James Shields collected a handful of notable milestones on Sunday, as he recorded both his ninth consecutive season of pitching 200 innings or more while also tying former Padres pitcher Jake Peavy for fourth on the franchise single-season strikeout list. Shields' 216 strikeouts on the year tie Peavy's mark during the 2005 season. Shields showed signs of excellence on Sunday, but he struggled to keep the ball in the yard against Arizona as the D-backs took the series finale, 4-2.
Shields surrendered four earned runs on nine hits and four walks over 6 and 1/3 innings. He stranded five D-backs baserunners and struck out eight at the plate. However, he surrendered three home runs -- two to Ender Inciarte, who went 4-for-4 with three RBI off Shields -- that ultimately proved to be too much for the Padres.
The Padres' bullpen did an excellent job in relief of Shields, as righty Nick Vincent extended his current scoreless streak to 13 2/3 with two-thirds of an inning on Sunday, while Jon Edwards and Shawn Kelly each contributed scoreless innings as well. Edwards similarly extended his scoreless streak to 8 1/3 innings. The pitching corps combined for 11 strikeouts while also stranding 10 D-backs baserunners.
The D-backs recorded 11 strikeouts against the Swinging Friars as well while also stranding seven Padres baserunners. Outside of an RBI triple from Travis Jankowski and an RBI single from Cory Spangenberg in the fifth inning, the Padres struggled to manufacture a big inning.
Spangenberg collected his 20th RBI of 2015 after going 1-for-3, while Jankowski notched the ninth RBI of his young career after also going 1-for-3. Brett Wallace collected a base knock, along with Jedd Gyorko, while Shields recorded his second double of the season before coming around to score the Padres' first run.
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