Paul Goldschmidt whacked his first home run in 98 at-bats, a two run shot off of Padres’ starter, Paul Clemens. Unfortunately for the Diamondbacks, as seems to often be the case when Goldschmidt does damage, that was the only scoring Arizona was able to muster. Archie Bradley was solid, allowing only two runs across five innings, while striking out seven and walking three. Then the Arizona bullpen took over and allowed three runs over the final three innings, while Arizona’s offense continued to sputter.
After tearing up the minors with his bat for multiple seasons, Peter O’Brien finally made his way to the majors. Once there, he fell to pieces and was eventually demoted after an abysmal debut. His struggles continued after his demotion, but the slugging outfielder was not as focusedd on results as he was altering his approach. “The numbers are still important, but I was focused on different things. Instead of going 4 for 4 or stuff like that, it was more, ‘Let me see how many pitches I can see this game,’ or ‘Let me see how deep in the count I can get’ or ‘How many breaking balls can I take?’ I think that definitely helped.”
The poor results of the season have begun to cost Diamondbacks’ personnel their jobs. Despite rumours of a desire by La Russa and Stewart to replace Hale mid-season, Chip Hale remains focused on the game on the field, not on his uncertain future.
Despite being a late bloomer blocked by possibly the best first baseman in all of baseball, Kyle Jensen is taking every advantage he can of his call-up with the Diamondbacks. In 10 games with the big club, Jensen has accumulated a .278/.350/.722 slash line with two home runs and five hits. It will be interesting to see what role he develops into for the Diamondbacks in 2017.
A loss by the MEts, coupled with wins by St. Louis and San Francisco have created a three-way tie for the first Wild Card position with only 11 games left to play.
Jose Altuvé has been the second-most prolific hitter since 2011, yet this season he still has only managed a .337 average as of last Monday. Are the days of chasing a .400 batting average over?
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