LOS ANGELES — The Diamondbacks went tearing into 2d base, stealing bases that resulted in runs. They took a possibility on a medium intensity fly ball, aggressively tagging up and scoring a run from 3rd. They labored counts, drew walks and delivered large hits. They made each play on protection, even turning a nifty double play to report the general outs of the sport.
In a 6-1 win on Wednesday night time, the Diamondbacks performed the type of recreation that has grow to be moderately conventional for them over the last two months. But what was once maximum noteworthy was once whom they did it in opposition to.
For the second one time in as many days, the Diamondbacks beat the Los Angeles Dodgers of their house ballpark, and on Thursday night time they’re going to give the ball to Zac Gallen with a possibility to win a series at Dodger Stadium for the primary time in additional than 4 years.
They have no longer gained back-to-back video games right here since April 2018, which occurs to be the closing time they gained a series on this ballpark. So a lot time has handed that the ones Diamondbacks infrequently resemble this model of them.
Back then, Daulton Varsho was once within the California League, nonetheless excited by catching in his first complete season as a professional. Jake McCarthy was once enrolled at the University of Virginia. Alek Thomas and Corbin Carroll have been nonetheless in highschool.
“I think someone was saying that we haven’t won a series here in — I don’t know, it’s been a while,” McCarthy stated. “Obviously, you want to win every series, but these guys have really stuck it to us in the recent past. It means a lot.”
The Diamondbacks have gained simply 3 of the previous 23 video games right here, however the membership’s younger place avid gamers don’t appear to need to simply dismiss the previous as a result of they weren’t part of it.
“I think most guys in the clubhouse weren’t, but we still know that (history),” McCarthy stated. “We know when people see the Dodgers playing the D-Backs, they think the Dodgers are going to win. We get that. We’re just trying to do our best to change that.”
Said Carroll: “You can’t change the past, but I think that you can let that affect the future. I think just going in with a fresh slate of not really being attached to that kind of history, you know, just treating it like another game.”
McCarthy and Varsho every stole a base within the early innings on Wednesday night time, atmosphere the level for a couple of RBI singles from Christian Walker. In the fourth, Carroll laced a Dustin May cutter into right-center box, his 107 mph shot scooting previous middle fielder Trayce Thompson for a bases-clearing double. Three innings later, McCarthy fearlessly raced house on a fly ball to left, narrowly sliding in underneath the tag.
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Left-hander Madison Bumgarner gave the Diamondbacks his best possible get started in weeks, giving up only one run on one hit — a Mookie Betts solo homer — in six robust innings. He leaned closely on his curveball, throwing it with 37 of his 84 pitches at the night time.
On Tuesday afternoon, the Diamondbacks blew a four-run lead with six outs to move within the first recreation of a doubleheader. Their bullpen failed them, because it has finished again and again this season, however their protection faltered, as smartly. Immediately after, they held a crew assembly within the clubhouse, then rebounded to win the nightcap.
Between video games, supervisor Torey Lovullo admitted that the Dodgers “have got something on us,” imploring his membership to to not let the historical past dictate the longer term. He is hoping that what has came about over the former 18 innings is a step in that path.
“Yesterday was heartbreaking, no doubt about it,” Lovullo stated. “But these kids are growing up, and it’s part of our process. They step onto this field, it’s a big arena. They don’t get glossy-eyed, and they go out there and execute.
“I don’t care where we’re playing, we got to play our game. Today was Diamondbacks baseball. We came onto this field and played the game the way we could and nothing was going to stop us. I want us to continue to do that. It’s a good feeling.”
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