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D-backs bats can't solve Young, Padres

D-backs bats can't solve Young, Padres

PHOENIX -- In Monday's opener, the D-backs offense was relentless from the first pitch, making the pitcher work for everything he got.

One day later, not so much.

"We didn't show up offensively for a long time," D-backs manager A.J. Hinch said after watching his club fall, 6-3, to the Padres in front of 19,177 at Chase Field.

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San Diego starter Chris Young deserves some credit. The right-hander kept the D-backs hitless through 3 1/3 innings and allowed just one hit through six innings.

Young, who missed the second half of last season with a shoulder problem, is 6-foot-10, and he used every available inch to make things difficult for the D-backs.

"His angle is a little bit different, he's able to move his pitches around," Hinch said. "He threw above our barrel. He misses in the high part of the strike zone and we didn't have great discipline high in the strike zone early, and it felt like the harder we swung the more he was able to tease us with pitches that were just in the strike zone."

Said D-backs outfielder Chris Young, "You're used to the ball coming in at a downward angle, but his kind of flattens out. The thing with him is you have to keep the ball out of the air."

That was easier said than done, as 16 of the 18 outs Young recorded were either in the air or came via the strikeout.

While Young was having success, Edwin Jackson was not as sharp in his D-backs debut.

The right-hander, who came over in a three-team deal with the Yankees and Tigers, saw the Padres foul off a lot of pitches and push his pitch count up quickly.

In the first inning, Jackson reached 98 mph on the stadium radar gun as he retired the Padres in order.

"It was an adrenaline rush," he said. "You have to kind of step back off the mound and calm down and take a deep breath."

In the second, with runners on first and second and two out, Jackson tried to go inside with an 0-1 fastball to No. 8 hitter Evereth Cabrera and instead caught too much of the plate, and Cabrera ripped a double to the gap in left-center to give the Padres a 2-0 lead.

"We had a pretty good game plan with him," Hinch said of Cabrera. "We wanted to try to beat him up with the velocity, but we didn't get the ball above his barrel and he got the ball in the gap."

Jackson allowed a homer to Will Venable in the fourth and departed after the fifth having thrown 94 pitches and trailing, 3-0.

"He had fallen into a pattern with his secondary pitches," Hinch said of Jackson. "He was throwing a lot of breaking balls early. They made a pretty good adjustment to the way he was pitching. They stayed through the middle. They didn't hit a ton of balls really hard, but they made him work."

When he was asked about that after the game Jackson said, "I was just seeing the sign and throwing the ball. I wasn't really paying attention to how many off-speed or how many fastballs I was throwing or any pattern."

Arizona reliever Leo Rosales gave up a pair of runs in the sixth, so by the time the D-backs' offense came alive for three runs in the seventh off the San Diego bullpen, it only cut the score to 5-3.

"We had a little 'too little, too late' offense," Hinch said.

Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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