Merrill Kelly faced off against Toronto’s Marcus Stroman in what began as a pitching duel. The game remained scoreless through three innings. Then, in the fourth inning, the Diamondbacks finally found a way to get to Stroman. David Peralta got things started with an RBI single. Then, Christian Walker kept things going in the inning with an RBI ground-rule double. That set the stage for Kevin Cron. Cron launched his career first major league home run, a three-run shot into left center. That put the Diamondbacks up by five. The team cruised to an easy victory from there.
David Peralta was 3-for-4 on the night with a home run and Kevin Cron hit his first ever major league home run, a three run blast which put the game away in the fourth inning, all in support of Merrill Kelly who pitched seven full innings allowing only one run on three hits.
The Diamondbacks took advantage of playing by the AL rules, putting both Christian Walker and Kevin Cron in the lineup. It paid off. Walker continued to show signs of coming back around with the bat and Kevin Cron finally broke through with his first big league home run, a three-run shot in the fourth inning which put the game out of reach.
The Diamondbacks gave Adam Jones the night off, hoping the rest will do the outfielder’s ailing hamstring some good. The precautionary measure is hoped to allow the outfielder’s legs to heal up without a trip to the IL.
The Diamondbacks may have positioned themselves as qualified buyers by kicking the tires on Mike Leake. The team is dangerously thin with regard to starting pitching. Jake Lamb is set to begin a rehab assignment in AAA-Reno today, meaning the lefty-hitting infielder should be expected back before long now.
Apparently, the Diamondbacks’ decision to employ advanced analytics is sucking the fun out of the game and may cost Cody Bellinger a shot at joining Ted Williams in history. Players should stop swinging for home runs and pitchers need to stop striking so many batters out. Mr. Moore would like the Diamondbacks to admit defeat and to stand up against these awful trends and, if possible, undo the disastrous Paul Goldschmidt trade while they are at it.
You be the judge.
Frankly, looking for an unorthodox competitive edge in the draft is what front offices are supposed to do.
Jacob deGrom drilled Ian Desmond, then things got hairy.
Focused on catching a foul ball slicing away from him, DOmingo Santana catches the glove that tried to catch the ball.
As fun as it is to see Clayton Kershaw finally get hung with his first loss in nearly a year, one has to wonder just how much longer those bullpen mounds will be left alongside the playing field. This is far from the first time that they have created a hazard during game-play. Chris Taylor was fortunate to avoid any sort of serious injury - this time.