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The Arizona Diamondbacks had a promising start to the week, defeating the Colorado Rockies in two of three games. However, the D-backs momentum was halted completely once they visited the Dodgers. Los Angeles would end up sweeping Arizona.
Although the past week produced a 2-4 record, including two shutout losses at the hands of the Dodgers, the Diamondbacks have some bright spots to build off of. A couple of respectable pitching performances and some individual offensive efforts are among those bright spots. Here are the players of the week.
May 3, 2015; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt (44) hits a single in the twelfth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
Goldy absolutely raked this past week. The team was on the losing end more than on the winning end this week, but it wasn’t due to Goldschmidt. He went 15-for-27 this week, resulting to a .555 batting average. Goldschmidt collected a hit in each of the games this week and is now on a modest 6-game hitting streak.
Goldschmidt was an extra base machine as well. He hit four doubles during the week and connected for a home run on Saturday in Los Angeles. The run producer also drove in six, while scoring five runs himself.
May 1, 2015; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks right fielder Mark Trumbo (15) hits a single in the sixth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
Trumbo’s week is best explained as a tale of two series. The D-backs fans that saw the Colorado series saw a an absolute beast at the plate. He went 7-for-12, including a four hit game that was a double short of the cycle. He smacked a homer and 2 doubles in that series. He’d also drive in five runs.
D-backs fans that saw that series may want to console those faithful that only viewed the Los Angeles series. Against the Dodgers, Trumbo went 1-for-12 and collected no runs or RBI. Arizona hopes that this series performance was an anomaly. Fortunately for Trumbo, he’ll see Colorado again this upcoming week and this time at hitter-friendly Coors Field.
Apr 24, 2015; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks center fielder Ender Inciarte (5) singles in the third inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports
Inciarte is still sharing playing time with A.J. Pollock and David Peralta. He didn’t waste the opportunities he was allowed on the field and showed a productive showing this week. Inciarte went 6-for-20, resulting in an even .300 batting average.
Two of Inciarte’s six hits were doubles. Spending time at the leadoff spot, he scored four runs. He also showed his worth as a run producer with three RBI. If Inciarte is able to consistently churn out weeks like this last one, he has a serious argument for everyday at bats.
Apr 29, 2015; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Josh Collmenter (55) throws during the first inning against the Colorado Rockies at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports
Collmenter was absolutely masterful in his lone start this past week. He clinched the series win against Colorado on Wednesday night with an 8 inning outing. He surrendered an unearned run along with 5 hits, while striking out 6 batters.
What’s even more encouraging is that it’s the second time this season that Collmenter has gone 8 or more innings while not giving up an earned run. Some faithful may not be comfortable with the fan-favorite assuming role as an ace, but it’s undeniable that Collmenter is one of the two best options for the D-backs at starting pitcher.
May 3, 2015; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Chase Anderson (57) pitches the first inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
This inclusion’s praise has nothing to do with Anderson’s rough outing against Pittsburgh. Earlier in the week, Anderson gave up 5 runs and 8 hits 5 ⅓ innings, while striking out four. The praise has everything to do with this effort on Sunday against the Dodgers.
Anderson pitched 6 scoreless innings and only gave up two hits, while striking out 7 batters. He would end up getting snakebitten by his own teammates as he wound up with a no-decision, due to no run support. If Arizona has greater aspirations, it’s going to need depth at the back end of the rotation and on Sunday that’s what Anderson provided.