Eric Chavez drove in three runs with a pair of two-out hits with runners in scoring position in a 5-3 victory over Atlanta on Wednesday, when the D-backs were 5-of-8 in those situations. The blow was a two-run double in the middle of a four-run fifth inning.
The D-backs entered Wednesday in a 3-for-43 rut in those situations, which caught manager Kirk Gibson's eye. That is one number that Gibson keeps meticulous track of, and he often mentions it during post-game press conferences.
"That's not acceptable. These guys are great. I love them. But they have to do better than that," he said.
Shortstop Didi Gregorius and left fielder Cody Ross also had RBI-singles with runners in scoring position Wednesday. Gregorius had a two-run single with runners in scoring position Tuesday, the only conversion the D-backs needed in a 2-0 victory over Atlanta.
"We hope it gets much better. Today it was better. I saw better approaches as well. (Chavez) stayed out the other way, didn't roll over on the ball, got the double for us," Gibson said.
The D-backs are hitting .226 with runners in scoring position, in the lower third of the majors. They are hitting .150 (22 for 147) in situations with two outs, and that was before the team combined to leave 16 runners on base in a 9-2 win over Miami on Friday.
Chavez cited the cyclical nature of the game for the slow start.
"It's just one of those things," Chavez said. "We haven't been hitting well. The numbers are going to change. I don't put too much emphasis on it. (I'm) just worried about winning ball games."
NEXT: Diamondbacks (Brandon McCarthy, 0-3, 5.63) at Marlins (Tom Koehler, 0-1, 3.31)
1B Paul Goldschmidt tied a career high with four hits, homering twice, doubling and driving in four runs Friday against the Marlins. He was the first National League player this year to reach 10 doubles and 10 homers. He entered Friday tied for first in the league in total bases (88), tied for second in go-ahead RBIs (11), third in total RBIs (31), third in on-base percentage (.410) and third in slugging (.603).
RHP Brandon McCarthy will start Saturday against the Miami Marlins, a team he has never opened against. In his past three starts, McCarthy has a 3.10 ERA. That includes eight shutout innings in his most recent start, May 12 against the Phillies.
RHP Heath Bell, wildly unpopular while with the Marlins last year, has done well in Arizona. He has converted five of his six save chances and has held opponents scoreless in six of his past seven appearances.
3B Eric Chavez hit his fifth homer of the season Friday night. He also went 4-for-5 to continue his blistering hitting to start the season. He is hitting .337.
RF Gerardo Parra has been hot from the leadoff spot. He started Friday's game with a double and went 3-for-5. He is now hitting .327 with an excellent .391 on-base percentage.
"We're just jumping on his back and letting him carry us."—2B Martin Prado on 1B Paul Goldschmidt, who had four hits Friday.
RHP J.J. Putz (right elbow strain) went on the 15-day disabled list May 8. He was diagnosed with a strained ulnar collateral ligament, but he is not expected to need surgery. He will not throw until late May before being re-evaluated.
CF Adam Eaton (torn left elbow ligament) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 27. An MRI revealed a slight tear in his ulnar collateral ligament. He began a rehab assignment as the DH at Triple-A Reno on May 3, then moved to Class A Visalia on May 11.
2B Aaron Hill (fractured left hand) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to April 15. The fracture is located near a tendon, and healing was going slower than hoped as of mid-May. A late-May return seems optimistic.
INF/OF Willie Bloomquist (right intercostal strain) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 27. An MRI revealed a Grade 2 strain. He began playing in extended spring training games in early May but felt pain on a swing and was backed off.
RHP Daniel Hudson (Tommy John surgery in July 2012) went on the 60-day disabled list Feb. 20. He threw in extended spring training May 10 and May 16, gradually lengthening his appearances in anticipation of returning around the All-Star break.
RHP Ian Kennedy
RHP Trevor Cahill
RHP Brandon McCarthy
LHP Wade Miley
LHP Patrick Corbin
RHP Heath Bell (closer)
RHP David Hernandez
RHP Brad Ziegler
LHP Tony Sipp
LHP Matt Reynolds
RHP Josh Collmenter
RHP Will Harris
1B Paul Goldschmidt
2B Martin Prado
SS Didi Gregorius
3B Eric Chavez
INF Cliff Pennington
UT Josh Wilson
LF Jason Kubel
CF Gerardo Parra
RF Cody Ross
OF A.J. Pollock
OF Eric Hinske