Luke Weaver stands on the mound after giving up a two-run home run to Franmil Reyes on Monday. (Photo: Denis Poroy/Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO – Franmil Reyes was not interested in a pitching duel at Petco Park.
After 5 2/3 innings of one-hit ball from Diamondbacks right-hander Luke Weaver, Padres third baseman Greg Garcia notched a two-out single and Reyes blasted a 422-foot home run to left-center field to give the Padres a 2-1 win on Monday in San Diego.
Weaver and Padres right-hander Chris Paddack combined to retire the first 12 batters of the game before Diamondbacks shortstop Nick Ahmed led off the third inning with a single. Ahmed reached base three times in the game, the only player from both teams to do so.
The Diamondbacks took a 1-0 lead in the third inning when center fielder Jarrod Dyson plated Ahmed with a fielder’s choice.
Things remained quiet until the sixth inning when the Padres mounted their two-out rally against Weaver, who had retired nine straight before Garcia’s single. Then Reyes unloaded on a first-pitch cutter for his 15th home run of the season.
In 17 career games against the Diamondbacks, Reyes has five home runs, his highest total against any team. Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo acknowledged Reyes’ volatility at the plate.
“It’s extension and he wants to catch it and backspin it,” Lovullo said of Reyes. “You can’t make mistakes to him. The league is still trying to identify some soft landing spots where we can limit the damage. But he’s a good player.
“He’s a good hitter, and when you make a mistake, that can happen.”
Weaver was lamenting that mistake after the game, suggesting that he might have benefitted from stepping off the mound to think through the pitch selection. To that point, Weaver had been dominant with his four-seam fastball, an offering that produced weak contact from Padres hitters all night long.
“That one just hurts,” Weaver said of Reyes’ home run. “You work your butt off to get to that point in the game. … Hindsight is 20-20, but I just felt like in that pitch it wasn’t the right call and I kind of knew it before I threw it. It’s just a mental error in my mind. I should have stepped off to gather or think about it or just throw something else.”
Although he didn’t encounter much traffic on the base paths, Weaver said he never felt comfortable pitching …read more
Source:: Daily Times