Before Tuesday’s game with the Rockies, manager Chip Hale talked about the Diamondbacks’ recent lack of power.
No home run since Chris Owings’ bomb on April 22, and the team’s home run total was near the bottom of the National League.
Collectively, the team came out of their doldrums with five extra base hits and two home runs in the opening five innings, and then cruised to 12-5 win over the Colorado Rockies before 18,792 in Chase Field. The victory snapped the Diamondbacks’ losing streak at four games.
The 12 runs is also a season-high for Arizona. Previously, the Diamondbacks defeated San Francisco, 9-0 on April 17. Plus, the 15 hits is three short of the season-mark of 18 also set against the Giants on April 17.
Powered by a triple and a 447 foot home run from Mark Trumbo in the fifth, the Diamondbacks bats woke up in a hurry. With a quick three-run first inning, the team went on to collect those 15 hits, and scored the most runs in a game this season.
“We had quality at-bats, and that’s a good sign,” said Hale afterward. “What’s encouraging is that the quality at-bats continued to come. Sometimes, you score early and the bats go silent. (Tuesday night), we swung the bats on a consistent basis.”
Prior to Tuesday’s game, the Diamondbacks hit 11 home runs in their first 19 games and that tied with the Marlins and Phillies for second-worst in the National League. Only the Milwaukee Brewers, with nine home runs, hit fewer.
That changed rather dramatically
First, David Peralta slammed his third of the season into the right field bleachers with one on to snap a 3-3 tie in the fourth. Then in the fifth, Trumbo placed a Kyle Kendrick fast ball into orbit with a drive deep into the left centerfield stands. At that time, Trumbo had his third consecutive hit and by the conclusion of play Tuesday night, Trumbo was hitting a team-leading .324.
With a 4-for-4 night, two singles, a double and home run, Trumbo was a triple shy of the cycle. For his five year major league career, Trumbo has never hit for the cycle, but said that his production was timely.
“You like to think that all the work you put in pays off,” he said. “I thought we swung the bats well (Monday night), and it’s nice to see the runs.”
Later, Trumbo showed the power of judgment and prevented the possibility of running into an out.
With one out in the seventh, Trumbo lined a single down the right field line and entertained thoughts about stretching this out. He decided to stay on first for one simple reason.
“I thought I made a good decision not to move to second,” he said. “That way, he was able to get his first RBI.”
The “he” reference was to Yasmany Tomas, who lined a double to score Trumbo and pick up his first major league RBI. With a 2-for-3 night, Tomas raised his batting average to .300 (6-for-20).
After starter Archie Bradley was struck in the face with a line drive in the second inning and forced to leave, Andrew Chafin came to record his first major league win. In going 2.2 innings, Chafin allowed six hits and two runs, but came away with a smile on his face.
“It’s exciting, but under those circumstances, you wish that didn’t happen,” Chafin said. “Coming into the game right away is different. I treated this as if I was warming up in the bullpen and trying to get loose. In that and any situation, I try and do my best, and give my team a chance to win,”
With a first inning single, centerfielder A. J. Pollock extended his hitting streak to eight games. His previous high of seven was accomplished twice before.
In the series finale Wednesday night, right-hander Josh Collmenter (1-3, 3.65 ERA) faces Rockies’ right-hander Jordan Lyles (2-1, 2.92 ERA) in a 6:40 p.m. start.