The Arizona Diamondbacks claimed their second-straight series victory, defeating the Cleveland Indians, 11-2 on Jake Lamb bobble head night.
Hitting is contagious; for that matter great baseball is contagious. A team doesn’t win five of their first six games without executing every facet of the game, and the Arizona Diamondbacks have done that in the opening homestand of 2017.
Regardless of what happens in tomorrow’s series finale, the Diamondbacks assured themselves a winning homestand — last season, fans waited until the middle of August against the Mets for Arizona to accomplish that feat.
The Diamondbacks did it with great pitching, both from the starters and the bullpen. They may have gotten themselves into a few dicey situations, but managed to avoid the big inning. The base running was tremendous and the defense, in the infield and outfield, was on point.
But the offense has carried the load, at a record setting pace. Arizona scored 45 runs in their first six games, the most in franchise history. They are averaging an MLB-best 7.3 runs per game. These video game numbers can’t continue forever, but all it has taken is one or two good at-bats, and the rest of the guys follow.
The Diamondbacks have started 5-1 for the fourth time in club history (2000, 2012 and 2013). Manager Torey Lovullo’s crew won their first two series for the sixth time in club history (2000, 2002, 2010, 2012 and 2013).
Its early, just ask the 2013 Diamondbacks, but there is no question this group has rallied together and is playing confident baseball for each other.
The Snakes will look for the series sweep tomorrow afternoon, but it won’t come easy. One of the best starters in the American League, right-hander Corey Kluber will start for Cleveland.