Zack Greinke had a rocky first inning. Then, John Ryan Murphy and Wilmer Flores had a rough second inning, leading to Greinke allowing two more runs to score, one of them earned. Apparently, that flipped a switch inside the Arizona ace, as he sent down the next 14 Rangers he faced before Shin-Shoo Choo doubled with one out in the seventh inning. Greinke finished the night with 6 2⁄3 innings pitched and nine strikeouts against one walk. This served to keep the Diamondbacks in the game. John Ryan Murphy had an early home run to put the Diamondbacks on the board and to try and make people notice his second-inning receiving difficulties less. Nick Ahmed had a long, loud home run in the seventh to make things 4-2. Then, in the ninth inning, Murphy was lifted for pinch-hitter Jarrod Dyson with a runner on first base. While the team was substituting on-base skills and speed for raw power, Dyson was more interested in going home. He dropped a 2-2 pitch into the right field bleachers to complete the come-from-behind win for Arizona.
Manager Torey Lovullo relied on the numbers the front office had provided him and input from hitting coach Darnell Coles and decided to lift power-hitting Murphy in favor of the left-handed Jarrod Dyon with the tying run at first in the bottom of the ninth. The decision proved to be the right one, as Dyson settled in after two bad swings and sent the Arizona fans home happy.
It was a big night for the Arizona Diamondbacks. They weathered early adversity to win a game in which contributions were made by everyone, especially at the bottom of the lineup. The win once again puts the Diamondbacks over .500 on the season.
IN a somewhat disappointing turn of events, Jon Duplantier has been optioned back to Reno in order to return to starting. It was always assumed that his promotion was going to be short-lived, but there were some indications that he might stay up and serve as the new dominant long man out of the bullpen. Assuming he takes the demotion to Reno in stride and continues to perform the way he has in the past, it won’t be long before he rejoins Arizona.
The deal entered into, in order to curtail human trafficking incentives was deemed to be illegal by the Trump administration. It is the U.S. government’s stance that the CBF is an entity of the Cuban government, and thus no agreement can be made with the organization that does not violate U.S. law.
Stephen Strasburg had a rare rough night against Philadelphia but his teammates lifted him up. Down five runs, the Nationals broke out the bats and put on a long ball show. Something tells me that this will not be the last game this season decided by a sudden outbreak of home runs.
With all the attention paid to bench-clearing scuffles, it’s nice to see a player shake off an honest mistake and allow bygones be bygones.
Marcell Ozuna has an Outfield Adventure
Thankfully, the outfielder avoided any injury
Speed Kills aka Billy Hamilton is Fast
With a sprit speed of 30.1 ft/sec and a third to home time of 3.12 seconds, Billy Hamilton makes other teams pay for not staying on their toes, literally.