D-Backs end their losing streak at six
PHOENIX, Ariz. – The Arizona Diamondbacks came into game two of their three game series at home versus the San Francisco Giants badly in need of a win to stop their six game losing streak and keep their season from slipping away. Patrick Corbin took the mound for Arizona against yet another Giants off season acquisition in Jeff Samardzja.
An early error by Jean Segura in the second inning lead to a Giants run scoring. Segura also dropped another pretty certain double play ball that allowed another run to score in the same inning. The team was missing Nick Ahmed’s defense tonight, who was out due to the birth of his child. D-backs were down by three after two innings.
Corbin struggled at times, giving up two back to back solo home runs in the fourth inning by Brandon Crawford and Mac Williamson, but he was able to maintain his composure and give Arizona five and one third innings. He gave up five runs, two earned, on five hits, struck out five, and walked two.
The D-backs dropped in one run in the third inning after Corbin helped his own cause with a double and later scored, and then they got two more runs in the fourth from a pair of doubles by Welington Castillo and Chris Hermann to keep them within reach.
A big moment occurred in the seventh inning during a Hermann at bat which eventually led to Chip Hale’s ejection from the game for arguing about who looks better in baseball hats with the home plate umpire Brian Knight. The D-backs seemed fired up after that. Fashion always gets them fired up.
Arizona finally broke through in the bottom of the eighth with a huge three run home run by Castillo in Beef Mode that gave them the lead for good. Ziegler picks up the save in the top of the ninth and the D-backs end their losing skid at last, winning by a score of 6-5.
After the game, Castillo commented on his game winning at bat in the eight. “I know he has a really good fastball, good sinker, good slider, so I just was waiting for something over the plate and close to me that I could put a good swing on. I wasn’t thinking about hitting a homer because his sinker is really good, so I was trying to stay short and put the ball in play.”
This was an important win for the D-backs to not only end their skid but to also beat a division rival who has such a significant lead. There’s a lot of work to be done, but they have the second half of the season to make it happen.