Arizona Diamondbacks: Winning streak reaches three
By Mark Brown
The Arizona Diamondbacks continue to punish opponents at home.
For the Arizona Diamondbacks, their current home stand is off to a strong start. After dispatching of the Pittsburgh Pirates Friday night behind left-hander Patrick Corbin, the Diamondbacks picked up momentum with a three-game winning streak.
Corbin rebounded from a tough outing against the Rockies last weekend to post his third win of the season. More importantly, the Diamondbacks managed a 16-hit attack and increased their home mark to 15-6, the best in the majors.
In defeating the Pirates 11-4 before 21,911 in Chase Field Friday night, their offensive dominance of the opposition continues. Two players in particular, Brandon Drury and Paul Goldschmidt continue to light up Chase Field.
With a 3-for-5 night, Drury’s single, double and home run fell just short of the cycle. Now hitting .325 on the season, the second baseman has reached base safely in 31 of his last 32 games at home. As well, Drury has a 10-game hitting streak alive (17-for-41) and that includes six doubles and three home runs.
In the case of Goldschmidt, the veteran first baseman has reached safely in 24 straight games in Chase and that represents the second-longest streak of his career (31 games from Aug 9, 2015 through April 8, 2016).
In this home stand, Drury, Goldschmidt and the offense received a boot from David Peralta, who chipped in with a 3-for-5 night Friday and now sports a .308 season batting average. As well, Peralta helped with his glove Thursday night.
That’s when he made a diving catch of a ball hit by the Pirates’ Andrew McCutchen in the opening inning. Unknown at the time, Peralta’s catch would help preserve Zack Greinke’s no-hit bid. That was until the Bucs’ Gregory Polanco homered off of Greinke to break up the no-hitter leading off the eighth inning.
Overall, the Diamondbacks continue to beat up opponents at home. With the 16-hit attack Friday, their home batting average, at .295, remains just behind the Washington Nationals (.301).
For manager Torey Lovullo, the challenge ahead is to harness that energy away from Chase Field. With only three games out of the desert among their next 11 contests, the hour seems at hand to collect valuable wins at home and prepare for tough encounters of the road.
The Pirates’ series continues on Saturday. That’s when righty Taijuan Walker (3-2, 3.83) taking on right-hander Trevor Williams (1-2, 7.98). In the finale Sunday afternoon, Robbie Ray (2-3, 4.14) opposes right-hander Ivan Nova (3-3, 2.23).
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Then, the New York Mets roll into the desert for three this Monday and Tuesday nights and help the Diamondbacks conclude the current home stand with a Wednesday matinee.