[AZ Central] Arizona Diamondbacks’ offense rises from grave, blasts Nationals - Eduardo Escobar had two of Arizona’s five home runs and drove in a career-high seven runs to help the Diamondbacks beat Stephen Strasburg and the Washington Nationals 18-7 Saturday night. Nick Ahmed, Jake Lamb and Alex Avila also homered as Arizona knocked Strasburg around for the second time this season. Strasburg (14-5) entered with a seven-game winning streak, but gave up three homers and nine runs before leaving with two outs in the fifth inning. The Diamondbacks have roughed up the Nationals’ right-hander for seven homers and 15 runs in his two starts against them, and were the last team to beat him with a 10-3 victory June 15.
[D’backs.com] D-backs tee off on Strasburg to even series - For the second time this year, the D-backs roughed up right-hander Stephen Strasburg as they beat the Nationals, 18-7, on Saturday night at Chase Field. The win pulled the D-backs to within 3 1/2 games of the Nationals and Phillies, who are tied for the second National League Wild Card spot. Arizona collected five homers (two by Eduardo Escobar), three of which came against Strasburg, who allowed nine runs on nine hits over 4 2/3 innings. On June 15 in Washington, the D-backs hit four home runs in scoring six runs on Strasburg in five innings.
[CBS Sports] Diamondbacks’ Kristian Robinson: Promoted to Low-A - Robinson was promoted to Low-A Kane County on Saturday. This should be a nice test for Robinson, who destroyed Northwest League pitching to the tune of a .319/.407/.558 slash line with nine home runs (.239 ISO) and 14 steals in 44 games. Very few prospects can match his combination of mammoth raw power and plus speed.
[D’backs.com] Gallen greeted by familiar faces with D-backs - When the D-backs were in Miami last weekend, Arizona catcher Carson Kelly and then-Miami right-hander Zac Gallen spent some time talking. The pair had been roommates when they were both playing with Triple-A Memphis in the Cardinals’ system. Another thing that linked them together was that they both had departed the Cardinals via trade for big-name players -- Kelly to Arizona in the Paul Goldschmidt deal and Gallen to the Marlins in the Marcell Ozuna deal. So as the two talked about making transitions to new teams, Kelly extolled the virtues of the D-backs organization. Just a few days later, Gallen got the news that he was being traded to the D-backs in exchange for Minor League shortstop Jazz Chisholm.
[AZ Central] Former Diamondbacks starter Patrick Corbin a stranger at Chase Field with visiting Nationals - Patrick Corbin spent six seasons in Arizona, but Friday gave him a chance to explore some pockets of Chase Field that he still didn’t really know. “Definitely strange being on this side,” Corbin said. ”I’ve never really been in this clubhouse.” Corbin, now with the Nationals, is back in town to face his old team. He’ll pitch against the Diamondbacks on Sunday. He’s very quite familiar with the lineup, but that advantage works both ways. “I’m hoping it helps. They know pretty well, too,” Corbin said. “They’ve seen me my whole career that I’ve been here, but you know their hitters, you just try to go out there and execute pitches. … I’m really looking forward to the opportunity to face them.”
Around the League
[ESPN] Yanks’ 1B woes grow as Encarnacion breaks wrist - New York Yankees slugger Edwin Encarnacion was placed on the 10-day injured list with a broken right wrist, the team announced before the second game of Saturday’s doubleheader sweep of the Red Sox. In the eighth inning of the first game, Encarnacion was struck on the bottom of his right hand as he tried to get out of the way of an 87.1 mph slider that stayed up and in.
[Cut4] A pitcher’s dazzling show at a stadium speed pitch challenge earned him a deal with the A’s - Never give up on your dreams. Yes, I know that’s a cliche, a trope, something we’ve all heard forever. But it’s true. Two weeks ago, a pair of brothers tried their luck at the speed pitch challenge at Coors Field, as part of a night out at a Rockies game. One of them, Nathan Patterson, lit up the radar gun with some eye-popping fastballs. This feat of arm strength came a few months after Patterson turned heads on social media with another showcase of his pitching repertoire ... while his left arm was in a cast. This is all, uh, rather impressive. 94+ mph? On a fan speed pitch radar booth? That’s what we all think we can do, only to feel the crushing disappointment when the gun flashes up a number we’d rather not tell our friends about.