The Diamondbacks started the game by launching three home runs off of Washington starter, Max Scherzer, with Peralta, Pollock, and Lamb, going back-to-back-to-back. Washington’s tenacious offense clawed their way back to all even at five after eight innings. That set the stage for Pollock to triple (ending the night a single short of the cycle), and for Brandon Drury to play hero after the Nationals intentionally passed Lamb and Goldschmidt.
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Through both the season’s highs in the first half and the recent woes of some losing baseball, the Arizona Diamondbacks have remained on an even keel. This approach starts at the top.
Anthony Banda will make his somewhat long-anticipated debut on Saturday facing off against the Washington Nationals and Tanner Roark. Banda’s opportunity comes courtesy of Taijuan Walker’s departure for paternity leave.
Not since the Yoan Lopez signing have the Diamondbacks been able to seriously swim in the international prospect waters. That changed with the start of the most recent signing period, and the Diamondbacks have made the most of the opportunity.