What does an elite pitcher with a four pitch mix do when he doesn’t quite have the feel for his secondary pitches? He dominates with his fastball, locating on the edges, getting called strikes and swing and miss, and lets his defense do some work. That’s what Zac Gallen did tonight in the Diamondbacks 5-2 victory over the Miami Marlins.
The D-backs were hoping to get an impact catcher behind the plate, both offensively and defensively, when they acquired Gabriel Moreno from the Blue Jays in December.
Those hopes have been realized.
Moreno has proven his ability to spray the ball all over the field while maintaining a fortified position behind the plate. After going 3-for-4 and driving in a run in the D-backs’ 5-2 victory over the Marlins on Monday night, Moreno has a slash line of .315/.323/.404 in his first 27 games with Arizona.
12 - Jordan Lawlar
22 - Brandon Pfaadt
31 - Druw Jones
On a night where the bullpen desperately needed a rest, Zac Gallen provided seven innings of one run ball.
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So … which Reds prospect had a better day at the plate on Thursday? Matt McLain hit for the cycle. Christian Encarnacion-Strand hit three homers. Encarnacion-Strand now has seven home runs in 13 games this year. — C. Trent Rosecrans