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
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.
Buster Olney ESPN Senior Writer Close Senior writer ESPN Magazine/ESPN.com Analyst/reporter ESPN television Author of "The Last Night of the Yankee Dynasty" Follow on Twitter In 2016, Zach Britton faced 254 batters, and of those, he struck out 74, or 29.1 percent. In those plate appearances, when hitters managed to put the ball in play against him, 80 percent -- four out of every five -- hit the ball on the ground, and 11.3 percent hit line drives, according to data published by FanGraphs. Blake Treinen, property of the Washington Nationals before he was dealt to the Oakland Athletics five days ago, had the next-highest ground ball rate in 2016, at 65.9 percent. About one of every 12 hitters