It was a game where almost everything went right for the Diamondbacks. Patrick Corbin — who’s been hot at Chase and cold away — pitched a gem for the D-backs. The only time the Cubs came close to scoring was when Javier Baez attempted to slide around the tag of Jeff Mathis at home plate. The play was reviewed but the out call stood.
Jon Lester was just as good for the Cubs, that was until the 6th inning. Adam Rosales hit a lead off single and moved to second on a groundout by A.J. Pollock. With first base open, the Cubs — in somewhat of an odd decision — intentionally walked Paul Goldschmidt. J.D. Martinez made them pay when he doubled off the right field wall to score Rosales. Goldschmidt moved to third on the play.
Next up was Ketel Marte, who grounded into what should’ve been a routine play for Javy Baez. Instead, he uncorked a throw well over the catcher’s reach in an attempt to throw out Goldschmidt at the plate. The error gave the D-backs a 2-0 lead. And they weren’t done yet.
Brandon Drury came up to bat and crushed a drive over the centerfielder’s head. That drove in two more runs for the D-backs as Drury came in to second base on the play, giving the D-backs a 4-0 lead.
In the bottom of the 7th, David Peralta led off with a deep double to right field. He came home to score when A.J. Pollock singled just past the second baseman, Ian Happ.
In the next inning, David Peralta came up to bat with two outs and he hit a deep drive that just stayed in the park, hitting off the top of the left-center field wall and deflecting past the centerfielder into the abyss of center field. Peralta flew around the bases in 15.59 seconds for an inside-the-park home run.
Fernando Rodney came on in the 9th inning and got two outs but struggled after that. He gave up four straight singles resulting in two runs before Torey Lovullo had seen enough and took him out of the game. David Hernandez came in to get the final out.
Stats that matter
- Patrick Corbin is so much better at Chase Field than he is away, it’s uncanny – 6.2 IP, 0 R, 5 H, 1 BB, 8 K
- David Peralta added some excitement with his inside-the-park homer – 3-for-5, 2 R, 1 RBI, 2B, HR
- J.D. Martinez has been playing very well lately – 2-for-3, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2B
The Diamondbacks were able to end a three-game losing streak and they did it by beating the Cubs in all phases. Patrick Corbin has been great at home and he was able to redeem himself for the blowout loss he had in Chicago last month. With a win on Sunday, the D-backs would bring their record to 3-3 on this homestand with a two-game series against the first place Houston Astros starting on Monday.
The D-backs close out the series against the Cubs on Sunday at 1:10 pm MT. Zack Godley will match up against Jake Arrieta for the Cubs.