Great pitching was the name of the game Tuesday night. Zack Greinke contributed a scoreless sixth inning, and Paul Goldschmidt tried to end things in regulation against Craig Kimbrel, but ultimately came up short. Robinson Cano hit a solo home run in the 10th to put the junior circuit up for good.
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Zack Greinke pitched a clean sixth inning. Paul Goldschmidt and Jake Lamb played the field, and Robbie Ray watched from the bullpen, as a long arm for extras. All of them enjoyed the moment.
Giving all-stars Zack Greinke and Robbie Ray some extra time off, the Diamondbacks will turn to Taijuan Walker to open the second half of the season when they take the field Friday evening in Atlanta.
There have been a number of bad calls on pitches throughout the season so far. Maybe the umpires were still in their own version of spring training when this call was made on April 8th by Angel Hernandez, when Trevor Bauer was gifted a strike that missed the zone by nine inches outside, turning ball four into strike two. Given that Jeff Mathis isn’t exactly known as an offensive threat, this had to sting even more for the Diamondbacks’ catcher, especially when he put the pads back on to sit in front of Hernandez a few minutes later.
Kevin Zimmerman gives a rundown on Arizona’s exciting first 89 games.
More than 1.5 seasons after the trade was made which sent Shelby Miller to the Diamondbacks, neither team is getting quite what they expected.
One need look no further than the clubhouse campfire in catcher’s corner after games are over to see the sort of engagement the clubhouse has this season.
The Diamondbacks do not lead the league in any of the triple crown categories or any of the pitching equivalents. That might be a good thing.
If the Arizona Diamondbacks stay within sniffing distance of the NL West crown, especially if they are led by the likes of Greinke, Goldschmidt, Pollock, and Lamb, the amount of attention they get on the national stage could be quite impressive.
A.J. Pollock was gone for so long that many forgot just how dynamic a player he could be. Sunday’s all-out effort was encouraging in that he appears to be suffering no ill-effects from spending nearly seven weeks on the shelf.
There is no question that there are areas the Diamondbacks could improve to increase their odds in October baseball, but do they have the ability to make the necessary trades? Even if they do, should they?
Inside the ‘zona lists their top-10 prospects from the Arizona pipeline. Included are two of this year’s draftees.