San Diego at Arizona

San Diego
W: J. Collmenter (8-8) L: W. LeBlanc (2-3)
HR: SD - None   ARI - None

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PHOENIX -- Kicking off an important homestand, the NL West-leading Arizona Diamondbacks wanted to be aggressive early, hopefully put some pressure on San Diego to keep their momentum going.

Arizona did just that -- got some plenty of help from the Padres, too.

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Josh Collmenter pitched effectively into the sixth inning and the Diamondbacks took advantage of San Diego's shaky defense to beat the Padres 5-0 on Friday night.

"We came out very aggressive, we stole four bags on them, and kind of forced some action," Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson said. "We'll take it like that when it's available. We'll take runs any way we can get them."

Arizona put pressure on San Diego early with aggressive baserunning and the Padres had no answer, fumbling and bumbling their way to three errors in the first two innings.

Collmenter (8-8) had his fourth consecutive solid outing, allowing six singles in 5 1/3 innings, and combined with four relievers for Arizona's second shutout during a four-game winning streak that has the Diamondbacks three games ahead of San Francisco in the division.

"Anytime you can get a few runs before you go out for the second is huge," Collmenter said. "A lot of times, one run can make the difference, help your confidence."

The Diamondbacks, with San Diego's help, gave Collmenter a nice cushion, scoring all of their runs off San Diego starter Wade LeBlanc (2-3) in the first two innings. The Padres never fully recovered, holding Arizona without a run the rest of the way, but going 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position.

"I don't know if I ever have seen and inning go like that first inning," LeBlanc said. "Obviously, it put us in a big hole. There wasn't a whole lot hit hard in that first inning, but they put them where they needed to put them."

Arizona had surged to the top of the NL West, only to slide back with a six-game losing streak.

In danger of spiraling downward, the Diamondbacks recovered to make it a respectable road trip, closing it out with three consecutive victories against Washington for their first division lead this late in the season for the first time since 2008.

Heading home for a crucial six-game homestand against NL West opponents, the Diamondbacks hoped to keep it going behind Collmenter.

The over-the-the-top-throwing rookie did his part, retiring the first eight batters he faced while allowing less than two runs for the fourth straight start.

The Diamondbacks -- with plenty of help from San Diego -- made sure Collmenter didn't have to work too hard, scoring four runs in the first.

Arizona had five hits in the opening inning and Padres catcher Nick Hundley sent two runs across the plate with throwing errors -- the first coming when he hit Ryan Roberts' swinging bat while trying to throw out Willie Bloomquist as he attempted to steal third.

Right fielder Will Venable also had a not-so-graceful belly flop attempting to catch Paul Goldschmidt's pop-up down the line and left fielder Kyle Blanks went down awkwardly on Aaron Hill's double, adding to the ugliness.

It continued in the second inning, when first baseman Jesus Guzman dropped a throw by Logan Forsythe to allow another run, making it 5-0.

Those early problems helped wear out LeBlanc, who threw 91 pitches in four innings while allowing five runs -- four, somehow, were earned -- on seven hits. In his fifth stint with the Padres this season, LeBlanc hadn't allowed more than three runs in seven previous starts.

"The difference today was they bunched their hits in the first inning and got their runs," Padres manager Bud Black said.

After those first two shaky innings, the game was filled with some spectacular defensive plays, including two by Forsythe in the fourth, one by Roberts at third for the Diamondbacks in the fifth and an against-the-wall grab in center by San Diego's Cameron Maybin in the seventh. Arizona right fielder Justin Upton also made a nice sliding catch in the eighth.


  • Bloomquist led off the game with a double to break an 0-for-12 streak.
  • Andy Parrino, called up by the Padres before the game, flied out to center as a pinch hitter in his first career at-bat in the seventh inning.
  • San Diego right-hander Aaron Harang (12-3), Saturday's starter, is 6-0 in nine road starts this season despite a 4.65 ERA away from Petco Park.
  • Arizona left-hander Joe Saunders (8-11), who will pitch against Harang, has lost his past three decisions and has a 7.00 ERA over his past three starts.
  • Arizona has won nine of 12 at home against San Diego.
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Will Venable's face plant while trying to catch  Paul Goldschmidt's pop-up typifies San Diego's first inning of defense.  (AP)
Will Venable's face plant while trying to catch Paul Goldschmidt's pop-up typifies San Diego's first inning of defense. (AP)

Players of the Game

J. Upton
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 0
San Diego

J. Bartlett
AB 4
R 0
H 2
HR 0

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History of home-plate collisions (0:48)
San Diego Padres
Will Venable, RF4010013 .265
Jason Bartlett, SS4020002 .247
Cameron Maybin, CF4000012 .275
Jesus Guzman, 1B4010010 .329
Orlando Hudson, 2B4010002 .261
Kyle Blanks, LF4000013 .250
Nick Hundley, C4010010 .272
Logan Forsythe, 3B4020001 .220
Wade LeBlanc, P0000000 .182
   a- Aaron Cunningham, PH1010000 .185
    Ernesto Frieri, P0000000 .000
   b- Andy Parrino, PH1000001 .000
    Anthony Bass, P0000000 .000
    Joe Thatcher, P0000000 .000
   c- Alberto Gonzalez, PH1000000 .226
a-singled for LeBlanc in the 5th
b-flied out for Frieri in the 7th
c-grounded out for Thatcher in the 9th
SH - Wade LeBlanc (2)
SB - Jason Bartlett (23, 2nd base off Collmenter/Blanco)
Team LOB - 9
E - Jesus Guzman (3, Missed catch of throw), Nick Hundley 2 (4, Throwing)
San Diego Padres
Wade LeBlanc (L,2-3) 4754220 5.02
Ernesto Frieri 2000010 3.33
Anthony Bass 1200010 1.71
Joe Thatcher 1000020 7.71
Pitches-Strikes - Wade LeBlanc 91-59, Ernesto Frieri 21-15, Anthony Bass 17-13, Joe Thatcher 12-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Wade LeBlanc 7-4, Ernesto Frieri 1-4, Anthony Bass 1-1
Batters Faced - Wade LeBlanc 22, Ernesto Frieri 6, Anthony Bass 5, Joe Thatcher 3
Arizona Diamondbacks
Willie Bloomquist, SS4110001 .258
Ryan Roberts, 3B3020110 .260
Justin Upton, RF3120100 .300
Chris Young, CF4111014 .232
Paul Goldschmidt, 1B4110004 .261
Aaron Hill, 2B4011002 .223
Gerardo Parra, LF4000031 .285
Henry Blanco, C4000001 .230
Josh Collmenter, P2110000 .172
    Brad Ziegler, P0000000 .000
   a- Sean Burroughs, PH1000000 .256
    Micah Owings, P0000000 .222
    Bryan Shaw, P0000000 .000
   b- Collin Cowgill, PH1000010 .140
    Joe Paterson, P0000000 .000
a-grounded out for Ziegler in the 6th
b-struck out for Shaw in the 8th
2B - Willie Bloomquist (9, LeBlanc), Justin Upton (36, LeBlanc), Aaron Hill (16, LeBlanc)
RBI - Chris Young (61), Aaron Hill (47)
SB - Willie Bloomquist (14, off LeBlanc/Hundley), Ryan Roberts (16, 2nd base off LeBlanc/Hundley), Chris Young (19, off LeBlanc/Hundley), Paul Goldschmidt (3, 3rd base off LeBlanc/Hundley)
Team LOB - 7
Arizona Diamondbacks
Josh Collmenter (W,8-8) 5.1600040 3.19
Brad Ziegler 0.2000000 2.40
Micah Owings 1200000 2.50
Bryan Shaw 1100000 2.95
Joe Paterson 1000010 2.64
Pitches-Strikes - Josh Collmenter 101-64, Brad Ziegler 6-4, Micah Owings 27-17, Bryan Shaw 15-11, Joe Paterson 13-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Josh Collmenter 6-6, Brad Ziegler 1-1, Micah Owings 2-1, Bryan Shaw 1-2, Joe Paterson 2-0
Batters Faced - Josh Collmenter 22, Brad Ziegler 2, Micah Owings 5, Bryan Shaw 4, Joe Paterson 3
Game Information
Attendance - 34074
Game Time - 2:52
Temperature - 80
Umpires - Home - Eric Cooper, First Base - Mark Carlson, Second Base - Tim Timmons, Third Base - Jeff Kellogg