W: A. Sánchez 10-1
L: Z. Godley 2-1
This was a fairly pedestrian affair. The game went about as you would expect. Sanchez was terrific, the offence was relatively underwhelming, and the bullpen was able to put the game out of reach. The only real complaint is that the offence didn’t score more runs, though they were effective and capitalize with RISP. It just felt like a bit of a lazy game at the plate. The important thing is that they scored enough to win.
W, 10-1 | 7.0 IP | 1 (1) | 6 H | 0 BB | 5 K |
98 PC, B: 38, S: 60 | 2.87 ERA
It had been 10 days since Sanchez’s last start. He certainly didn’t have any noticeable rust tonight. His final line reads 7.0 IP, 1 ER, 6 H, 5K. The lone run came in the 1st, when Jean Segura hit a single and stole a base before scoring. It should be noted that Martin has been poor at catching base stealers this season, with a 13.5% caught stealing rate. Sanchez was in control for the rest of the game. He allowed a few hits here and there, but his defence was able to help him out. The 4th to 6th innings were particularly impressive, as he was perfect through seven batters. That stretch allowed him to pitch deep into the game. This start will only strengthen the argument that he shouldn’t be anywhere near the bullpen, especially as he approaches his career high for innings. It looks like Gibbons supports that position.
|J. Grilli (3-1)||1.0||0||0||0||1||0||17 (7-10)||2.30|
|R. Osuna (2-1)||1.0||0||0||0||0||0||7 (2-5)||2.11|
Grilli got the ball in the bottom of the 8th. After a meeting with the grounds crew to fix the mound, he finally got to pitch. The veteran allowed a leadoff walk to Michael Bourn, but that was negated when Paul Goldschmidt hit into a double play. Jake Lamb grounded out to end the inning. It was a bit of a change to see Grilli pitch without recording a strikeout. He hadn’t done that since June 3rd. Osuna came out for the 9th, even though it wasn’t a save situation. Wellington Castillo lined out to start the inning, Brandon Drury flied out, and Yasmany Tomas grounded out. It was a short outing for Osuna. Despite tomorrow’s game being a little over 12 hours away, he might still be available if needed.
The bats should have jumped all over Zack Godley. Instead, the offence was a little more limited. After seeing him pitch once through the order, they started to get to him in the 3rd. With two outs, Travis and Donaldson each hit a single. That brought up Encarnacion, who has a sparkling track record at Chase Field. It felt like there was never a doubt that he would hit a three-run blast. The fourth run of the game came in the 5th. Once again, Travis hit a single. Godley tried to pick him off at 1st, but his throw went to the outfield, which allowed Travis to advance to 3rd. Donaldson then came through with an RBI single. The Diamondbacks basically gave up a run in the 9th. Smoak took a walk, and Andy Burns came in as a pinch runner. For the second time in the game, the Diamondbacks attempted a pickoff play and the ball went past Goldschmidt. Burns advanced to 2nd. That was followed by a wild pitch, which moved Burns to 3rd. Travis grounded out to bring Burns home on the contact play.
In other exciting offensive news, Sanchez led off the 7th with a walk. Donaldson picked up his third hit of the night, which forced Sanchez to run to 2nd. Fortunately that was the end of his adventure, as Encarnacion struck out and Saunders flied out. It would have been nice to score, but since they didn’t hit a homer, it was better that Sanchez didn’t unintentionally hurt himself out there.
Around the league tonight, the Orioles lost and the Red Sox won. The Jays are now only 1.5 games back of the division. Yes, it’s definitely time to watch the leaderboards. Hopefully tomorrow’s game will be a little more engaging.