Jake Lamb hit not one, but two 3-run home runs to bookend this game for the Diamondbacks. He hammered his 21st home run of the year in the first inning before the Reds could even get one out. His second home run came in the top of the 9th inning and gave the D-backs a 12-2 lead.
Outside of the big contribution from Jake Lamb, the D-backs would go on to add six more runs in the game. Gregor Blanco added a 2-run homer in the 7th inning and Ketel Marte also added a 2-run shot in the top of the 9th. It was an offensive outbreak right when the D-backs needed it and it nets them a 2-1 series win. It’s their first series win since July 2.
Patrick Corbin wasn’t scheduled to start today’s game but he did due to Taijuan Walker getting a late-night call that his wife was in labor with their first child. Corbin pitched a gem on short notice. He lasted 7 1/3 innings which was his longest outing of the season, to give the D-backs bullpen some much needed rest. He held the Reds to one run on seven hits, posting his first win since June 16 (box score).
Stats that matter
- Jake Lamb showed why he was an All-Star – 2-for-5, 2 R, 6 RBI, 2 HR
- Ketel Marte had one of his best offensive outings of the year, including his second career major-league home run – 1-for-3, 2 R, 2 RBI, 1 BB, HR
- Gregor Blanco had a great day at the plate – 2-for-3, 3 R, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 3B, HR
- Patrick Corbin had one of his best games of the year – 7.1 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HR
The D-backs needed a win today against a flailing Reds team in the hopes that it will build some momentum heading into what could be a crucial weekend series at home against the Washington Nationals. This was a nice series win for the Snakes and could lead to an offensive surge heading into August, when they play the Cubs six times, the Dodgers six times and the Astros four times.
The Diamondbacks head home for a three-game set against the Washington Nationals that start on Friday at 6:40 pm MT. With Walker on paternity leave, the D-backs have not yet announced the starter for tomorrow’s game. My expectation is that they’ll move Zack Godley up since he’ll have had five days rest but we should know for certain later today or tomorrow.