Seth Beer walks off Opening Night vs Padres


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The Diamondbacks opened the 2022 season against the San Diego Padres at Chase Field.

James Mackey and Jared Heath

After a lockout lengthened offseason, shortened Spring Training, and crazy free agency, the 2022 MLB season began on Thursday.

The Diamondbacks drew a match with the San Diego Padres at Chase Field.

Ace of the rotation Madison Bumgarner started his eighth Opening Day game with a 10 pitch, 1-2-3 first inning.

The Padres had threatened as the bases were loaded with two outs in the third.

San Diego scored the first run of their two on the night after Luke Voit drew a walk, and Ha-Seong Kim came across the plate to score, 1-0 Padres.

Bumgarner struck out Wil Myers to get out of the jam.

Bumgarner was removed following the third inning, after throwing 42 pitches in the frame alone. He finished the day with two strikeouts and a no-decision.

Luke Weaver relieved Bumgarner and was pulled in the fourth inning with two outs, after Austin Nola singled, and brought Kim across the plate again for run number two, 2-0 Padres.

San Diego’s hurler Yu Darvish held the Diamondbacks hitless in his six-inning showing, striking out three.

Pavin Smith broke the no-hitter on his leadoff at-bat in the seventh with a single, and Seth Beer recorded his first of two hits with a single of his own.

In the ninth, Padres reliever Robert Suarez walked Christian Walker and Smith and pelted Carson Kelly to load the bases.

He was relieved by Craig Stammen.

Stammen threw a wild pitch, and Walker crossed the plate to score, and bring the Diamondbacks within one, 2-1 Padres.

Beer called game as he launched a ball into the seats in right field on a pitch low and outside of the zone to walk it off for the Diamondbacks, 4-2 final.

The series continues through the weekend before the Diamondbacks have a day off in prep for a two-game series with the Houston Astros.