Diamondbacks 4, Padres 1
PHOENIX (AP)—The Arizona Diamondbacks finished their worst year on a winning streak.
Three years after Arizona beat the New York Yankees in Game 7 of the World Series, the Diamondbacks went a major league-worst 51-111, breaking the previous team record for losses, set when Arizona finished 65-97 in its initial season, 1998.
“Finally I can get some sleep and just relax,” said manager Al Pedrique, who went 22-61 after taking over for Bob Brenly on July 2. “But I have mixed feelings. It was a great opportunity for me.”
Even with wins Saturday and Sunday, Arizona tied for the 10th-most losses by a team in major league history and finished with the most in the National League since the 1965 New York Mets went 50-112. The Diamondbacks, tied with Milwaukee for the fewest home runs in the major leagues at 135, hit three in a game for the first time since May 19, an 11-inning win at Atlanta.
Brandon Webb (7-16), who had been 0-2 in five starts since beating Los Angeles 3-1 on Sept. 1, allowed one run and five hits in seven innings and walked none. Webb led the major leagues in walks (119) and wild pitches (17).
“It was definitely my best performance,” Webb said. “It was my only outing of the year that I didn’t have a walk. That was definitely one of the pluses.”
David Wells (12-8) gave up four runs and six hits in five innings, allowing DeVore’s third homer of the season, Hammock’s fourth and Brito’s third. Wells had been 6-0 in 10 starts since losing to Pittsburgh on Aug. 7.
“You go from broken bats to bombs,” Wells said. “I don’t understand that. I’m going out there trying to win. You know, my adrenaline was there, my game plan. It was just, the guy hit a couple of good pitches.”
Arizona backed Webb with power, unusual for the Diamondbacks this season. Arizona, tied with Milwaukee for the fewest home runs in the major leagues at 135, hit three in a game for the first time since May 19, an 11-inning win at Atlanta.
“I think he was leaving the ball up a little bit in certain counts,” DeVore said of Wells. “But he came back after I hit the home run—in my next at-bat, he just made three of the best pitches. I couldn’t even take the bat off my shoulder. He got real good real quick.”
Hammock homered in the second inning, but Freddy Guzman’s RBI single tied it in the third. DeVore hit a two-run homer in the bottom half for a 3-1 lead, and Brito homered in the fourth.
San Diego, eliminated from playoff contention Friday night, finished at 87-75, the Padres best record since they went 98-64 in 1998 and won the NL pennant.
“It’s always disappointing when you’re close but don’t get there,” Padres manager Bruce Bochy said. “It’s been a pretty good year, but it could have been a great year and we’re disappointed. It’s a big turnaround from last year, though, and we’ll learn from this.”
Wells remained at 212 victories, tied with Chief Bender for 78th on the career list. … RHP Justin Germano, the first reliever, faced only two batters before leaving the game with what Bochy said was a mild elbow strain. … The Diamondbacks’ home paid attendance was 2,519,560, the eighth-highest average in the NL at 31,106.