Nationals @ Dbacks: Dbacks fire back in big win


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A night after getting blown out early by the Washington Nationals, the Arizona Diamondbacks returned the favor and gave the Nationals a taste of their own medicine.

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The Diamondbacks have a knack for chasing big name pitchers off the mound at Chase Field, and against Washington, they made quick work of Stephen Strasburg who only lasted 3.1 innings before getting pulled.

Even the home plate umpire left early as Kerwin Danley left the game after being struck by a foul tip. Fortunately, he was able to leave his field under his own power.

With 14 runs powering the offense, Mark Trumbo had another strong night at the plate as he continues his hot start to the year. Trumbo went 4-5 with 2 home runs and 4 rbis. Strangely enough, Paul Goldschmidt was the only one in the lineup to get a hit tonight. However, Goldschmidt did get on base twice drawing two walks.

In what is becoming a trend lately, and a positive one, Rubby De Le Rosa had another good start for the Diamondbacks. De La Rosa is getting length out of his outings lately and providing plenty of innings for the team. De La Rosa went 7 innings and gave up 4 runs and 8 hits. It wasn’t spectacular but as long he’s picking up innings and the Diamondbacks are winning, he will be just fine.

Even better, with everyone getting in the hit parade, De La Rosa drove in a run to help out his own cause. It doesn’t go without notice that Nick Ahmed desperately picked up two hits of his own and raised his average to .150 while driving in a run of his own.

David Peralta, Aaron Hill and Chris Owings all had three hits of their own. As for Washington, it’s a forgettable game, but Bryce Harper did crank another home run. There isn’t a player on as torrid of a pace as him right now. He’s certainly turning into something special.

The Good: The Diamondbacks could have folded against the talented Nationals a night after getting run over. Instead the team brought the fight right back to Washington, and now they have a chance at taking the series tomorrow.

The Bad: Andrew Chafin got through the 8th inning, but couldn’t get through the 9th unscathed and allowed the Nationals to plate a couple of runs. The Diamondbacks would have to pull Chafin and bring in Randall Delgado. The Diamondbacks had a 10-run lead at the time however, but still, it would have been great if he went all the way through without allowing a run and having the team have to burn a reliever.

The Ugly: When the offense scores 14 and gets 16 hits and the starter goes 7 strong innings, there isn’t too much to be taken aghast at. Good win for the Diamondbacks.

Up Next: The Diamondbacks have a chance to take the series finale against a good Washington Nationals in an afternoon matinee at the park.

Gio Gonzalez (3-2 3.62 ERA) vs Jeremy Hellickson (1-3 5.85 ERA)

If Hellickson can’t get it going tomorrow, then his leash is about to get real tight.

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