Heading into this series it was hard to say when, or if, the Diamondbacks would start to turn things around. Well, if the first two games in New York are any indication of things to come then the D-backs should be just fine. Of course, that’s easier said than done, but with tonight’s win (box score) and two more very winnable games left in the Big Apple, it’s not hard to envision a sweep before the D-backs head back to Phoenix to take on the Giants.
Why the D-backs won
Patrick Corbin had another outstanding outing, his third straight stellar performance and win. I’ll be honest, a couple weeks ago I had lost a lot of confidence in Corbin’s ability to pitch effectively away from Chase Field and he has completely turned that around. In his last two away games he’s pitched 16 2/3 innings allowing eight hits, one run, three walks and 13 Ks. Mic, drop.
After Paul Goldschmidt doubled to move Chris Iannetta to third base in the top of the 1st inning, J.D. Martinez came to bat and hammered a 412-foot home run to deep right-center field (click here for video). It was his 26th homer of the year and 10th as a member of the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Stats that matter
- Corbin was phenomenal – 8 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 2 BB, 6 K, HR allowed
- Fernado Rodney got his 29th save of the year
- J.D. Martinez’s big bat was a big factor – 1-for-4, 1 R, 3 RBI, HR
- Paul Goldschmidt had a nice game – 2-for-4, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 BB
- Chris Iannetta had a nice night from the two-hole – 2-for-4, 2 R, 1 BB
- Adam Rosales had a solo home run
This was a good win by the D-backs, one they really needed to start to build up some of those good feelings again. If the Snakes can get a win tomorrow it will set up Robbie Ray for his return on Thursday with a chance to go for the sweep. But first things first.
Zack Godley will take the mound for the D-backs on Wednesday at 4:10 pm MT in the third game of this four-game set against the Mets.