“It’s paramount. Because that’s what we’re going to need. As we’ve seen, the bullpen is taxed heavily when they don’t go deep. When you have two or three or four in a row that don’t go deep, we’re in deep trouble.”
- Chip Hale
The Astros blasted four home runs in support of left-hander Dallas Keuchel, who recorded his 20th win, as Houston moved a step closer to its first postseason berth in 10 years with a 21-5 rout of the D-backs on Friday night at Chase Field.
Finding the positives in life is often key when the deck gets stacked against you some days. The Arizona Diamondbacks can certainly attest to that frame of mind, as there was little to write home about in the D-backs’ floundering 21-5 loss to the Houston Astros in the first game of the final series of the season for Arizona Friday night at Chase Field.
Fox Sports Arizona and the Diamondbacks reached out to the sorority Thursday afternoon to offer them free tickets to another game, but the sorority declined and asked that the team provide the tickets to A New Leaf, an organization that supports victims of domestic violence.
Diamondbacks closer Brad Ziegler discusses his 2015 season and looks to 2016.
Back in spring training, Diamondbacks legend Randy Johnson talked about how he wanted to counsel the team’s young pitchers to dig deep. To refuse to give up the ball, to get that one extra out and pitch that one extra inning. That didn’t happen in 2015. This year, the Diamondbacks rotation was short on long performances, and it’s one thing Arizona knows needs to be fixed next year.
The Royals dealt the Twins a critical blow to their postseason chances, as Ben Zobrist connected on a go-ahead RBI double in the eighth in a 3-1 win on Friday night at Target Field.
The Rangers missed out on a chance to clinch the American League West, as the Angels pulled out a 2-1 victory in the ninth inning on Friday night.