The Arizona Diamondbacks did not wait long to pounce on struggling San Diego Padres right-hander Jered Weaver on Friday, scoring eight runs in the first inning to set a franchise record for first-inning runs on the road.
— Arizona Diamondbacks (@Dbacks) May 20, 2017
Jake Lamb got things going for Arizona’s outburst, blasting a three-run homer to deep right field to score Paul Goldschmidt and Gregor Blanco. Brandon Drury then added a homer of his own, sending a two-run shot to left-center to put the Diamondbacks up 5-0 with just one out.
Weaver’s counterpart, right-hander Taijuan Walker, got into the action with an RBI single up the middle that sent Padres manager Andy Green to the mound and Weaver out of the game. The 34-year-old right-hander entered Friday’s start having allowed 14 homers, the most of National League pitchers. He’s now allowed 16 home runs in 42.1 innings.
The Texas Rangers enjoyed a similar outburst against Weaver on May 9, as he allowed seven runs and two homers in three innings.
Miguel Diaz came in to relieve Weaver but that didn’t change much for Arizona. David Peralta welcomed Diaz to the game with an RBI single to score Walker. Peralta’s run-scoring single was charged to Weaver, who allowed seven runs on five hits and walked two in 2/3 innings of work.
Arizona ended its onslaught of runs after Lamb walked with the bases loaded to score Blanco, collecting his fourth RBI of the inning. Diaz got Yasmany Tomas to strike out looking to mercifully end the frame. Diaz was able to hold Arizona scoreless in the second inning.