Sweeping the Dodgers is basically our Super Bowl in Arizona nowadays. Beating the Dodgers and the humidor is just the cherry on top. Stringing together RBIs throughout all three games helped immensely in Arizona’s dominant series sweep. Battling through the Dodgers bullpen on Monday turned into a war of attrition as both clubs gave it their all to keep the lead when the game went into the 15th inning, extending into the late night and setting a record for longest game in Chase Field history. Afterwards, in the same day as the previous games end, the Diamondbacks walked all over Kershaw and Báez in a 6-1 matinee game. The sweep was completed with a 3-0 demolition, courtesy of Patrick Corbin.
The pitching in this series was nasty, in a good way. Zack Godley posted a 1.29 ERA in his bout against Clayton Kershaw, striking out three in seven innings and only walking one. Unlike Kershaw, Godley had assistance from his offense, who scored six runs from a combination of homers and questionable bases loaded walks. The star of the weekend was Patrick Corbin, with a 1.38 ERA and an incredible twelve strikeouts in seven innings pitched. There was just no stopping Corbin in this game, and that included his bat. Two hits for the pitcher, with one giving an RBI to Marte.You could feel the confidence radiating off of Corbin, and one hopes that will continue for the rest of the season from this hot start.
Peralta and Marte are lighting it up on offense. Jarrod Dyson is faster than we had thought. Nick Ahmed became a stud for no reason. There is just one name that hasn’t come up yet: Paul Goldschmidt. Goldy is currently batting a .059, which isn’t great. However, his OBP is at .407. He’s racking up the walks right now, biding his time until the fire ignites. Once Jake Lamb comes back from his 10-day DL, this offense will start roaring. The upcoming road trip will free the team from the humidor.
Today marks the beginning of the Diamondbacks first road trip, starting at Busch Stadium against the Cardinals in their home opener. Robbie Ray will be taking on Adam Wainwright for a game to hopefully put more space between the Diamondbacks and the rest of the NL West.
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