Rookie talent on display in rout of D-backs

Rookie talent on display in rout of D-backs

SAN DIEGO -- The way Luis Perdomo was dealing Sunday afternoon at Petco Park, the rookie right-hander didn't need much run support.

The Padres' bats gave it to him anyway.

Perdomo allowed just an unearned run and five hits over seven impressive frames, leading the Padres to a 9-1 victory over the D-backs in the series finale. A Rule 5 selection during the offseason, Perdomo continues to cement his status as a piece of the Padres' rotation in 2017 and beyond.

"He's just going to get better," said Padres catcher Christian Bethancourt. "He's having fun now, using all his stuff. It was just fun to catch him; I didn't even sweat today."

Perdomo's rapid improvement surprises Padres

Offensively, San Diego's rookie outfielders stole the show. Travis Jankowski and Alex Dickerson each went deep, while Patrick Kivlehan finished 2-for-2 with two walks, three runs and an RBI.

For the D-backs, Brandon Drury was the lone offensive bright spot, going 2-for-3 with an RBI single in the seventh inning. Right-hander Braden Shipley was roughed up for seven runs over 5 1/3 -- his second consecutive poor outing after three straight quality starts.

"They hit the ball well today," D-backs manager Chip Hale said. "I thought we hit the ball well at times and balls were right at guys. It's just they outplayed us today and beat us. We couldn't stop the damage."

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Touch 'em all, Travis: Jankowski's home run was the fourth of his career, but the first at Petco Park. In the process, he extended his on-base streak to 20 games, which is the longest active mark in the National League.

"Being a leadoff guy, that's my main objective -- to get on base," Jankowski said. "I know if I can get on base, we can get things rolling. We've got a really good offense, and it all starts with someone getting on base."

Jankowski's two-run smash

Shipley good … then not: Shipley appeared to be on top of his game when he needed just five pitches to get through the first inning and 10 to retire the Padres in order in the second. Things took a turn for the worse in the third when Jankowski hit his homer on an 0-2 pitch and they didn't get better for Shipley as he wound up allowing seven runs in 5 1/3 innings.

"I felt like my stuff today was the best it's been overall," Shipley said. "Just was unfortunate what happened today, but like I said it will turn around and stuff is going to start clicking here." More >

Shipley sits down Bethancourt

That's a start: Kivlehan played a role in each of the Padres' four run-scoring rallies. With his RBI single in the sixth, Kivlehan became the fourth Padre in history to begin his career with consecutive multi-hit games -- joining Jankowski, John Sipin and Juan Bonilla. He would later join Anthony Rizzo as the only Padres in history to reach base six times in their first two games. 

"Honestly I was way more nervous before the game, like the five hours leading up to yesterday, than I was during the game," Kivlehan said. "Once I got out there and started playing it was just like any other game." More

Rosales' triple plates Kivlehan

Get low: Shipley's sixth-inning changeup to Dickerson wasn't a bad pitch by any means, as it crossed the plate about three inches below the knees. But Dickerson golfed it into the right-field seats for his eighth homer, giving the Padres a 5-0 lead. They'd score twice more in the frame to chase Shipley.

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"He's got every opportunity to be in the rotation next year. It's hard to guarantee a guy a rotation spot in August of the preceding season. But he's going to be competing for a spot. He's going to have every opportunity to win it, and based on what I see with my own eyes, expect him to." -- Green on Perdomo

Perdomo's solid start

WHAT'S NEXT
D-backs:
After the four-game trip to San Diego the D-backs return home to open a seven-game homestand Monday against the Braves at 6:40 p.m. MST. Zack Godley will get the start and the right-hander has gone 1-0 with a 1.98 ERA over his last three appearances (one start).

Padres: Veteran right-hander Edwin Jackson faces one of his many former teams, as the Padres play host to the Cubs on Monday night. First pitch is slated for 7:10 p.m. PT. Jackson, who appeared in 82 games for the North Siders from 2013-15, struggled against Tampa Bay in his last start, but has been quality in four of his six outings for San Diego.

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AJ Cassavell covers the Padres for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ajcassavell.

Steve Gilbert has covered the D-backs for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB.

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