Diamondbacks take series against Parra and Company
By Johanna-Rosalye Luna
PHOENIX, AZ – It was Hall of Fame Weekend, and the Arizona Diamondbacks celebrated in great fashion Randy Johnson’s induction into the National Baseball Hall of Fame, the franchises’ first inductee, by winning the series against the Milwaukee Brewers.
Outfielder Gerardo Parra returned to Chase Field as a Brewer, in what was not an easy series win for the Diamondbacks. It was a four game series in which both team battled to the end. After Patrick Corbin’s phenomenal outing, but unfortunate loss to Milwaukee, the Diamondbacks came came on Saturday determines to win and keep the pitching momentum going with Ruby De La Rosa on the mound.
De La Rosa pitched eight scoreless innings Saturday night, with six strike outs, 2 walks, 4 hits all in 113 pitches and 72 strikes, shutting out the Brewers 2-0. Arizona scored both runs in the first inning on a RBI-double by Paul Goldschmidt and RBI-single by Jake Lamb.
De La Rosa had some electric pitching happening, which can bring the Diamondbacks more wins if he continues to pitch like he did. “ We traded for him for a reason, we know he has his stuff and he’s starting to develop… and Welington [Castillo] is helping him a lot”. Hale also mentioned that Dave Stewart commented to him that “ if we can get eight of 10 starts like that, we’d be in business”.
The electricity continued into Sunday’s game to end the series against the Brewers at Chase Field. Jeremy Hellickson delivered a shut-out for the Diamondbacks (3 – 0) for the second game in a row, taking the series from the Brewers 3 – 1.
In the third inning the Brewers were looking to get on the board first, however, they did not see catcher Oscar Hernandez blocking Matt Garza from the scoring run at home plate. Arizona answered back in the fourth inning an RBI-triple by Jake Lamb, to bring in Aaron Hill. The Diamondbacks decided that that wasn’t enough, so they tacked on another two runs on a pinch-hit by Chris Owings with an RBI-double to bring in Lamb and Nick Ahmed making it 3-0 taking the win and the series.
It seems like the Diamondbacks are now finding their touch in their pitching. They had an electrifying pitching performance against the Brewers and showed them good results. Manager Chip Hale is finding what works best in their hitting line-up to help the team score runs and convert games into wins, and the same goes for their pitching.
Now the team goes on the road for two weeks. Their first stop is Seattle where right-hand pitcher Robbie Ray will have the start tomorrow against the Mariners.
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