"I don't want to talk about the number of prospects, but it was a good number. It was uncomfortable. That's the best way I can put it. When something doesn't feel right in my stomach, then I don't normally do it."
- Dave Stewart
Welington Castillo and Jake Lamb launched back-to-back homers off reliever Pat Neshek to start the 10th inning and send the D-backs to a 6-4 win over the Astros in the series opener Friday night at Minute Maid Park.
Wellington Castillo and Jake Lamb homered to open the 10th inning, and the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Houston Astros 6-4 Friday night for their season-high sixth straight win. Castillo had three hits and finished a triple shy of the cycle. He hit the first pitch of the 10th from Pat Neshek (3-2) just inside the left-field foul pole for his 11th home run of the year.
The non-waiver trade deadline passed quietly for the Diamondbacks on Friday afternoon. Despite reports linking them to Cincinnati Reds closer Aroldis Chapman this week, the Diamondbacks did not consummate a deal for the hard-throwing left-hander. Nor did they complete a deal for anyone else.
"I don’t know that it was not wanting to trade within the division, but I can tell you the quality of players that they asked for — including our first baseman, Paul Goldschmidt…" Stewart couldn’t finish his sentence as he was interrupted by Gambo.
The D-backs made a strong play for Reds closer Aroldis Chapman, but in the end felt the price was too high and stood pat as the non-waiver Trade Deadline passed Friday afternoon.
But what if a team is in no-man’s land, not capable of making a run at the postseason but not so putrid that it should forfeit the season and trade anyone over the age of 30. You know, like the Diamondbacks.