Well then... that escalated quickly! The Arizona Diamondbacks had secured tacos before my DirecTV signal was restored. I was left with a black screen. They wasted zero time ambushing the Texas Rangers tonight. In fact, Arizona set a new franchise record with twelve runs through the first two innings and were just shy of tying the franchise record for most runs in the first putting up a seven spot. Rangers fans found solace only when the third out was recorded in each inning cheering sarcastically for their home team.
Texas starting pitcher Jesse Chavez was pulled from the game before he could complete the first inning. Arizona went ground out, hit by pitch, home run, walk, single, double, single, ground out, and a single until Rangers manager Chris Woodward decided he was tired of watching Ivan Drago vs. Apollo Creed and went to his bullpen. An additional single and double to follow meant Chavez was responsible for the first seven D’backs runs of the game. Tonight saw his ERA balloon from 3.84 to 4.72, and he allowed more earned runs tonight alone than he did through the months of May and June combined. I’m really just piling on at this point, but if the D’backs are able to so should I.
The bleeding would not end there, and by the end of the second inning Arizona was on pace to score 54 runs in this game. It was just as ugly in that frame this time with the line of hit by pitch, double, walk, sac fly, three run home run, fly out, and a solo home run for good measure. That afforded Robbie Ray a commanding twelve run lead by the top of the second, more than a sufficient for him tonight. He gave three back in the bottom of the second on back to back home runs, a two run shot and solo blast respectively. Robbie did not record his first strikeout of the game until the bottom of the third against Shin-Soo Choo, but that did not hold him back from tallying seven total in the game. Rangers left fielder Danny Santana hit his second home run off Ray in the game in the bottom of the sixth. The bottom of the sixth was Robbie’s final inning of work finishing his night on a nearly round 101 pitches.
This baseball game was largely over at the end of the second inning with Arizona only padding the run differential and chasing franchise records beyond that point. They’d fall one run short of a franchise record twenty runs in a nine inning game set in the distant past of July 7th, 2018 against the San Diego Padres at Chase Field. Arizona did however tie a franchise record twenty one hits, a mark they’ve already hit once this season and twice in 2014. It was that much of a beat down.
-Texas used six different pitchers including position player Tim Federowicz.
-Kevin Cron blasted a three run home run 450+ feet with an exit velocity of 111 MPH
-Ketel Marte was removed from the game after the D’backs at bat in the second for rest reasons only
-Jarrod Dyson had three at bats at the conclusion of the top of the second. He was removed with a hamstring cramp in the sixth after an awkward slide into second base.
-Eduardo Escobar hit a home run from each side of the plate tonight, and gave his bat to a young Rangers fan after his second of the night.
-Arizona had ten extra base hits
-Jake Lamb had two doubles and two walks, and Christian Walker reached base six times.
-Arizona’s run differential is now the seventh best in MLB at +72
Would you take a peak at that flat line?
It’s really difficult to single out a single D’back tonight with a true team beat down. Mostly everyone was the best version of himself this evening.
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A relatively light GDT tonight which isn’t all that surprising when your team has a near guaranteed win by the second inning. Arizona now returns to Chase Field for a crucial four game set against the Milwaukee Brewers for positioning in the wild card standings. This could dictate what route the team takes before the trade deadline.