Our Diamondbacks continued their tendency to score early, putting up a five-spot against the NL-best Chicago Cubs in the top of the first. The offense kind of went to sleep after that, only managing three hits the rest of the way. One was Goldy’s 22nd home run of the season, and another was a pinch-hit RBI single by a resurgent Nick Ahmed, but still, it was a long, dry spell through the middle innings.
That didn’t matter, though, because the Cubs’ potent offense could do just about nothing against Patrick Corbin, who seems very much refreshed by his days of rest over the All-Star Break. Corbin went 7 full innings, racked up 9 strikeouts, and surrendered no walks. Meanwhile, the Cubs, whose bullpen is apparently gassed after their action versus the Cardinals this weekend, sent out a backup catcher to complete the eighth inning, and put first baseman Anthony Rizzo on the mound to finish up the ninth.
Good win for the DBacks, one that builds nicely on the momentum we gained from Zack Greinke’s stellar start yesterday. Full recap to follow shortly.