D-backs Show Improvement In Win Over Dodgers

By J. Levi Burnfin

The D-backs offense scored 11 runs to beat the Dodgers 11-4 after scoring six early runs the night before only to see their lead evaporate with a bullpen implosion.

Justin Upton and Paul Goldschmidt continued to heat up a bit as Upton hit another opposite field bomb while going 1-for-4 with a walk and Goldschmidt went 1-for-2 with a double and a pair of walks. These two hitters, along with Chris Young, are the centerpieces of what could be a potent offense.

Goldschmidt came into the game with 11 hits in his last 36 at bats with a home run and three doubles. Now, that’s not exactly the type of power many D-backs fans were expecting from him but three doubles in 36 at-bats is nothing to sneeze at. His power will come sooner or later.

Meanwhile, Upton came into the game 12 for his last 40 at bats with 10 walks and 10 strike outs. While the strike outs are higher than you would like, the walks are a good sign he is seeing the ball a bit better. Not to mention the last couple of home runs have been “oppo-tacos” which is good to see Upton driving the ball the other way.

But it takes more than a few hitters to create a good offense. And, while Upton, Goldschmidt and Young will drive the offense, they will need the hitters around them to improve, as well.

And some are doing just that. Willie Bloomquist is hitting .390 over the last two weeks, Ryan Roberts is hitting .375 over the last week and Jason Kubel is hitting .289 with five doubles over last two weeks.

None of these tiny streaks mean anything if they can’t keep it up, but after a dreary beginning to the season, I will take any positivism I can at this point.

Want another piece of hope? I bet Trevor Bauer will be in the rotation by the end of next month. He threw five innings and only gave up one run while striking out five. He did walk five, though.