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Arizona Diamondbacks 9, Pittsburgh Pirates 5: Please Keep Retaliating...Thanks!

Pinch me because I think I am dreaming

MLB: Pittsburgh Pirates at Arizona Diamondbacks Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

After a sweep of the Colorado Rockies, the Diamondbacks were in a rather unfamiliar place. That place being a series sweep. With a month to forget, it was time for the team to bounce back and carry momentum into the end of June and the All-Star Break. The biggest story coming out of the sweep of the Rockies, has to be Paul Goldschmidt. The slump appears to be somewhat over.

The first inning was much like the past struggles, with Starling Marte rocking a double to left field after Harrison and Meadows were put away. The Pirates got a little luck with an error form Goldy as Marte scored. While that run was the only one of the inning, it still brought back painful memories of prior games.

The second, third and fourth innings were rather quiet from both sides as neither team could muster a run. However, the fifth inning was the inning to end all innings for the Bucco’s. As Josh Bell drew a four pitch walk, Jordy Mercer delivered a key double on a 2-1 count. With no runners on, Lovullo decided to intentionally walk Josh Harrison in order to get to the promising rookie Austin Meadows. Lovullo’s decision was not the right one as Austin Meadows made the team pay with a double to left on another 2-1 count. Starling Marte was the last hit of the inning as a ground ball to right scored Meadows and Harrison.

The sixth inning wasn’t too exciting as Braden Shipley entered the game for the Arizona Diamondbacks delivering the last two outs of the inning.

Now in all honesty, when you’re down 5-0…I really have no hope for you. That sentiment goes for any team, however the pessimism was even stronger given that this is a team with Alex Avila and Chris Owings getting considerable playing time.

Boy was I wrong as the D-backs scored 9 unanswered over the next two innings to win the game. The 5 run inning started with a HBP to Chris Owings. A wild pitch moved Owings over and all hell broke loose. Nick Ahmed singled and Braden Shipley reached on an error to give the D-backs two runners on with no outs. Daniel Descalso singled to score Ahmed. The big blow came from Jake Lamb as he absolutely parked a ball to deep left center on a 2-0 sinker that was right down the plate.

Archie Bradley entered the game in the 8th. After a few fielder’s choices, a walk to Josh Bell, and a single to Jordy Mercer…the bases were loaded for former top prospect Colin Moran. Bradley was able to end the threat with a 98 mph fastball up and in to the big lefty. In the 8th, a combination of a single, stolen base and two walks allowed Daniel Descalso to hit a sharp fly ball to center. The scoring ended with a wild pitch that scored Descalso from third.

Snake Stars

☆☆☆: Daniel Descalso: 2-5, 2 R, 3 RBI, 3B
☆☆: Jake Lamb: 1-4, R, 3 RBI, HR
☆: Archie Bradley: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, Escaped a bases loaded jam

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As Brad Boxberger entered the game, it looked like the Pirates were a little defeated. A HBP to Sean Rodriguez was the only base runner of the inning. Boxberger got Austin Meadows to ground into a double play and was able to strike out Starling Marte to give the D-backs a W!

Fangraphs

Diamondbacks:

  • Positive WPA’s: Jake Lamb 34.5%, Daniel Descalso 16.6%, Ketel Marte 10.7%, Archie Bradley 11.5%.
  • Negative WPA’s: Patrick Corbin -17.7%, Paul Goldschmidt -10.4%.

Pirates:

  • Positve WPA’s: Joe Musgrove 17.2%, David Freese 11.1%, Jordy Mercer 10.8%.
  • Negative WPA’s: Kyle Crick -28.0%, Edgar Santana -32.1%, Corey Dickerson -11.2%, Colin Moran -14.5%.

I know it is only four games, but I feel great about this team. Even with terrible injuries to A.J. Pollock, Steven Souza and Taijuan Walker, a slugging Goldy can alleviate those issues. Even with the great play in the 6th, I think Chris Owings needs to be DFA’d or benched. A .193 average is poor considering all of the great offensive swings we’ve seen the last few years.

Quick Hits

It was reported that the D-backs signed a couple of key draft picks today.

Blaze Alexander is an interesting signing given how the 11th-40th rounds work in terms of spending and the penalties given to over-spending. Mike Hazen and brass wanted to get more athletic and with two high potential HS prospects.