After a terrible series at home against the San Francisco Giants, the Arizona Diamondbacks started slow however brought the bats out and took advantage of a lost no-hitter from the Colorado Rockies. The young stars of the team came up in a huge way and allowed the 1 step forward-1 step backwards Diamondbacks to start off on the right foot.
Until the bottom of the sixth, this game was a pitcher’s duel. Chi-Chi Gonzalez of the Colorado Rockies dominated the Arizona Diamondbacks. Gonzalez utilized his fastball mostly mixing the two seamer with his four seamer. It worked as a walk to Ketel Marte was the only base runner of the inning. Zac Gallen also brought the heat as a Trevor Story walk and a Nolan Arenado single were the only base runners of the inning. Gallen’s changeup and fastball paired well together throughout this game as it did wonders in the first getting Daneil Murphy to ground into an inning ending double play.
Gallen and Gonzalez were masterful as Gallen got contact outs and some pure heaters for strikeouts. Gonzalez was the opposite as the Diamondbacks hitters were hungry to take advantage. However, they were not able to do much with it for a while.
The fourth inning would begin the scoring as the inning started well for Gallen. Two quick strikeouts on only 9 pitches came from an over powering fastball. The issues came when Daniel Murphy, Raimel Tapia and Ryan McMahon all reached on a walk, single and walk respectively. A Tony Wolters walk brought Daniel Murphy home and the inning would eventually end with a Garret Hampson strikout. The fifth inning was rocky as well however Gallen showed poise and resolve as he escaped a bases loaded jam utilizing his easy 94 mph fastball.
The bottom of the sixth is when the Diamondbacks broke through. Carson Kelly continued his great season with a single to center which after two outs, resulted in a tank shot by Ketel Marte that soared over the pool.
Positive: Zac Gallen 18.6%, Yoan Lopez 17.6%, Ketel Marte 31.4%, David Peralta 12.0%, Carson Kelly 30.1%
Negative: Andrew Chafin -31.8%
Positive: Tony Wolters 29.3%, Ryan McMahon 14.8%
The eighth inning saw both teams trade runs. Andrew Chafin was brought in for Kevin Ginkel and was removed after a Tony Wolters single scored the only run of the inning. Yoan Lopez entered and took care of business. The bottom half of the inning began with a bang as Carson Kelly soared a 81.1 mph knuckle curve to souvenirsville.
With the pitching going well for the Arizona Diamondbacks, the entry of Archie Bradley raised concerns for this Monday Recapper. Given that Nolan Arenado humbles Archie Bradley a lot….in big games….no matter what….raises a lot of concerns. Bradley pitched well as Ian Desmond popped out to Ketel Marte. Bradley set the tone of bringing the heat and mixing it low and extremely elevated. Charlie Blackmon hooked a 95 mph four seamer down the line that went out in an absolute hurry. After a Trevor Story strikeout, Nolan Arenado walked to the plate. Archie pitched well and eventually got Arenado to hit a high pop up down the left field line to end the game.
All in all the Diamondbacks stayed in the game, something that many thought would not be the case given how they’ve played recently. Zac Gallen continues to pitch well however the walks are an issue. Carson Kelly looks to be the real deal and can hopefully ascend into an All-Star. The biggest thing to look out for is how many steps this team takes. It wont matter if they take forward steps if it just comes in reverse a few games later.
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