The Arizona Diamondbacks have won ten straight games, including sweeping three divisional opponents in back-to-back-to-back series.
However, these wins did not come from power-hitting. The Diamondbacks proved that while they can play the power game, they can also play enough small ball to take 10 straight wins.
Only five home runs came off the Diamondbacks’ bats in the three-game series in Denver. There were five other extra-base hits, but a whopping 18 singles. In efforts to raise the team on-base percentage, the Diamondbacks also drew a matching 18 walks.
While the sweep has extended the Diamondbacks lead over the Rockies in the National League Wild Card race to 6.5 games, the Rockies did have one thing going for them.
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Starting pitchers Jon Gray and German Marquez pitched into the fifth and sixth innings of their respective starts, something the four starters before them had been unable to do.
Also, the Diamondbacks team batting average was slightly lower (.257) against the Rockies than it was against the Dodgers (.316). Their on-base percentage was a little lower (.368 against LAD), but the 18 walks kept it at .363.
But, the Diamondbacks held on to one more important streak. While they had held a lead for 52 consecutive innings, they still haven’t trailed in an inning for 78 consecutive innings.
The final game of the series included manager Torey Lovullo’s decision to sit Paul Goldschmidt, J.D. Martinez and A.J. Pollock. While controversial, Goldschmidt hadn’t earned a hit in the first two games, but Martinez and Pollock combined for six of the team’s hits. They also combined for five runs scored, six RBI, two walks, two doubles and a home run.
The Diamondbacks also continued Patrick Corbin’s winning streak, which is now up to five games. Corbin has now pitched 33.2 innings in five starts, only allowing three runs.
Taijuan Walker added a record of his own as he joined Robbie Ray and Max Scherzer as the only Diamondbacks pitchers to strikeout ten batters in five innings or less.
The main concern is that the Diamondbacks used 10 total relievers (and closers) for 10.2 innings. While the main arms rested in the final game, rookie Jimmie Sherfy showed out with a scoreless two innings for his first career save.
However, bullpen fatigue is a real concern as October approaches.
The Diamondbacks will look to continue their success as they send Robbie Ray, Zack Greinke and Taijuan Walker to the mound in Los Angeles to face the Dodgers.
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