D-Backs score three runs in the 7th, defeat Tigers 7-1
PHOENIX—Paul Goldschmidt is fast, and the crowd, usually rather quiet at Chase Field, actually showed some life, erupting Wednesday night at Chase Field.
Yasmany Tomas and Brandon Drury went back-to-back as the D-Backs scored five combined runs in the sixth and seventh innings as they beat the Tigers 7-1.
D-backs starter Zack Godley, who was called up from Triple-A sometime Wednesday morning, pitched a GEM. Godley went seven innings, allowing one run on four hits, walking just one batter and striking out six. “I think the biggest thing for me tonight was establishing my change-up,” Godley said. “Getting them off balance and then getting groundballs with the fastball.”
Things weren’t so pretty for Tigers starter Matt Boyd, however. What was looking like a great start, 2 1/3 innings of no-hit baseball with Nick Ahmed up and pitcher Zack Godley on deck, turned into pixie dust in a matter of seconds. He’d give up a homer to Ahmed, a hit to A.J. Pollock, and then a passed ball allowed A.J. Pollock to score. Boyd went six innings, giving up three earned runs on eight hits, walking three and striking out six.
The seven runs scored for the D-backs is their highest total since April 25 against the Padres.
First Time for Everything: Nick Ahmed’s homer in the third inning was his first hit against the Tigers in his career
Perfect Timing: A.J. Pollock’s single in the bottom of the sixth on a 0-2 count brought in Brandon Drury and Nick Ahmed to make it 4-1 D-Backs. Pollock is hitting .346 in the sixth inning over the course of his career, his highest average in any inning. “For me, the big blow was A.J.’s two-run single, which was a great at-bat,” D-backs Manager Torey Lovullo said.
….Wait…WHAT?: Jacoby Ellsbury, Jonathan Villar, Trea Turner, Jean Segura, and Mike Trout. These players all have something in common. They all have fewer stolen bases than….Paul Goldschmidt (9). Why walk Goldy? The Tigers intentionally walked Goldy twice, to prevent his bat from making noise. But it won’t do them any good when he’s able to hurt them on the basepaths as well. There’s no way to stop this man. “He’s a rare player,” Lovullo said. “I think that’s why he’s one of the top players in the National League.”
Too Hot Too Handle: Brandon Drury has been great at home for the D-Backs lately. He’s got four straight multi-hit games. “He’s been swinging the bat really well,” Lovullo said. “His swing l0oks connected to me, driving the ball to all fields. Very good approach, working hard to finalize that approach and make it what it is now.”
By the way, aren’t gold glove winners supposed to be great fielders?
Despite the performance from Godley, The D-Backs’ weakness at the moment seems to be it’s pitching. I have a solution. Don’t get me wrong, Chris Owings has been great this year, but maybe that’s the point. Ketel Marte is sitting in AAA ball hitting .400, and that’s just ludicrous. What if the D-Backs shipped off Chris Owings, and prospects for someone like Jose Quintana from the Chicago White Sox? A rotation of Greinke, Quintana, Walker, Corbin, and Ray might be what this team needs to make a playoff push. Just food for thought.
Next Up: Zack Greinke and the Dbacks take on the Pittsburgh Pirates Thursday.
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