A day after Zach Grienke and the Dodgers bullpen shut the Diamondbacks offense out, the Dbacks responded with the largest offensive output in franchise history in an 18-7 rout of the Dodgers in front of 36,688 at Chase Field. The Dbacks celebrated the hiring of Chief Baseball Officer Tony La Russa in style treating their home fans to all around great night. I’m calling it right now: the LaRussa effect is here!
Despite the team’s poor record in the standings, that deosn’t take from the fact that this team has been working hard. they just hadn’t been rewarded. Last night they were finally rewarded. The Dbacks set a club record for hits in a 9 inning game with 21 and their 13 extra base hits also set a record. The roof was open for most of the game and the hitters took advantage. L.A and Arizona hit 7 home runs combined with Arizona hiting five: Carl Crawford and Yasiel Puig each hit one for the Dodgers.
Paul Goldschmidt once again led the charge for the Dbacks offensively bashing home runs in the 7rh and 8th innings putting the Dbacks up 6 and 11 runs respectively. He had a career high 12 total baeses and 6 RBI’s. He also scored a franchise best five runs.
The Dbacks never trailed Saturday scoring 7 times in the 2nd inning against Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw chasing him after 1.2 innings pitched which was the second shortest outing of his career. In one game Kershaw’s era jumped from 1.28 to 4.43. The Dbacks also hit three triples in that second inning which was a franchise record.
The Dbacks also set the record for most runs ever scored against the Dodgers. Rookie pitcher Chase Anderson got the ball for the Dbacks giving up five runs but his offense gave him plently of support and he got his second win. He became the second rookie pitcher to win his first two starts in franchise history. He pitched 5 solid innings of two run ball but gave up a three run homer to Hanley Rameriez.
Talking to mlb.com, Manager Kirk Gibson was glad his team broke out: “We haven’t really broken out this year, and tonight we did,” D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said. “We were patient, and when we got pitches to hit, we hammered them. … We’ve displayed a lot of patience, they’ve worked very hard and tonight they were rewarded for it.”
Coming into the game, the Dbacks were 1-8 against the Dodgers this season and had not gotten a win at home against their rival. Hopefully the Snakes can keep this up. Arizona got just their fifth home victory of 2014. The Dbacks will go for their first home series win of the season in the rubber game today.