Patrick Corbin had a mostly average outing, though he only lasted 4 2⁄3 innings. Unfortunately for the Diamondbacks, that sort of performance rarely stacks up well against Clayton Kershaw. Game one of the series agaisnt Los Angeles was no exception to that, as Kershaw struck out 11 en route to taking a no-hitter into the seventh inning. Arizon fared better against he Dodger bullpen, but it was simply too little too late.
Out since May 14 with a pulled groin, A.J. Pollock made his return to the Diamondbacks yesterday, just in time for the pivotal series against the Dodgers.
The Diamondbacks lack ssome of the personalities that other, big market teams have, but they also lack a sense of entitlement, and people are noticing, and responding.
Last night, Peralta had his first start against a left-handed starter since April 28th, a reward for bettering his performance against lefties in late-game situations.
In a careeer of so many home runs during a decade where they were commonplace, some home runs still stand out as something special.
While the Diamondbacks and Rockies have been netting the lion’s share of attention as doormats from last season playing great baseball this year, the Tamps Bay Rays are quietly turning things around as well. Losers of 94 games in 2016, the Rays currently hold one of the AL’s two Wild Card berths.
Already in front of their division by 16 games, the Houston Astros and their offense just keep piling on.