Things did not look great for the Diamondbacks two batters into the game when they found themselves down two with no outs in the top of the first. Showing the patience that has become something of a trademark for them, the Diamondbacks came roaring back in the later innings to secure another victory over the division rival Dodgers.
The Dodgers’ bullpen meltdown featured five walks and a tie-breaking bases-loaded balk by Sergio Romo.
One thing that stands out about the 2017 Diamondbacks when contrasted with the 2016 version is the way the team hangs in during tough times and does not allow miscues to rattle them. There has been a decided culture shift in Arizona, and Torey Lovullo is at the heart of it.
In San Diego’s two victories over Arizona, it is clear to see what the pitching strategy was. Arizona played into it, and it worked. Greater plate discipline by Arizona will be needed to beat future attempts to abuse Diamondbacks hitters like that.
Everyone knew that an infield with Drury and Owings up the middle would not be as solid defensively as one featuring Nick Ahmed and Jean Segura. The magnitude of the step down might end up being a bit more than anyone was quite ready for though.
Is Tom Wilhelmsen trying to work on his outfield skills to improve his versatility tot he team?
Plenty of MLB players have extra-curricular pursuits they would like to indulge in. Several players from Arizona and a few others from around baseball discuss their choices not to do so.