The Diamondbacks gave themselves a comfortable 7-2 lead by the time 6 1⁄2 innings had been played. The Dodgers then responded in the bottom of the seventh with three runs to close the gap a bit. Nick Ahmed responded with a home run in the eighth to provide what turned out to be a much-needed insurance run. With one out in the eighth, Archie Bradley induced what should have been an inning-ending double play off the bat of Chase Utley. Instead, the ball hit second base and caromed into shallow left, allowing two more runs to score. Then Paul Goldschmidt took the time to give Archie Bradley some encouragement. Bradley retired the next two and Brad Boxberger continued to perform well, nailing down the save in the ninth.
Despite some tense moments in the later innings, the Diamondbacks continued their regular-season success against their division rivals, extending their early-season lead over the Dodgers to 5.5 games.
The Diamondbacks’ utility infielder responded to batting fourth by hitting a home arun and driving in four.
Lamb has begun taking batting practice and is expected to put in a normal training day on Saturday.
“A lot of the balls I was hitting the hardest were the flattest balls, the lower-degree launch angles. It was definitely a focus – trying to keep the ball-off-the-bat speed the same, but trying to find a way to create the launch higher.”
Count Taijuan Walker as one of 11 ambassadors in baseball for Jordan Brand shoes.
The amount of absurdity coming out of MIami has reached staggering proportions.
The Cleveland Indians’ catching prospect has sued to be released from a loan contract made with Big League Advance, claiming predatory practices were used when the catcher was convinced to take out a $340,000 loan to help his ailing mother in exchange for 10% of all future earnings.