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Diamondbacks win Sunday but lose series vs Rockies

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DENVER, CO - AUGUST 22: Daulton Varsho #12 of the Arizona Diamondbacks hits a double in the seventh inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on August 22, 2021 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - AUGUST 22: Daulton Varsho #12 of the Arizona Diamondbacks hits a double in the seventh inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on August 22, 2021 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images) /
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DENVER, CO – AUGUST 22: Christian Walker #53 of the Arizona Diamondbacks hits a solo home run in the eighth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on August 22, 2021 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images) /

The Diamondbacks offense comes alive, Widener pitches rather weird

The Dbacks won 8-4. This game was filled with bewildering and amazing statistics for the Diamondbacks. Both sides had them in terms of pitching and hitting. First, let’s start with Taylor Widener. He got his first MLB hit in his career in Sunday’s game.

Taylor must like the number 5 after pitching 5 innings of 1 hit, 5 walks, and 5 K’s ball. If you didn’t know, walking someone in Coors Field is tantamount to telling your wife she doesn’t look good in her dress. It usually doesn’t end well.

Widener had a span of 9 batters, starting in the 3rd, where he either walked or struck them out. Talk about completing a high-wire balancing act. It was only the 3rd time that a pitcher ended his day with 5 innings, 5 walks, 5 strikeouts. The other two times were Tucker Davidson (Braves) and Shohei Ohtani ( you know who he is).

Caleb Smith pitched, still awaiting results from MLB on glove-testing for substances, and did rather well. He gave 2+ innings out of the bullpen allowing only 2 runs, 1 walk, and 2 K’s. Clarke and Clippard closed out the game.

On the offensive side, it was the Christian Walker and Daulton Var-show today. Plus, the Dbacks love walking to first base. In the fifth inning, 5 Dbacks hitters got a walk. It was only the 2nd time this season and since 2017 for the Dbacks to get 5 walks in an inning. 6/8 of the position starters got walks in the game. Overall, the team got the Rockies to walk them 7 times.

Additionally, 5 Dbacks hitters had at least 1 RBI in the game. They were led by Varsho who had 4. Drew Ellis, Peralta, Marte, and Varsho had a double in the game. Christian Walker homered to finally break his homer-less spell. Varsho hit his first triple of the year and Varsho had a monster home run. It was a 3-run bomb to get the scoring started for the Snakes.

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Varsho actually finished a single shy of the cycle for the game. It’s a bit funny that he was able to get all the hard parts of the cycle done. Yet, he couldn’t get the easiest. He has a really bright future with the team. It’s very exciting.

The Diamondbacks head to Pittsburgh to take on the Pirates. Look for a series preview shortly!

As Always,

May the Force be with You…

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