Good luck convincing last night’s teams that Chase Field has shifted towards being a pitcher’s haven. The two teams made history of the offensive variety last night. This extra inning bout was more a matter of last man standing endurance than anything else. For the first time in the history of the NL, both teams hit six home runs in a game. This also now marks a new high for the Diamondbacks in terms of the number of home runs hit in a loss. Of Arizona’s pitchers, only Archie Bradley was able to come out and pitch well, pitching a perfect 1-2-3 ninth with two strikeouts. Nick Ahmed was three-for-four, coming a triple shy of the cycle. Wilmer Flores, who did not start the game, finished with two home runs on the night. Mike Yastrzemski had three homers out of the leadoff sot in the lineup for the Giants.
Mike Leake gave up four runs on three home runs across six innings. One could almost argue he got off light the way the night unfolded the rest of the way. Neither bullpen was terribly good, though Archie Bradley did bounce back nicely from his Coors Field mishap with a perfect inning. All told, the two teams combined for twelve home runs, six by each side. The Diamondbacks mounted a spirited comeback in the eighth and tenth innings, and even managed to threaten more in the eleventh when Christian Walker ended the game with a nine-pitch at-bat with a runner on.
Somebody tell me again how the ball isn’t to blame for the rate at which home runs are flying out of ballparks?
With Robbie Ray landing on the 10-day IL, the Diamondbacks will recall Taylor Clarke and look to him to start Sunday’s game against the Giants.
The Diamondbacks’ newest utility player went from being a young fan of the team to being part of a deal for their superstar ace pitcher.
Two Diamondbacks make the list; Gerardo Perdomo moving up and Taylor Widener moving down, as he has been a victim of the new environment in the PCL.
Pirates Pitching and the Disintegrating Their Clubhouse (The Athletic)
Who would have thought that the negative attitudes in Pittsburgh would have eventually come back to bite them in the rear?
In his HOF career, Vladimir Guerrero was known for hitting anything he could reach and hitting it hard. The apple doesn’t seem to be falling far from the tree. At only 20 years old, his son is putting on some eye-popping displays of bat control and power, including last night’s blast that looked more like a swing off a golf tee than a better’s swing.
Even with their enormous pocketbook, this is an impressive run.
The San Diego Padres will have to spend the rest of the season without their blossoming star.