MLB: The AZ Diamondbacks Weekend Series against the SF Giants
The Diamondbacks won their weekend series against the Giants, taking three out of four in San Francisco. The team saw solid starting pitching from Archie Bradley, Josh Collmenter and Jeremy Hellickson and solid hitting from Paul Goldschmidt, A J Pollock, Chris Owings, Mark Trumbo and, even pitcher, Josh Collmenter.
This past Sunday Jeremy Hellickson, who was coming off of two sub-par performances, had a very solid pitching performance against the Giants. He went 6 2/3 innings, scattered eight hits and allowed only one run in a 5-1 victory. The Giants were able to get men on base, but Hellickson pitched around it, with the help of three double-play balls. He also had the benefit of excellent relief pitching from Brad Ziegler and Addison Reed.
Rubby De La Rosa struggled some in his Saturday start, the Diamondbacks’ only loss of the series. He gave up four runs, three of which were earned, on nine hits in 6 2/3 innings, but was still throwing the ball hard and had seven strikeouts. He lowered his ERA from 7.53 to 6.00, and, while that is still high, he seems to have adjusted some of his pitches. On Friday, Josh Collmenter was able to go the distance, pitching a complete game shutout. It was the MLB’s first complete game of the season by any pitcher. He only allowed four hits and struck out two batters. It was his best outing as a starter and he helped himself out with three hits and an RBI. Archie Bradley did not disappoint in his second start either. He threw 6 2/3 innings, allowing only four hits and two earned runs with two walks and four strikeouts. He ended up with a no-decision, as that game went into extra innings, but the Diamondbacks did win that game.
As for the hitting, Mark Trumbo got his first home run of the season Thursday night, a ball he crushed into the left field bleachers. Trumbo is now batting .273 on the year, with one home run and four RBI, and seems to have found his hitting stroke. David Peralta had a good series as well. He collected three hits, two of which were doubles, and had two RBI. He also had a home run during Saturday night’s game. Paul Goldschmidt had another great series. We can say for certain that Goldschmidt owns the Giants. He finished the series with two home runs and six RBI, he had a hit in every game of the series and his defense was outstanding.
The Diamondbacks are now 7-6 on the season. Much different from last year’s 2-11 start, while being outscored by 62 runs. So far this year they have outscored their opponents by 11, with a total of 60 runs. They are swinging the bats well and have played notable defense. Their bullpen has been solid, for the most part, and their rotation seems to be turning around.
The Diamondbacks will take on the Texas Rangers in a quick two-game series at Chase Field early this week. This will be Arizona’s first interleague matchup of the season.
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