Simply put, the Diamondbacks should have won this game, despite Taylor Widener giving up a three-run shot to Joey Gallo with two out in the fourth inning.
Kole Calhoun’s night was filled with highlight room material, from a lead-off TOOTBLAN, to driving in the first run of the game, to a great defensive play in right field, Calhoun was all over the place on Tuesday night. Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough to carry the Snakes to victory.
Taylor Widener wasn’t actually awful on Tuesday night. He simply wasn’t good either. Widener’s biggest problem was his inability to put batters away, a problem that is not new to him or to those who have been watching him for a while now. By the time Joey Gallo stepped to the plate with two on and two out in the bottom of the fourth inning, Widener had already thrown 85 pitches and was clearly gassed. Widener had already stuck Gallo out once in the game and there was still a base open to accommodate a walk. Torey Lovullo chose to let Widener pitch to Gallo, rather than turn to Brett de Geus with the bases juiced. That’s when Widener’s other boogeyman came out and bit him, as Gallo did that thing he often does crushing the ball and putting it in the seats. That was on Widener’s 87th pitch. The blast put the Rangers up 5-2 and the Diamondbacks were simply unable to fully recover, though they had already run themselves out of at least one run in the game.
In what has been a garbage season, the evolution of Josh Rojas has been one of the few bright points.
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