Zack Godley toughed out five innings of work in a spot-start for injured Zack Greinke. Despite Godley giving up four runs and Brad Ziegler surrendering his first home run of the season, the Diamondbacks’ offense was enough to carry the team to a rare home win. Rickie Weeks mashed a three-run home run, Michael Bourn had three hits, and newly-named All-star, Paul Goldschmidt went 1-for-2 with an RBI.
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It would figure the team finally wins a home game when the stadium is emptier than it has ever been since opening in 1998. Tuesday’s game against San Diego only drew 14, 110 fans. With the third-lowest crowd ever recorded on May 31, there is plenty of reason to believe the team may be revisiting this record a few more times this season.
Diamondbacks third baseman, Jake Lamb is very quietly putting up some gaudy offensive numbers, making him one of the most potent bats in all of the National League. Now if only he could hit left-handed pitching…
Injured Diamondbacks star outfielder, A.J. Pollock resumed baseball activities on Monday, once again throwing a baseball using his surgically repaired elbow. Pollock remains on track to rejoin the team in mid-to-late August. In other injury news, both David Peralta and Chris Owings have begun hitting against live pitching. Peralta is on pace to return after the ASG, and Owings could be right there with him.
In a bit of terribly unshocking news, after striking out 24 times in 56 at-bats, O’Brien has been tasked with developing better strike zone discipline in order to get back to the majors.
Less than 24 hours after being added to the 25-man roster, Godley has a start, a win, and a ticket back to Reno. Left-hander Zac Curtis has been called up from Mobile to give the bullpen some extra depth heading into the break.
Anyone who has been watching the patchwork outfield which has included backup catcher Chris Hermann shagging fly balls in center field knows that Arizona’s depth has been challenged. Add to this the team’s pitching woes and lack of options for addressing such woes, and the team is
24-year-old right-hander Alex Gouin had his contract with the Rockland Boulders picked up by the Diamondbacks on Monday. He now joins the Class-A Hillsboro Hops in Oregon.
More power pitching, bigger hitters, and a willingness to sacrifice contact for power across the league has the 2016 season on pace to record the second-most home runs in a season.