Zack Godley pitched a beauty of a game, allowing only one run on four hits across seven full innings of work. Meanwhile, the David Peralta and Daniel Descalso did their part, becoming the first pair of lefties to ever hit homers off of Clayton Kershaw in the same game. John Ryan Murphy added a home run of his own in the eighth, helping the Diamondbacks cruise to a series victory against their division rivals.
After a marathon series opener, the Diamondbacks were in dire need of some length out of their starting pitching. THat’s just what they got. Zack Godley was in total control on Tuesday night, working seven innings and allowing only one run. At the plate, the Diamondbacks started putting a few more balls into the seats, having their own multi-homer game, compliments of David PEralta, Daniel Descalso, and John Ryan Murphy.
Clayton Kershaw has pitched 1947 regular season innings in his already storied career. Despite being arguably the best pitcher of his era, the left-hander has managed to be roughed up a number of times in his career, even once in a memorable game by the Diamondbacks. Despite all that, one thing that really helped define his dominance was that he had never in his career surrendered two home runs to left-handed hitters in the same game. That came to an end Tuesday night, courtesy of David Peralta and Daniel Descalso. It’s always nice when the Diamondbacks can end something good about the Dodgers.
Shortly before spring training came to an end, Arizona was looking for Jake Lamb and Steven Souza to serve as big bats in the four and five holes in the lineup. Now, with both on the DL, the Diamondbacks are looking for other ways to produce runs.
It’s a bit of an understatement to say Goldschmidt is off to a slow start. Still, the all-star first baseman is second in baseball with nine walks and has scored four runs. While Goldschmidt has only driven in one run so far this season, that hasn’t slowed Arizona’s offense, as the team has scored a combined 32 runs in their first five games.
For the first time in five years, Arizona’s pro sports franchises swept the evening. Given the current state of the Suns and Coyotes, this feat seemed unlikely going into play Tuesday night.
Following a rocky spring training, onlookers everywhere were wondering just how long the Los Angeles Angels could stick with what many were considering the poorly-planned Shohei Ohtani experiment before finally sending him to AAA to refine his game. If his pitching debut is anything to go by, they could be waiting a while.
Didi Gregorius had himself a good night on Tuesday. The former Diamondback smacked two home runs and drove in eight runs, setting the Yankees’ record for RBIs in a game by a shortstop.
The Cardinals jumped out to a quick lead in Milwaukee with Dexter Fowler and Tommy Pham going back-to-back in the first three pitches of the game. Milwaukee refused to die though. With two out in the ninth, they responded with back-to-back home runs of their own by Christian Yelich and Ryan Braun to win the game in walk-off fashion.
Shohei Ohtani hit his first MLB home run. The Cardinals and Brewers injected excitement into their long balls. DIdi Gregorius muscled up. Ozuna may have put a ball into orbit. There were quite a few home runs hit on Tuesday night, and many of them will remain memorable for a while.