Christian Walker went 0-for-4 with four strikeouts. Robbie Ray took 47 pitches to complete two innings of work, including 27 in the first alone, an inning in which he allowed the Giants to take the lead. Generally, that would spell a rough night for Arizona. The Arizona offense had other ideas though. Even Robbie Ray got in on the hitting fun, driving a single back up the box which ran his opposing counterpart, Drew Pomeranz, from the game after only 2 2⁄3 innings of work. Arizona then went to work on San Francisco’s tired bullpen and piled on, scoring a total of 18 runs. The run-total set a few record. It was the most runs ever scored by the Diamondbacks on the road. It was also the most runs scored by a visiting team in San Francisco.
Ketel Marte, Adam Jones, Ildemaro Vargas, and Eduardo Escobar all went deep on Friday night. Vargas’ came as the second batter of the game, setting the tone for the night to come. The other three all came with two batters on, giving the Diamondbacks half their record 18 runs on three swings of the bat.
After scoring only five runs in three games against San Diego to start the roadtrip, the Diamondbacks needed this outburst in San Francisco.
It was bound to happen eventually. If the Diamondbacks kept putting tons of runners on base, eventually one of these games was going to happen.
As manager of the AAA Reno Aces, Chris Cron was the man who was given the honour of telling Kevin Cron that he had been promoted to the MLB club. It was a special moment for the Cron family to be sure.
It seems the Diamondbacks’ current uniforms are a hit with more than just the fans.
If the major red flags or the overall contract asks weren’t enough to scare off those wanting the Diamondbacks to take a run at one of these players, the qualifying offer cost should be enough to.
With a full 50 ABs on the season in the books now, it is time to start talking about pink slips and ownership. The level of punishment Torres is laying on Baltimore is reaching historic levels.
As things stand right now, these five teams have some serious soul-searching to do as this seasons hard-and-fast single trade deadline approaches. If Arizona continues to play bi-polar ball for another two weeks, they may pole vault to the top of theis list.
Bartolo Colón just turned 46 and the birthday cake he received to celebrate the event is just magnificent.