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Arizona Diamondbacks Notes: Team Bats Around Twice In Blowout Fashion

The Arizona Diamondbacks offense broke out in route to a blowout win over the Pittsburgh Pirates Friday night at Chase Field.

The Arizona Diamondbacks have not made life easy for opponents at Chase Field this season. Both the offense and the starters have looked comfortable in front of the home crowd but Friday night belonged to the hitters. 

On a night when Diamondbacks starter Patrick Corbin was not completely sharp, the offense provided more than enough support, eventually defeating the Pittsburgh Pirates, 11-4 in front of 21,911 at Chase Field in downtown Phoenix. 

Catcher Chris Iannetta, who left the game after being struck in the face by a pitch in the eighth inning, got the scoring barrage started. The veteran led off the third inning with a moon shot off the batter's eye in straightaway center field. The home run, estimated at 441 ft and 109 mph off the bat, gave Arizona a 1-0 lead but they were far from done in the inning. In fact, the first six batters including Iannetta would reach base in the inning and the Diamondbacks would hit for the team cycle.

After Iannetta's home run, Corbin worked a walk. Center fielder A.J. Pollock singled Corbin to third and right fielder doubled him home to tie the game at one. First baseman Paul Goldschmidt drove Pollock in from third with a RBI single and third baseman Jake Lamb kept the line moving with a single of his own. 

After Iannetta's home run, Corbin worked a walk. Center fielder A.J. Pollock singled Corbin to third and right fielder doubled him home to tie the game at one. First baseman Paul Goldschmidt drove Pollock in from third with a RBI single and third baseman Jake Lamb kept the line moving with a single of his own.

Yasmany Tomas grounded into a forceout and reached first base on the fielder's choice. Lamb was out at second but Arizona's top batter at home, second baseman Brandon Drury made Pirates starter Tyler Glasnow pay the ultimate price for a hanging changeup blasting the baseball out to left field for a three-run homer. The Diamondbacks would bat around in the inning and score 7 runs on 6 hits. 

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The offense was not done. After the Pirates scored 2 runs on a home run by Josh Bell off Corbin, the Diamondbacks would add 4 more runs... and bat around for the second consecutive inning. Corbin got it started with an infield single on a check swing ball down the third base line and the next three batters would reach with singles of their own. The big blow was a 2-RBI single by Lamb and a RBI single by Tomas. Both Lamb and Tomas came into the game with cold May bats. Maybe this game is enough to break both out of a slump. 

Lovullo talked after the game about the adjustments the hitters made against Pirates starter Tyler Glasnow. Glasnow lasted just 2.1 innings. 

"We didn't have familiarity with their starting pitcher, but the second time around, I think we saw a release point, we saw location, we saw depth of pitches and we started to really zero in on our approach," Lovullo said. "You can see the first time around we didn't have a lot of success, but it got really good to us once reports were coming back from the batter's box about what type of stuff the pitcher had and we just pounded the ball all day long."

Arizona was just 1-for-6 the first time through the order but went 11-for-18 (.611) the second and third time through combined. Corbin was not sharp. The left-hander tossed six innings and allowed 4 earned runs but the offense helped him pick up his third win of the season. 

J.J. Hoover, Andrew Chafin and Tom Wilhelmsen all pitched a scoreless inning of relief respectively to close out the 11-4 win. 

Game Essentials

WP: Corbin (3-4)

LP: Glasnow (1-3)

Home runs: Iannetta (3), Drury (3), Bell (6)

T: 2:57

Att: 21,911

Diamondbacks record: 21-16

Pirates record: 14-22

Up Next

The Diamondbacks go for the series win Saturday night at 5:10 p.m. Look for right-hander Taijuan Walker (3-2, 3.82 ERA) to face Pirates right-hander Trevor Williams (1-2, 7.98 ERA) who will make his second start of 2017. Williams appeared in seven games out of the Pittsburgh pen.


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