Arizona Diamondbacks 20 (!!!), San Diego Padres 5
[D’backs.com] D-backs mash early, often in record 20-run rout - Pulse check! Prior to last night’s contest, the Arizona Diamondbacks had scored 23 runs while allowing 32 in six July games. Nothing a good 20-5 slaughter in favor of the good guys can’t correct. It was so far out of hand by the 5th inning that Alex Avila was moved from catcher to replace Paul Goldschmidt at first base who had just hit a three run bomb the inning prior. David Peralta went five-for-six raising his batting average ten points. The feel good story of the night has to go to Alex Avila who reached base in all five of his plate appearances in his first game back off of the disabled list. He drove in three runs and had a solo home run. The 20 runs set a new franchise record for Arizona, eclipsing an 18 spot they put up against the Dodgers in 2014.
[Arizona Sports] Diamondbacks impose terror, set record in rout of San Diego Padres - Unfortunately, Robbie Ray was off again and could not pitch past the 5th inning. He went to a full count to the first to Padres in the game walking Manuel Margot, and then surrendering a two run home run to Wil Myers next. That put the Padres up 2-0 before the Diamondbacks had their turn to bat. Wil Myers would go on to homer a total of three times in the game, and he continues to destroy the Diamondbacks every time he faces them. Towards the end of his outing, Robbie Ray was missing very high with his fastball. His mechanics are still very much a work in progress this season.
“You set a franchise record for runs scored in a game, you know you’ve done something pretty special.” – Torey Lovullo
[AZ Central] Diamondbacks outfielder David Peralta hoping to crack All-Star roster - The Freight Train may have made one final push to his first All-Star selection as a reserve with his solid performance last night. David Peralta is enjoying a career season in the first half, his best since 2015.
“It’s something that you can’t control,” Peralta said. “I’ve seen it before where guys have a great first half and don’t make it. I don’t want to get my hopes up really high. If it comes, I’ll be really excited. If not, I’ll just turn the page and keep going.”
[Arizona Sports] Bullish bullpen leads the way for the Arizona Diamondbacks - Randall Delgado returns to hopefully improve an already impressive reliever corps. He, like T.J. McFarland, has the capability to provide multiple innings out of the bullpen when needed which should save some miles on the arms of Yoshi Hirano, Archie Bradley, and Brad Boxberger.
[AZ Central] Diamondbacks’ Zack Greinke finding ways to adapt, thrive - As Zack Greinke continues to rack up the innings on his arm while his velocity drops, he further masters the art of pitching and finds ways to succeed. Greinke relies on pinpoint command and an arsenal of secondary pitches to choose from when one of them isn’t working for him on a given night. He is very much a feel pitcher and executes his gameplan as best he can every time he toes the rubber.
“You always knew Zack was going to age well,” said Padres catcher A.J. Ellis, who caught Greinke for three years with the Los Angeles Dodgers. “He was always going to find a way. He was going to dive in, either physically or analytically, and study the game in a way that would give himself the best chance to help his team win a game.”
[The Athletic] The Diamondbacks failed to sign first-rounder Matt McLain. Here’s what it means. - Unlike others who have already commented on the subject, I don’t see Mike Hazen’s inability to sign first round draft selection Matt McLain as a failure on the behalf of him or the amateur scouting department. McLain was seeking advice from Scott Boras, and we should all know from past reports of negotiating with him how challenging of an experience that can be. Not only that, but the Atlanta Braves and Los Angeles Dodgers were also spurned by prep players who chose to forgo signing after being drafted in the first round. It’s an inherent risk teams take in selecting high school players, and even if they scouted McLain heavily before the draft you can hardly guarantee that a teenager will keep the same mindset daily. Regardless of how we might feel about the failed selection, Hazen and his staff will need to make next year’s draft count with a significant projected number of picks in the early rounds.
“If we end up with a significant amount of picks in the draft, that will be a very, very big draft,” [Hazen] said. “But this draft is just as important, notwithstanding what happened in the first round.”
Around the League
[Sporting News] Nationals slugger Mark Reynolds flirts with single-game RBI record - You think the Diamondbacks’ bats were hot last night? Take a gander at what former D’back Mark Reynolds just did to the Miami Marlins. Five-for-five with two home runs, a double, and ten runs batted in. He fell two RBI short of the major league record, and doubled his previous career high of five RBI which he has accomplished six times.
[MLB Trade Rumors] 7 Teams Have Made Offers For Manny Machado - The latest report on the Manny Machado front comes from Eduardo Encina of the Baltimore Sun. He claims that seven teams have made formal offers for the Orioles’ SS/3B, and even goes as far to rank the quality of offers. Apparently, the Dodgers are the front runners followed by the D’backs, Brewers, Phillies, Braves, Indians and Cubs in that order. How he would have access to that sort of information is beyond me, but it is the Baltimore Orioles we’re talking about here. It is seemingly only a matter of time until he is moved, so keep your Twitter feed refreshed.
[MLB.com] All-Star FAQ: All you need to know on rosters - The MLB All-Star selection show airs tonight at 7:00 PM EST on ESPN. It’s pretty much a given that the Diamondbacks will not have a player start the game, but there are a few who warrant consideration as a reserve. There have been some changes made to the roster size as collectively bargained by the Players’ Union and the league, so make sure to review those as to not be caught off guard. Instead of the managers of the respective teams selecting the reserves, Dave Roberts and AJ Hinch this year, they will be chosen on a combination of player votes, the Commissioners Office, and a final fan vote. With that being said, it would be nothing short of a crime for Paul Goldschmidt to miss his 6th consecutive selection given his midseason resurgence. David Peralta might be on the cusp, on the outside looking in, but Patrick Corbin could get the nod as well for the pitching staff.