Home run or nothing
All of the Diamondbacks’ runs on Saturday came via the long ball.
Paul Goldschmidt’s two run home run in the first gave the D-backs an early 2-0 lead. Then with Arizona down 7-2 in the seventh, Brandon Drury delivered a pinch-hit three run bomb to left field. Drury’s home run cut the Dodgers lead to two, 7-5.
Home runs and strikeouts are the norm in baseball, but when the D-backs are at their best offensively when they link at-bats and score runs the old fashioned way: get em on, get em over, get em in.
The D-backs linked at-bats in the wild card game. As a result, the whole lineup contributed and despite leaving 10 on base, the D-backs scored 11 runs on 17 hits.
The D-backs are 1-for-8 with RISP in the division series and the Dodgers have had 30 opportunities in two games with runners at second and/or third.
Not only have the D-backs hit a lot of home runs, plenty of them have been solo shots.
Hopefully coming home helps the D-backs get back to what they did in the wild card game.