Early on, the D-backs struggled to get it going offensively, being no-hit until David Peralta’s double with two outs in the fourth. However, they eventually broke through in the fifth - they loaded the bases with no outs, thanks to a four-pitch walk to Matt Koch, but all they could manage was a Daniel Descalso RBI groundout, as Jake Lamb hit into a double-play. Some wondered if that would prove costly, but the D-backs tacked on a pair of runs on an outfield error in the seventh, which should only have been a sacrifice fly by Descalso, but ended up with him standing on third. They then passed the margin with three in the eighth, including a home-run by David Peralta.
Meanwhile, Matt Koch worked seven shutout innings, holding the Marlins to three hits. He walked none and struck out six, in his best outing of the year. Archie Bradley worked around some two-out trouble in the eighth, and Jake Barrett made his second appearance of the year in the ninth, but did lose the shutout. The sweep guarantees another day in first for the D-backs, and the Rockies lost, so our lead has expanded back to 1.5 games. miketvee13 will be along with the full recap a bit later, but has to get dinner out of the way first. :) So, let’s enjoy this rare for 2018 sweep!