Patrick Corbin turned in another strong outing, pitching six innings while allowing only two runs and striking out eight. Unfortunately, Hirano, Chafin, and Bradley combined to give up two runs, allowing the Angels to tie the game. It took some ninth inning luck for the Diamondbacks to manufacture a run, scoring without the ball ever leaving the infield of the bat.
After John Ryan Murphy dropped down a bunt hit to put runners at first and second with no one out, A.J. Pollock came to the plate with the opportunity to be a hero. Known for his ability to drive the ball and for taking extra bases, Pollock did something he hasn’t done since the 2014 season. He laid down a sacrifice bunt. Angels’ pitcher, Cam Bedrosian fielded it quickly, but his rushed throw to third to attempt to get the lead runner, Jay, was errant and headed into foul territory in left field, allowing Jay to score easily, sending the Diamondbacks home winners.
True to his word that the rotation would be getting a bit of a shakeup, Arizona manager, Torey Lovullo announced that Robbie Ray and Zack Godley would be swapping place in the upcoming rotation.
Arizona Diamondbacks closer, Brad Boxberger, has found life difficult when pitching on one or no days of rest, something he is hoping to correct.
The Diamondbacks remain atop the NL West, opening up a 1.5 game lead on Colorado.
The Diamondbacks are masters of their own fate at this point, but their upcoming schedule is a difficult one and includes seven games against each of the two teams chasing them in the standings.
Despite vast improvements over the last two seasons, the Arizona farm still ranks among the worst in baseball.
The Diamondbacks 2019 season opens on the road, March 28th against the Dodgers in Chavez Ravine. The home-opener will be against the Boston Red Sox on April 5th.
After Nolan Arenado and Charlie Blackmon, it is difficult to find much in the way of offense for the Rockies that is not a product of Coors Field.
The Seattle Mariners are on track to have one of the largest differences between their actual win-loss record and their pythagorean record.
The Washington Nationals traded Daniel Murphy to the Cubs and allowed Matt Adams to be claimed by the Cardinals on Tuesday. The only thing they really have to show for the moves is a savings of a bit over $5 million on the season.
Cubs right-hander, Yu Darvish has been diagnosed with a stress reaction in his right elbow and an injury to the right tricep. He will be shut down for six weeks and miss the rest of the 2018 season.
The Diamondbacks have three games remaining against the Giants this season. San Francisco will be without Buster Posey for those outings.