Clay Buchholz continues to show why the Arizona Diamondbacks picked him up. Once again Buchholz shined, this time in a 5-1 victory over the Los Angeles Angels, to sweep the two game series at Chase Field.
Buchholz improved to (7-2) throwing seven strong innings, striking out seven while scattering four hits and not issuing an free passes. Having great command of his pitches, Buchholz threw only 86 pitches, 64 for strikes, before his manager decided to make the move to the bullpen. Buchholz said,"I was able to throw some pitches in tight spots tonight. We (referring to catcher Alex Avila) had good rhythm going on and it worked for me."
D-Back Skipper Torey Lovullo said, "It all started with Clay tonight. He once again goes out and gives us seven scoreless. He set the tone for the game."
While Buchholz was taking care of business, the D-Backs bars did their part to build him a lead. Paul Goldscmidt slammed his 29th home run on a two out 3-2 pitch, off of Angels starter Odrisamer Despaigne (2-2), in the bottom of the first inning. Eduardo Escobar trotted home from third as Goldy followed, for a quick 2-0 Arizona lead. Lovullo said, "Goldy's big two run homer got us off the mat to play downhill baseball. We scratched across another run with the hit by Nick, and David's two run home run was what I thought was a very key blow."
In the fourth, Nick Ahmed hit a line drive to left center to score Goldy in the fourth to make it 3-0.
A bit of acrobatics ocurred in the bottom of the sixth inning, as a hard hit groundball down the line by Steven Souza Jr. was stopped by Angel first baseman Albert Pujols. In his attempt and succes to gather the ball, Pujols tumbled over and over, till he was able to throw a no look ball to first base, covered by pitcher Ty Buttrey. After gathering himself, Pujols remained in the game.
Peralta hit a two run shot, scoring Eduardo Escobar ahead of him, and it was 5-0 in the seventh.
The Angels managed only one run. That came in he eighth inning. Jabari Blash doubled, and later scored on a ground out to third by pinch hitter Jefrey Marte, off of reliever Brad Ziegler. Diekman came in to finish the eighth, followed by Hirano putting an end to the ninth.
"The bullpen came in and did what they were suppose to do. They are eager to get in and make a difference. It was a good day all around for a lot of our guys." Lovullo added.
The National League Western Division league leading D-Backs (71-56), take today off before hosting the Seattle Mariners for a three game series this weekend. Friday nights game will feature fireworks after the game. First pitch set for 6:40pm.
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