Padres can't pick up hot Lamet, drop opener to Diamondbacks

Kevin Acee, The San Diego Union-Tribune on

Published in Baseball

PHOENIX -- There was a lot of heat awaiting the Arizona Diamondbacks as they returned home from a six-game road trip.

They survived both waves on Friday, as they beat the San Diego Padres 5-1 at open-roofed Chase Field.

It hit 117 degrees here Friday. At least that was a dry heat, unlike the filth the Diamondbacks faced from Dinelson Lamet.

They might not have been as helpless as when facing him six days earlier. But Lamet did not allow a hit until David Peralta just beat out a single with two out in the fourth inning.

Kole Calhoun didn't wreck Lamet's no-hitter this time, but he did break a scoreless tie with a line drive into the visitors' bullpen beyond right field leading off the sixth inning. Daulton Varsho's bunt single with two outs in the fifth was the only other hit against Lamet in his six innings Friday.

Meanwhile, the heat did nothing for the Padres' bats, as their scoreless streak ran to 16 innings before Wil Myers' double and Jake Cronenworth's single in the ninth inning created the Padres' lone run of the night. The Padres have scored three runs in their last 31 innings.


It was the first time in three starts Lamet did not take a no-hitter into the sixth inning.

Sunday against the Diamondbacks at Petco Park, Calhoun's homer leading off the seventh was the only hit against Lamet in 6 2/3 innings. On Aug. 4 against the Dodgers at Petco, Cody Bellinger's single with two outs in the sixth was the first of two hits Lamet allowed in 5 2/3 innings.

Friday was the second time in six days and third time in three weeks Lamet faced the Diamondacks.

"We know that we've got somebody who's throwing the ball extremely well early on in this abbreviated season and we've got a great challenge ahead of us," Arizona manager Torey Lovullo said before Friday's game. "But we've seen him now, this will be our third time. I feel like that familiarity is going to allow us to go out there and do some things and be a little bit more comfortable, a little bit more aggressive with our swings and pinpoint exactly where the ball is going to be landing. Hopefully it's going to be landing on our barrel. I know our guys are ready for this challenge. They've been talking about it for a couple days."


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