The Diamondbacks had to rally late again in Sunday’s afternoon game against the Atlanta Braves, taking two of three total in the series and five of their last six games. The remedy for their recent success has actually been quite simple: rally around the youngsters, as they are completely on fire.
Behind another strong start by rookie starting pitcher, Chase Anderson (5-0), who through seven quality innings and gave up two earned runs, the Diamondbacks exploded in the bottom of the seventh for six runs. Before that it had looked as if Braves starter, Aaron Harang (4-5), was on track to notch his fifth win of the season, allowing just two hits up to that point. But with a leadoff hit by Aaron Hill to open up the inning, on came rookie David Peralta. Peralta pounced on the very next pitch and homered one to right-centerfield to the tie the game at two, the first homerun of his young career.
A walk to the next batter, Cody Ross, abruptly ended Harang’s day. Shortly after that, Chris Owings got his first hit of the series with a two-run single. Paul Goldschmidt then mashed a ball clear over the 413-foot sign in left-center for yet another two-run blast. The D-backs were able to withstand a comeback bid put on late by the Braves and Brad Ziegler nabbed his first save of the season to win the game 6-5.
In his first seven major league games since being called up from AA-Mobile, Peralta is tearing the cover off the ball, batting .429 and finished Sunday’s game going two-for-four. Peralta’s torrid streak set a new franchise record for consecutive games with a hit to start a career. However, Peralta is not the only rookie on the team that is off to a great start.
With this win, Chase Anderson became the third player since 1998 to start their career with five straight wins. His five in a row is the most since Jered Weaver of the Los Angeles of Anaheim Angels began his career with seven-straight wins in 2006.
The secret to the Diamondbacks recent success has not been hard to figure out. The team is riding the hot streaks of two of their rookies and is receiving timely hitting and pitching when it has been needed most. It is important to say timely hitting because although the Diamondbacks exploded for six runs in the seventh inning of Sunday’s game, they have been anything but clutch. In their last two games alone, despite both ending up being wins, Arizona was hitting a measly four-for-28 with runners in scoring position. The pitching has been just as “timely.” For example, Ziegler on Sunday had fans holding their breaths after giving up a leadoff home run in the top of the ninth to make it a one-run game. He then settled in shortly after, retiring the next three batters in order to end the game.
When a young player- or two in Arizona’s case- begin to streak at the most opportune time or at perfect times in games, it can reenergize the team, getting the team as a whole streaking right alongside them. The Diamondback faithful hope to see the success continue, as the Snakes are inching closer and closer to the .500 mark. The D-backs move on next to a four-game home-at-home series with the Houston Astros, who happen to be getting hot in their own right, winning 11 of their past 15 games.
Josh Collmenter (4-2, 3.81) vs. Jarred Cosart (3-4, 4.18)
9:40 PM ET, CSN, FS-A
Commentary by Ryne Vyles
Guardian Liberty Voice Sports Writer Covering the Arizona Diamondbacks
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