Rangers @ D-Backs Game Recap: Is Chris Owings Back?

By Manny Nunez

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Chris Owings isn’t at 100% this season. He has slumped tremendously hitting just under .200. He was called up in 2013 and showed he can be a hitter for contact with 21 extra base hits last season with a .260 average. He will never hit for power, but he can be clutch at times.

Against Texas on Wednesday night, his solo shot sparked up an offense that managed to put up at least a run in five of the final six innings in an 8-5 victory over Texas

Owings has slowly picked up his offense, picking up at least a hit in his last three games. He has also gone 6-for-13 in those three games, compared to just 3-for-18 in the previous four. Even give hitting coach Mark Grace a lot of love, being his wing man to break him out of his shell for 2015.

The Good:

Archie Bradley bounced back very nicely after a nervous first inning. Lucky for him on 40 pitches, he managed to give up only a run. He then settled down and managed to give up two hits in the next five innings.

His good stuff also kept the ball on the ground, forcing four double plays in the process.

The D-Backs offense had their usual clutch athletes. A.J. Pollock and Mark Trumbo combined going 4-for-7, while Ender Inciarte and Nick Ahmed also got a hit.

The Bad:

What turned into a guaranteed victory ended up as a potential save situation. Andrew Chaffin came into the 9th and gave up three runs before Addison Reed had to come in and clean up the mess. Chaffin had also not pitched in six days, so there may have been a lot of rust from sitting out so long.

Offensively even with eight on the board was not all perfect. The D-Backs went 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position. They got away with it then, but it will be hard to say if this can happen all the time.

Next Up:

Arizona will rest up tomorrow.  Pittsburgh is next on the schedule for a three game series beginning this Friday.