Three straight homers off Washington Nationals ace Max Scherzer in the first inning had the Arizona Diamondbacks set up for an easy victory over the NL East leaders. Instead, they needed Brandon Drury's bases-loaded single in the bottom of the ninth for a 6-5 victory Friday night. The home runs by David Peralta, Pollock and Jake Lamb to start their first at-bat helped stake the Diamondbacks to a 5-0 lead against Scherzer. "We did a great job getting his pitch count up and also putting runs on him," the Diamondbacks' A.J. Pollock said. "Great getting on him early. We would've loved to have (scrapped) a couple of runs in the middle of the game, but the key point is we won the game and we came through
It’s a staple of the non-waiver trade deadline talk, like the last-minute mystery team, and phony Twitter accounts. [ed. note - “Aren’t mystery teams more of a Winter Meetings/free agency type of thing?”] [Author’s Note - “Stop it, just go with it.”] At some point in time over the next few weeks, general managers around the league will all talk about getting some injured players back as being as good as a trade. For Washington, relievers Shawn Kelley and Koda Glover could provide a boost to the bullpen that would be the same as acquiring new relievers before the July 31st trade deadline. Nationals’ GM Mike Rizzo, in a Sirius/XM interview this week, said the two could be, “back at some time in
Washington Nationals’ Gio Gonzalez has solid surface numbers, but he’s not likely to keep it up. Let’s continue looking at hitter’s counts by focusing on the pitchers who struggle in limiting then. Here are the details on how pitches per plate appearance and hitter’s counts are at all-time highs and how that relates to the generally poor pitching in 2017.