Peralta's left field defense a plus for Diamondbacks in loss to Padres

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In a game lacking in exciting moments Wednesday at Chase Field, David Peralta did his part to give the Diamondbacks a chance in a game they lost 4-0 to the San Diego Padres.

Peralta tracked down two deep drives to within steps of the left field wall for outs, one off the bat of the Padres' Trent Grisham in the third inning and another one, in about the same spot, from Luke Voit to end the top of the fifth.

The Voit fly ball came with the Padres having taken the lead earlier in the inning, and with runners at first and third. It earned Peralta a glove tap from starting pitcher Madison Bumgarner coming back into the dugout.

"What you have to have is a knowledge of the ballpark," Peralta said in Spanish. "Where the wall is, and putting myself in position. Having a little experience helps to make the adjustment on the play."

Peralta also made a potential run-saving play in the eighth. He played the carom off the wall on a ball hit over his head to left, quickly retrieving and throwing into the infield to keep the fleet-footed Ha-Seong Kim from extra bases.

"I told Kim when he was on base that I tricked him, and he said he thought so," Peralta said with a smile. "He said he thought I was going to catch it because it looked like the ball slowed down.

"I was able to hold the runner to a single because these are things I practice during batting practice," Peralta said. "He can run really fast and if I pretend I catch it, maybe I can slow him down."

Peralta also flied out to deep right center field on the farthest-hit ball of the afternoon, 401 feet, and doubled in the bottom of the ninth.

June 29, 2022;  Phoenix, Arizona; USA; Diamondbacks outfielder David Peralta makes a catch at the wall agaisnt the Padres during a game at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Patrick Breen-Arizona Republic
June 29, 2022; Phoenix, Arizona; USA; Diamondbacks outfielder David Peralta makes a catch at the wall agaisnt the Padres during a game at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Patrick Breen-Arizona Republic

Protecting his players

Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said a moment between he and home plate umpire Andy Fletcher in the top of the fifth inning had to do with what Lovullo perceived to be a testy verbal exchange between Fletcher and catcher José Herrera.

It led to a two-out walk to the Padres' Jurickson Profar, who later scored, and an exchange of stares between Profar and Diamondbacks starting pitcher Madison Bumgarner.

"I want to protect my players, right? And I felt like the umpire was getting after (Herrera) and I just wanted it to stop immediately. Everybody stop talking, do your job and let's play some baseball. I don't know what was going on," Lovullo said. "I think he (Fletcher) and (Herrera) were in a lengthy discussion. I don't think it particularly involved 'Bum.' The bottom line is I think there is a right way and a wrong way to talk to umpires. I think there is a right way and a wrong way for umpires to talk to players. It looked like it was crossing the line and I just wanted to get guys back in, centered and playing some baseball."

June 29, 2022; Phoenix, Arizona; USA; Diamondbacks catcher Jose Herrera (36) looks back at the umpire after a foul ball against the Padres during a game at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Patrick Breen-Arizona Republic
June 29, 2022; Phoenix, Arizona; USA; Diamondbacks catcher Jose Herrera (36) looks back at the umpire after a foul ball against the Padres during a game at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Patrick Breen-Arizona Republic

Bumgarner said he wasn't sure what happened. Herrera said Fletcher told him he couldn't see all of Bumgarner's pitches very well, and it was just a conversation about that.

"I want to help my pitcher. He (Fletcher) thought a pitch was high, I thought it was there in the top of the (strike) zone," Herrera said in Spanish. "And he didn't see it well, so I was just protecting my pitcher. Nothing bad."

Herrera then asked Profar what was going on after he and Bumgarner took long looks at each other following the walk.

"Nothing else," Herrera said. He added that he is grateful for Lovullo for always looking out for him in such situations.

Walker for HR Derby?

Diamondbacks first baseman Christian Walker ended the day tied for second in the National League in home runs with 19, and tied for fifth overall in Major League Baseball. He was asked if he'd like to take part in the annual MLB All-Star Game Home Run Derby, which will take place July 18 at Dodger Stadium.

"I'd love it. It would be awesome, it would be an honor," Walker said. "If you appreciate hitting at all, I feel like it's fun to watch. I'd like to think I'm in the conversation, but there's a lot of really good hitters around the league. It's something I don't really put much thought into but it would be awesome to get asked to do, for sure."

Corbin Carroll update

Diamondbacks top prospect Corbin Carroll was placed on Double-A Amarillo’s COVID-19 injured list on Tuesday, farm director Josh Barfield said.

Carroll initially had been away from the team to undergo dental work but wound up testing positive, delaying the procedure, Barfield said.

Carroll, 21, an outfielder, ranks among the best prospects in all of the minor leagues. He is hitting .313/.430/.643 for Amarillo.

Poppen back in

Diamondbacks reliever Sean Poppen reported to Triple-A Reno after being optioned June 25, only to return to the Diamondbacks on Tuesday when Zach Davies went on the injured list.

His stay in Reno didn't last more than a couple of hours. Poppen arrived in Nevada, got to his hotel, got situated and answered a phone call from a number he recognized. It was the Diamondbacks calling to tell him to come back to Phoenix.

"It's baseball, man. It's a funny thing," Poppen said.

Poppen had just spoken with his wife and was watching TV.

"They said 'Baseball's a crazy game. Can you catch a four o'clock flight back?'" Poppen said. "Sure. A couple of plane rides, back, strike out some people."

The Republic's Nick Piecoro contributed to this report.

Get in touch with Jose Romero at Jose.Romero@gannett.com. Find him on Twitter at @RomeroJoseM. 

This article originally appeared on Arizona Republic: Arizona Diamondbacks' David Peralta uses little deception to his advantage