpen.

"I just started throwing instead of thinking about my pitches because I was thinking about my thumb," Clemens said after the game. "Those things are just challenges and you have to learn how to separate that from your job, and just do your job -- whatever the conditions or whatever you're dealing with. So a learning experience in that regard."

Clemens had X-rays after the game, which came back negative and Padres manager Andy Green said that he should be fine for his next start. Reliever got the final out of the sixth to notch his first career win.

Arizona right-hander allowed two runs while striking out seven over five frames. He allowed only two hits, both doubles by , while the rest of the San Diego lineup finished 0-for-14 against him.


Rosy response: It didn't take long for the Padres to regain the lead after Clemens had coughed it up. Rosales launched his second homer in three days into the right-field seats, plating . For Schimpf, it marked the third run of the day -- despite the fact that he didn't record a hit.

"Rosales coming through with another big game for us," Green said. "He's been outstanding. You know, he's gotten limited opportunity this year and he's taken full advantage of all of his opportunities. He's fun to watch play baseball. If I was a fan showing up at the ballpark and I had a son, I'd be pointing to [him]: 'Watch that guy play. That's the way that I want you to play.'"

Goldy gone: Goldschmidt's homer in the sixth was his first since Aug. 24. The slugger had gone 98 plate appearances in between homers, a 21-game span in which he drove in just seven runs.

"Just trying to get on base and got a fastball down the middle and was able to hit it hard and get it out of there," Goldschmidt said. "It was nice to be able to tie up the game there. I'm not trying to hit a home run, but will obviously take it." More >

Double, double: Dickerson peppered both sides of the ballpark for his two two-baggers. He smacked a double to left in the second, plating the Padres' first run. Then, in the fourth, he launched a double just over the head of right fielder , moving Schimpf to third. Schimpf would score one batter later on the first of two Rosales sacrifice flies.

"He's been kind of off the fastball lately," Green said of Dickerson. "...My favorite swing of the day was when he caught that fastball [in the second inning] and drove it in the left-center gap and scored Schimpf early in the game for us. That's something he's been late on, so getting back on the fastball's big for him because he can always hit offspeed."

Bullpen hiccup: The D-backs bullpen had been pitching better of late having compiled a 3.09 ERA in its last seven games. Tuesday, though, Godley was unable to keep the momentum going. After Goldschmidt's home run in the top of the sixth tied things up, Godley walked the leadoff batter in the bottom half of the inning and then allowed a two-run homer to give the lead back to the Padres.

"Obviously the [home run] pitch, but other than that his stuff was pretty good," D-backs manager Chip Hale said. "But again the leadoff walk to Schimpf, it's tough, in this league you walk a guy to leadoff an inning and it's just not going to bode well for you."


"I've been in the situation before where I didn't finish strong one year. This year, that's my goal, is to play like it's August. Don't play like it's September. Play like it means something; like it matters. Hope I can kind of display that to the younger kids too." -- Rosales on his strong past few months and showing his younger teammates how to go through a full season


Tuesday's rain delay was the only such occurrence at Petco Park this season -- and the first since May 14, 2015. The Padres' last postponement came on July 19, 2015, a game that was called before first-pitch time, meaning it never technically entered a delay.


The Padres held off on calling up some of their top prospects until the conclusion of the Triple-A playoffs, which ended Tuesday night with El Paso's 3-1 loss to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. With the Minor League season over, the Padres will add several players Wednesday, including their No. 2 prospect, outfielder . More >


D-backs: will take the mound Wednesday night in the final game of the three-game set. The right-hander has pitched decently his last two times out allowing six runs over 12 innings, but he is still looking for his first win since Aug. 30. First pitch is 6:10 p.m.

Padres: The Padres send to the hill for Wednesday's series finale, which is slated for 6:10 p.m. PT. The rookie right-hander is tops in the National League with a 59 percent ground-ball rate. He's coming off a solid outing in which he outdueled in San Francisco.

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