Zac Gallen had a bumpy, shortened outing, but Arizona’s offense provided more than enough fireworks to help the young starter through the trouble. The Arizona bullpen pitched well, surrendering only one run in the final five innings of work. Nick Ahmed had a three-hit night, finishing a double short of the cycle.
Nick Ahmed crushed his 14th home run of the season, and his third in three games, as part of a four-homer offensive by the Diamondbacks on Tuesday night.
After running into trouble in the final two games in Los Angeles, the Diamondbacks are getting healthy again in Colorado.
Small sample size or not, since the beginning of July, Nick Ahmed has been one of the best shortstops in baseball on both sides of the ball.
With his Monday night Major League debut and the associated jitters behind him, Josh Rojas found himself in the starting lineup for the second night in a row.
Diamondbacks Continue to Excel on the Bases (The Athletic)
Under Dave McKay, the Arizona Diamondbacks continue to be stingy about running into outs or making poor base running decisions. The team leads all of baseball with 12.1 Bs.R and are on pace to make just 40 outs on the bases on the entire season.
Arizona’s duo of Steve Berthiaume as play by play announcer and Bob Brenly as color analyst has slipped to #26 on the list of best announcing teams in the game. San Diego’s team of Don Orsillo (play by play), Mark Grant (analyst) and Mark Sweeney (analyst) was number one.
They all look like 500-foot moon-shots in the boxscore.
It should be no surprise that Ketel Marte is Arizona’s representative entry on the list.
As recently as the All-Star break, the Pittsburgh Pirates were 44-45, only 2.5 games out of both the NL Central lead and a wild card berth. Since then, the team has gone an MLB-worst 5-24. The Pirates have played so poorly that teams have added 2.2% to their playoff odds for every game where they’ve played the Pirates since the break.