"Probably the biggest (day) I've had, except for the one I got
called up on," said Spruill, who made his major league debut June
21, 2013. "I don't really know how to describe it.
"This," he added, pointing to a wide grin, "is all I can do right
Spruill (1-1) entered in the fifth inning and gave up only an
infield single and a walk in three scoreless innings during the
Diamondbacks' 8-6 victory over the San Diego Padres on Sunday at
Third baseman Aaron Hill, second baseman Chris Owings and first
baseman Mark Trumbo singled home runs in a five-run third inning,
when Arizona scored all its runs with two outs and benefitted from
two Padres miscues.
One Arizona run scored when the Padres failed to cover home plate.
Another scored on a dropped fly ball.
Spruill, who turned on Thursday, got his first victory in his 10th
major league appearance. He made two starts last season and another
one this year, but before Sunday, his past three outings were in
relief. Two were scoreless.
"I want to be here and I want to pitch," said Spruill, one of the
five players Arizona received from Atlanta in the Justin Upton deal.
"I don't care whether it is starting, relieving, long relieving,
First baseman Jake Goebbert had two hits and an RBI, and third
baseman Yangervis Solarte had two hits and scored twice for San
Diego (68-80), which has lost nine of its last 11.
Owings had two hits and Spruill doubled in his only at-bat for
Arizona (61-88), which won its past two games after a season-worst,
seven-game losing streak.
The Diamondbacks won all six series against San Diego, finishing
12-7 against the Padres this season.
Spruill entered to replace right-hander Trevor Cahill with a 5-4
lead and retired the first six batters he faced before giving up an
infield single to lead off the seventh inning. After a two-out walk,
Spruill got catcher Yasmani Grandal to pop out to end the inning.
"He has good deception," Arizona manager Kirk Gibson said. "He keeps
the ball down. His off-speed pitchers are coming. He just kept
himself out of trouble."
San Diego right-hander Odrisamer Despaigne (3-7) gave up six hits
and five runs (three earned) in 5 2/3 innings in his fourth start of
the season against the Diamondbacks. He went 1-2 with a 2.96 ERA
Owings singled in the first run of the five-run third inning before
center fielder A.J. Pollock walked. Trumbo singled up the middle,
with Owings scoring Pollock taking third. When Trumbo was caught
between first and second, Pollock broke for the plate and scored
when no one covered.
"We got guys hung up," Gibson said of the run-down play. "You do the
best you can."
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Pollock had a path to score when Grandal stood about 10 feet in
front of the plate and Despaigne was about 10 feet behind it,
backing up a throw from shortstop Alexi Amarista.
"'Yazzi' realizes he should have gone back to home as quickly as
possible," San Diego manager Bud Black said.
Trumbo scored when left fielder Cory Spangenberg dropped catcher
Miguel Montero's fly ball at the fence, and Hill's RBI single capped
the rally and made it 5-2.
Grandal gave San Diego a 1-0 lead with an RBI double in the second
inning, and left fielder Seth Smith singled home a run for 2-0 lead
in the third.
The Padres scored twice off Cahill to make it 5-4 in the fourth
inning. Goebbert doubled and scored on Spangenberg's groundout, and
another run scored on Cahill's wild pitch.
Arizona shortstop Didi Gregorius had two hits, scored twice and
drove in a run in a three-run eighth inning for an 8-4 lead.
Padres pinch hitter Adam Moore doubled in a run and Amarista drove
in another on a groundout in the ninth inning.
Cahill allowed four runs on five hits in four innings.
Despaigne is 1-6 with a 5.31 ERA on the road in his rookie season.
"It might help a little bit pitching at home," Despaigne said, with
catcher Rene Rivera interpreting. "(I) feel great on the road, too."
NOTES: Arizona OF Ender Inciarte, who has 16 stolen bases, could
become the second rookie to lead the team in steals in a season. OF
Luis Terrero led with 10 in 2004. OF Chris Young (27, 2007) has the
Diamondbacks' rookie record. ... San Diego OF Will Venable (back)
and OF Abraham Almonte (ankle) did not start for the third straight
game, but Almonte pinch-hit in the eighth inning and Venable
pinch-ran in the ninth. ... San Diego is 28-19 in one-run games, the
best record in the majors.
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