After only one win on their recent nine game road trip, the Arizona Diamondbacks came home and beat the Cincinnati Reds 12-5 on Memorial Day, in front of 29,924 fans at Chase Field. It was a season high in runs, for a team that offense has been struggling. Arizona had averaged only two runs a game on their last road trip.
“Today we finally put some hits together, along with getting a big break, and we have not gotten a lot of breaks.” said Diamondbacks manager Torrey Lovullo. The break Lovullo is referring to came in the fifth inning when the Reds nealry tied the game.
Matt Koch (3-3), started and went five innings, in picking up the win. Koch struggled in some spots, coming within a whisker of a no decision, as the Reds nearly tied the game with two outs in the fifth.
Adam Duvall’s three run double made it 6-5, with a chance to tie the game. Homer Bailey came up and hit a hard ball towards third base. Third base coach Billy Hatcher windmilled Duvall around third, as the ball deflected off third baseman Jake Lamb’s glove to shortstop Nick Ahmed. Ahmed fired a strike to the plate, leading to a tremendous swipe tag by catcher John Ryan Murphy to end the inning.
Homer Bailey (1-7), started the fifth, but was pulled with runners at first and second. Chris Owings hit a three run homer off of reliever Jackson Stephens, to increase the lead to 9-5.
"It was a special swing that broke open the game," said D-backs manager Torey Lovullo. "It was a huge part of the ballgame because they closed the gap on us real quick."
Arizona added two more runs in the sixth inning, when Ketel Marte doubled in Nick Ahmed. A ground out by Paul Goldschmidt, scored Marte. The final run came in the eighth, when Jake Lamb drew a bases loaded walk.. Even though the Reds actually outhit the D-backs 16-11, three Cincinnati errors cost the Reds dearly. Meanwhile the D-backs played a clean game in the field.
"This was just a game that we all needed," Owings said. "Just get everybody on the bases, just get everybody swinging the bat. I feel like we had really good at bats today. I think we just need to keep having at bats like that."
Seven different D-backs had RBIs, led by Nick Ahmed with four.
The bullpen did their job by putting up goose eggs, as Fernando Salas and Jorge De La Rosa threw one inning each, and T.J.McFarland finished off the game by tossing the eighth and ninth.
The Diamondbacks (27-26), get two more games with Cincinnati (19-36), tonight at 6:40pm, and a Wednesday matinee at 12:40pm. The Miami Marlins come to town for a weekend series, with games on Friday at 6:40pm, Saturday 7:10pm, and Sunday at 1:10pm.