Castillo’s Blast Lifts Diamondbacks Over Mets, 2-1


Jun 6, 2015; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks catcher Welington Castillo (7) runs the bases after hitting a two run home run against the New York Mets during the seventh inning at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

For 6 2/3 innings, the Arizona Diamondbacks did absolutely nothing against Bartolo Colon. Even the mild-mannered Paul Goldschmidt lost his cool on a called third strike which resulted in manager Chip Hale getting tossed from the game for the first time this season. Then, two pitches in the seventh inning turned D’back frustration into utter joy.

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Welington Castillo smacked a two-run home run into the left field seats as Arizona defeated the New York Mets by a score of 2-1. Castillo’s shot erased memories of his disastrous debut the night before in which he struck out four times, taking the dreaded “Golden Sombrero”. He homered one pitch after Chris Owings extended his hitting streak to ten games with a single to left. Amazingly, Castillo almost became a goat as Brad Ziegler attempted to get the save. With a runner on first in the ninth with one out, he was called for catcher’s interference with Darrell Ceciliani at bat. Fortunately, Ziegler proceeded to induce John Mayberry, Jr. into a game-ending double play and record his sixth save.

Chase Anderson pitched well enough for to keep his team in the game. The only run he gave up was a home run to Juan Lagares in the second inning. The right-hander allowed eight hits and a walk while striking out six in 5 2/3 innings. Randall Delgado got the next four outs to earn the victory and Addison Reed pitched a scoreless eighth inning. Despite the seventh inning, Colon pitched brilliantly enough to get his team the victory but the Mets’ offensive woes continued as they pounded out ten hits with only one run to show for it.

The Diamondbacks are now a game under .500 at 27-28. The Mets lost an opportunity to jump back into first place and are now 30-27. The finale will be Sunday at 1:10 PM MST.