Diamondbacks move to 6-1
PHOENIX— The Arizona Diamondbacks improved to 6-1 for the first time in 17 years, beating the Cleveland Indians 3-2 and sweeping the series 3-0 Saturday afternoon at Chase Field.
Daniel Descalso, left fielder for the Diamondbacks, opened up the game after three and a half scoreless innings with a single that drove in one, and a throwing error by Indians catcher Yan Gomes, caused by a double steal, made it 2-0 D-Backs.
After a poor outing last time out against the Giants, D-Backs starter Patrick Corbin was practically flawless through 6 innings, giving up just four hits.
“Changeup was a lot better this game. Just got back to getting ahead of guys, throwing strikes,” Corbin said.
Chris Owings continued his hot start to the season by hitting a solo homer in the bottom of the sixth to make it 3-0 D-Backs.
A throwing error by D-Backs second baseman Brandon Drury allowed Indians second baseman Yandy Diaz to score from third in the bottom of the sixth.
Arizona heads to San Francisco to take on the Giants Monday.
“We’re going to focus on today and not look past it. We know what they (San Francisco) are capable of doing,” Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said.
Lovullo was particularly impressed with the performance of Archie Bradley, who came in fired up but had his rhythm thrown off after a couple of coaches challenges took some steam out of his engine. Bradley didn’t let it affect him, and Lovullo thought that was hard for a pitcher of Bradley’s age to do.
The Diamondbacks look like a team in the middle of the season right now, but Lovullo stressed, it’s still very early.
“We’re still laying that foundation. We’re not onto our second brick yet. We are still laying down brick number one of this foundation. We have a long way to go,” Lovullo said.
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