The Arizona Diamondbacks swept the San Francisco Giants and won their fourth game straight with an 11-0 shutout behind Patrick Corbin and a big eighth inning.
A successful Players Weekend meant several victories for the Diamondbacks in the National League West. In the NL West standings, the Diamondbacks have now gained two runs back on the Los Angeles Dodgers, who have lost back-to-back games, while holding a 1.5 game lead over the Colorado Rockies in the Wild Card race.
Another dominant performance by Patrick Corbin provided part of the win.
Corbin has now won four straight starts. In those four games, he has pitched 30.1 innings, while earning a 0.39 ERA and striking out 29 batters.
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Despite Corbin’s strong start, the Diamondbacks offense was having a seemingly slow weekend. Before the eighth inning on Sunday, the team had scored eight runs in the three games.
Offense Tears into Matt Cain
Enter Matt Cain. Cain started off the inning by walking J.D. Martinez. Back-to-back-to-back singles and Chris Herrmann drove in two runs, including Martinez and Daniel Descalso.
However, the offense had more to say. With Brandon Drury batting, Herrmann stole second and Giants’ Nick Hundley committed a throwing error allowing Adam Rosales to score. Drury then hit a sacrifice fly to score Herrmann.
With one out and four runs already scored, Gregor Blanco walked, A.J. Pollock hit a pop fly and Jake Lamb was hit by a pitch.
Enter Paul Goldschmidt, who is making his candidacy for NL MVP undeniable. Goldschmidt knocked a fly ball over the left center field wall for a three-run homer. His 31st home run of the season.
“America’s first baseman” also has 104 RBI.
Just when fans thought it couldn’t get any better than that, the Diamondbacks did something they’ve only ever done five times in team history.
The Diamondbacks had hit back-to-back-to-back homeruns.
Martinez hit a solo shot to center field to score for the second time in the same inning.
“Flaco” has 11 home runs and 27 RBI in just 33 games with the Diamondbacks.
Despite the Giants changing the pitcher from Cain to Cory Gearrin, Descalso followed it up with a solo shot to right field. It was Martinez’s 29th and Descalso’s eighth for the season.
More positive news, the nine-run eighth inning saved the Diamondbacks bullpen from having to earn a save. Both Fernando Rodney and Archie Bradley got the day off. Jake Barrett closed the game by retiring three straight Giants batters.
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With the sweep over the Giants, the Diamondbacks have now swept seven series this season. They will host the division-leading Dodgers next.