Merrill Kelly keep the team in the game, allowing only three runs in five innings of work. His San Francisco counterpart, Shaun Anderson was sightly better, allowing only two runs in 5 2⁄3 innings. The Diamondbacks offense struggled with runners in scoring position, stranding runners there in four of the first six innings. On the pitching side of things, the bullpen immediately let the game get away from Arizona, with T.J. McFarland and Matt Andriese combining to allow three runs to score in their two innings of work.
The Diamondbacks couldn’t get the big hit they needed in the first six innings of work. Buster Posey had a good night at the plate. It just wasn’t Arizona’s night.
There were few highlights for Arizona in this game on any front.
Carson Kelly was the top-rated catching prospect in baseball for nearly two season, but never was able to get anything going while stuck behind Yadier Molina in St. Louis. Josh Inman examines how he has begun to establish himself as Arizona’s catcher of the future, bringing them out of a six-year run of poor catching performance.
Alex Young Using Justin Wilson’s Cutter to Find Success (The Athletic)
Alex Young has never had elite stuff. He has always relied on movement and his ability to paint the edges of the zone to find weak contact and whiffs. Two seasons ago, former TCU teammate and Mets lefty-reliever, Justin Wilson taught Young his cutter. Finding comfort with the pitch has allowed Young to make the most of his opportunities and finally brought him to the Majors.
The Diamondbacks have entries on both the team and player lists.
This year’s rosters include four of the top five prospects in baseball.
Jay Jaffe looks at what the insane spike in home runs is doing to the game of baseball.