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Arizona Diamondbacks 7, Los Angeles Angels 4: Bombs Away

The Beard Heads West

MLB: Arizona Diamondbacks at Los Angeles Angels Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

After a horrific ending to the New York Mets series, the Diamondbacks went West to visit Mike Trout and the Los Angeles Angels. Zack Greinke faced up and comer Jaime Barria. The game was presented on ESPN and it delivered. The first inning started with Jon Jay singling with a ground ball up the middle. Paul Goldschmidt then blasted a ball to the waterfall in center field which was a great sight for many D-backs fans including our very own Keegan Thompson.

The top half of the inning ended with a Jake Lamb strikeout, a David Peralta line out and a Daniel Descalso ground out. The Angels made the bottom of the inning interesting with a challenge on a strike-em-out-throw-em-out. The play was upheld which ended the inning.

The Diamondbacks continued to strengthen their lead with a Ketel Marte homer on a 91 mph fastball on the middle inner half of the plate. Marte has generated a lot of pop recently which makes that contract feel a little bit better.

The Angels couldn’t answer in the second and third while the D-backs followed suit in the third. The fourth inning was where the fireworks began to fly for both teams. Daniel Descalso reached on a one out single and Nick Ahmed walked with two down. Jeff Mathis (I am shocked as well), drove a slider on the outer half of the plate for a double. Jarrod Dyson followed the run parade, driving in Jeff Mathis with a single to former Buckeye High School standout Kole Calhoun. The Angels two runs of the inning came from two balls that were deposited by Justin Upton and surprisingly, Albert Pujols. Upton’s home run was on an 83.7 mph slider on the inner half of the plate and Pujols bomb was on a lousy changeup right down Main Street, U.S.A (of course I had to drop a Disneyland reference).

The fifth and sixth innings were uneventful as 0’s were pushed across the board. The Angels were able to pick up a run in the 7th on a sac fly by Justin Upton. Yoshi Hirano was the one to relieve Greinke before the Upton sac fly. The play Jarrod Dyson made was another play in a long line of amazing plays as our Fearless Leader Jim McLennan states:

Both teams were able to put a run on the board as Nick Ahmed hit a solo home run to center field on a poorly placed fastball. For the Angels, Jorge De La Rosa gave up the single to Martin Maldonado. Although I will say that I am now on the #FreeBracho train.

Snake Stars

☆☆☆: Paul Goldschmidt: 1-4, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 RBI, HR
☆☆: Ketel Marte: 1-3, R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, HR
☆: Archie Bradley: 1.1 IP, 1 H, Save

Roll Call:

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Archie Bradley relieved De LA Rosa and was able to get out of the inning.

Mike Trout was able to reach on a walk but after a double play and a fly out to center, Bradley was able to shut the door on the Angels.

Fangraphs:

Diamondbacks:

  • Positive WPA’s (10%+): Zach Greinke 17.0%, Paul Goldschmidt 13.7%
  • Negative WPA’s(-10%+): None

Angels:

  • Positive WPA’s (10%+): None
  • Negative WPA’s (-10%+): Jaime Barria -30.4%, Justin Upton -12.7%

If you look at the box score, Greinke pitched rather well. The biggest inning for the Angels came on two balls that were sent to souvenir city. I would rather take those than him getting hit hard by half of the Angels lineup and creating a huge lead for the Angels. Before my days on the Monday Recap beat, I firmly believed Archie should be the closer. With a lineup this good, it is very positive that he was able to work through 1.1 tough innings. This team is producing which hopefully can lead into the end of June and the All Star Break.