Angels @ Dbacks: Homers power Arizona in win


The Arizona Diamondbacks and Los Angeles Angels combined for 21 hits. Not many would guess there were that many hits based on the final score, but alas runners were stranded and pitchers pitched out of jams in a fantastic game between the two clubs Wednesday night.

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Continuing his blazing streak of hitting, Paul Goldschmidt got the Diamondbacks on the board in the 1st with a solo shot of his own. It was his 19th home run on the season.

The excitement didn’t stop there either, as Yasmany Tomás legged out an incredible triple in the 3rd, much to the delight of the crowd. For Tomás, it was the first triple of his career. The Diamondbacks would extend their lead to 3-0 in the 4th off of a home run by Wellington Castillo.

That would be the last of the scoring for Arizona the rest of the way, as they looked to the pitching to hold on. Chase Anderson didn’t pitch as well as his stellar performance in San Francisco, where he almost threw a no-hitter, but tonight he had a quality start. Anderson, got out of a jam with runners on second and third in the 6th inning and finished the night pitching six innings and giving up two runs, both off of ground outs.

If the 6th inning wasn’t shaky enough, the 7th inning was, as David Hernandez gave up two hits while getting only one out. Oliver Perez would come in and get an out and Daniel Hudson finished the 7th off and got the Diamondbacks out of a jam when it looked like the Angels were going to take the lead.

Hudson, pitched a scoreless eighth, and impressively struck out Albert Pujols with a 96 mph fastball. Brad Ziegler would finish off the ninth, and suddenly the Diamondbacks have taken two of three in this home-and-home with the Angels.

Once again they have a shot at .500 tomorrow, something they have failed in their previous seven attempts to do.

Player of the Game: It’s a tough one, but Daniel Hudson kept this game from falling apart and the bullpen becoming a discussion point for the wrong reasons yet again. It’s great to see Hudson working his way back, and he picked up his teammates when they needed him.

Whose ball is it?: In the 8th, Matt Joyce hit a deep fly off the left-center field wall, that bounced to A.J. Pollock and David Peralta. The two ran into each other trying to grab the ball. Luckily, Joyce didn’t score, but this isn’t the first time this season that there has been miscommunication in the outfield.

So, here the Diamondbacks are yet again with a shot at .500. Will they finally get it?

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