The Diamondbacks set the pace in the first inning, scoring six runs on Pittsburgh, courtesy of three errors.
The Pirates committed three errors in the first inning, allowing Arizona to storm out to a 6-0 lead. Clay Buchholz cruised through the first three innings, but then ran into trouble in the fourth. An error by Arizon didn’t help matter, and suddenly the game was 8-6 in favor of the snakes with five innings left to go.
Ketel Marte continued to turn things around. Jon Jay knocked his first three hits and his first home run as a member of the Diamondbacks. Murphy had a multi-hit game despite striking out three times. Arizona’s offense has now scored 51 runs over the last five games.
Supplemental round pick, Jake McCarthy has reportedly agreed to sign with the Diamondbacks for $1,650,000 against a slot value of $1,834,500. Also, second round selection, Alek Thomas agreed to terms with the Diamondbacks (terms not yet disclosed). The Diamondbacks have now signed 17 of their first 21 selections and 23 of their 41 overall.
The son of the Chicago White Sox’s strength and conditioning trainer, the young Thomas had the option to sign with the Diamondbacks or attend Texas Christian University on a baseball and football scholarship, Thomas signed with the D-Backs on June 10.
Arizona continues to have only one player on the list, Jon Duplantier, who has moved from 88th to 84th on the list.
Mike Trout is baseball’s best talent. HE’s also the man who paved the way for baseball’s brightest star.
Brendan McCarthy continues to make waves down on the Tampa Bay Rays’ farm. His pitching has been elite, propelling him through three levels of play in less than a full season of outings. HIs bat, while pressing to keep up with that pace is still showing as an above average one as he spends time at DH and first base.
It turns out that pitchers are now walking more batters than shifts are saving hits. The Dodgers continue to lead all of baseball with 17 pitchers being optioned so far this season. James Shields is suddenly good again, and now, in the final year of his deal with Chicago, a trade target once more.