D-Backs don’t get the Memo, fall to Brewers 8-6
PHOENIX— The Milwaukee Brewers entered Friday’s game outscoring opponents 57-17 in the first inning. The D-Backs didn’t get the Memo. Arizona gave up three in the first but gave the Brewers a taste of their own medicine with three of their own, in the same inning.
Jake Lamb hit a three-run home run to center field in the bottom of the first to tie the game at three. Lamb leads the Majors with 56 RBI. The AL Co-Leaders have 46 (Nelson Cruz & Miguel Sano). In the first update for the NL All-Star Vote that was released on May 30, Jake Lamb wasn’t even in the top five for voting, although with 13 RBI since then, he should see his voting numbers increase significantly.
“He comes up, and you kind of sit on the edge of your seat, waiting for something to happen,” D-Backs Manager Torey Lovullo said of Lamb.
“To the fans of the Arizona Diamondbacks, I just hope that you get out there and do your job and vote for these guys because they’re well deserving of All-Star consideration,” Lovullo said of Lamb and Goldschmidt, who is fourth in voting among NL first baseman.
When it comes to Goldy, looking at his stats and the D-Backs record, he should probably be in the MVP conversation. So, the fact that he might not even be an All-Star is shocking.
D-Backs Starter Randall Delgado went five innings giving up four runs on seven hits, walking two, striking out five.
David Peralta doubled a 2-2 fastball to left in the bottom of the fifth, and Goldy drove him home to tie the game at four. Peralta figures to continue hitting well at home, with his .327 average at Chase Field in 2017.
Arizona reliever T.J. McFarland hung a changeup in the top of the sixth, which you’re NEVER supposed to do, and Brewers first baseman Jesus Aguilar took full advantage, lacing a double down to left field. Daniel Descalso, who mainly plays in the infield, went to field the ball, it took one hop, and Descalso accidentally kicked it with his cleat, allowing two runs to score for the Brewers and put them up 6-4.
Gregor Blanco tripled in the bottom of the seventh when Brewers center fielder Brett Phillips misplayed the ball with one out. David “Freight Train” Peralta belted a 1-1 fastball up the middle to drive in Blanco and make it an 8-5 ball game. Goldy reached base on a single and the D-Backs were in business with the red-hot Jake Lamb at the plate. Lamb walked, and Chris Owings had his chance to play hero with the bases loaded. Owings hit a sac fly that brought home Peralta to cut the lead to 8-6. Descalso was up next and he walked to reload the bases, which left Nick Ahmed up. Ahmed, a .271 hitter, grounded out to end the inning.
Brandon Drury doubled to leadoff the top of the eighth. The Brewers entered the game outscored by opponents 66-32 in the eighth and ninth innings, but this night would be different as the D-Backs couldn’t mount a comeback.
“They jumped out to that 8-4 lead, and I just think we ran out of gas,” Lovullo said. “A couple of moments that stick out in my mind were the one inning we had a couple of well-hit balls to the right side, they made plays. C.O. [Owings] barely missed hitting a grand slam, I thought it was a great swing,” Lovullo said.
Chasing History: Paul Goldschmidt has reached base safely in a career-high 36 consecutive games at Chase Field. He is one shy of Stephen Drew’s D-Backs record.
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