The Diamondbacks had four home runs on the night. Zack Greinke was solid through 5 2⁄3 innings, despite a minor hiccup in the fifth and some tough calls throughout the night. Even newcomer Jon Jay got in on the scoring despite three strikeouts.
Paul Goldschmidt, Jake Lamb, and David Peralta all went deep in the third inning to back Zack Greinke and the Diamondbacks in a game to determine which team would sit atop the NL West at the end of the night.
Kellan Olson declares Goldschmidt to be ‘back” in the article. It’s tough to make much of an argument that he is wrong, though some skepticism is always warranted in the game of baseball.
Jay Jaffe takes an in-depth look at Paul Goldschmidt’s well-known struggles with high-velocity fastballs.
After Boxberger blew a save on Wednesday while also showing a significant dip in velocity, manager Torey Lovullo admitted that his closer might not have been up to three consecutive outings. The three consecutive days were started by Boxberger being used on Monday simply to get him work, as he had not pitched in five days. That might not have been the best move after all.
Daniel Descalso Aging Like Wine (The Athletic- subscription required)
Daniel Descalso is getting the most out of his experience and his maturity, turning in the best season of his already solid career.
Don’t look now, but the Los Angeles Dodgers have won 16 of their last 21, giving some confidence that they could still take the NL West. However, the Dodgers lost another starter to injury in the victory, with Walker Buehler leaving the game early do to rib and core pain.
To get an idea of how the team standings in baseball have shaken out in such an odd fashion, one only need look at the current injury update.