Jeremy Hellickson seemed to spend a lot of time pitching out of the stretch, which inevitably brought things grinding to a halt. The first three outs took 16 minutes, and that largely set the tone for the afternoon. Still, if you're pitching a shutout, you can take as long as you want. Hellickson scattered four hits and three walks over six innings, with six strikeouts, throwing a total of 94 pitches, completing a series where our rotation allowed one run over 27 innings of work. Andrew Chafin, David Hernandez and Brad Ziegler took the lead the rest of the way, Hernandez fanning two of the three batters he faced.
The Diamondbacks struggled offensive early on, wasting a number of chances with a runner on third and less than two outs. Still, they got on the board in the fourth with a Jake Lamb tripled, which scored A.J. Pollock. It remained a one-run game until the sixth, when Chris Owings came off the bench to deliver a pair of key, and very welcome, insurance runs batted in with a double. Ender Inciarte and Lamb each had two hits; Pollock reached base three times on a hit and a pair of walks, and Paul Goldschmidt, inevitably, was on base twice, with a hit and his league-leading 22nd intentional walk.
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