Breaking down the Diamondbacks’ fantastic start to the 2017 season.
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Right-hander Zack Greinke gave up just one run in 6 2/3 innings against the Indians as the Diamondbacks rolled to another victory.
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Arizona Diamondbacks’ Torey Lovullo talks about the team’s ups and downs in a win against the Indians, April 7, 2017. (Bob McManaman/azcentral sports)
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D-Backs’ Shelby Miller talks about his 2017 season start in a win against the Cleveland Indians, April 7, 2017. (Bob McManaman/azcentral sports)
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azcentral sports’ Mark Faller and Dan Bickley discuss the D-Backs’ start to the season as well as the retirement of Shane Doan.
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Diamondbacks outfielder David Peralta discusses Thursday’s win over the Giants.
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo discusses his team’s 3-1 start to the season.
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo on using humidor for baseballs at Chase Field.
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Starting pitcher Taijuan Walker discusses his first start in a Diamondbacks uniform on Wednesday against the Giants. Bob McManaman/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo talks about his club’s 8-6 win over the Giants on Wednesday. Bob McManaman/azcentral sports
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The Diamondbacks need a shortstop. Scott Bordow and Jay Dieffenbach discuss that and the Hamilton hazing scandal in the Shot Clock.
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Diamondbacks shortstop Chris Owings talks about his error in the Giants’ five-run fifth inning.
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Diamondbacks lefty Patrick Corbin talks about his outing vs. the Giants and his struggles to retire Hunter Pence.
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The Arizona Diamondbacks dedicated Paul Goldschmidt Field in Goodyear on April 4, 2017. It’s the 39th “Diamonds Back” Field in Arizona. Video: Arizona Diamondbacks
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Former Los Angeles Dodgers and St. Louis Cardinals slugger had an emergency brain procedure to address a brain hemorrhage.
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You can stream baseball online using MLB.TV, but the service does have restrictions.
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Diamondbacks shortstop Chris Owings delivered the game-winning hit on Sunday vs. the Giants.
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo talks about the hug he gave walk-off hero Chris Owings and about his first win in his new job.
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Diamondbacks right-hander Zack Greinke gave up two runs in five innings against the San Francisco Giants on Sunday at Chase Field.
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Diamondbacks insider Nick Piecoro and Jay Dieffenbach talk about the upcoming baseball season. The lineup appears to be solid. What about the pitching staff? Video: Cheryl Evans/azcentral sports
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USA TODAY Sports released its annual list of players to watch for in the upcoming season.
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The Diamondbacks had their photos taken on Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017 at Salt River Fields.
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Diamondbacks’ hot start by the numbers
Zack Greinke after strong start vs. Indians
Torey Lovullo talks about the D-Backs’ win against the Indians
D-Backs’ Shelby Miller describes starting his 2017 season
Shot Clock: What D-Backs’ good start means
David Peralta on hot start: ‘We’re ready for anybody’
D-Backs manager Lovullo on starting year 3-1
D-Backs manager Lovullo on using humidor for baseballs
Taijuan Walker on his first D-Backs start
Torey Lovullo on D-Backs’ win over Giants
Shot Clock: Answer to D-Backs’ shortstop question?
Chris Owings talks about his fifth-inning error
Patrick Corbin after loss to Giants
Diamondbacks dedicate ‘Paul Goldschmidt Field’
Former Dodgers star Pedro Guerrero in critical condition
How to watch every baseball game in 2017
Chris Owings discusses his walk-off hit vs. Giants
Torey Lovullo on his emotional first win as D-Backs’ manager
Zack Greinke after his start vs. Giants on Opening Day
What is in store for the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2017?
MLB’s 100 Names to Know for 2017
Behind the scenes at Diamondbacks Photo Day
A group of players sat in a circle in the corner of the Diamondbacks clubhouse on Saturday night. They told stories and laughed loudly, each with a drink in their hand. Moments earlier, when reporters were allowed inside, a strobe light flickered from the center of the room, music blared and just about everyone there wore a smile on his face.
The Diamondbacks seem to be enjoying this whole winning thing.
For the second day in a row, the reigning American League champions were no match for them. Zack Greinke was terrific in his 6 2/3 innings, the offense did its usual slow-burn and the Diamondbacks cruised to an 11-2 win over the Cleveland Indians.
BOX SCORE: Diamondbacks 11, Indians 2
Through their first six games, in which they are 5-1, they have scored a franchise-record 45 runs. They are hitting an absurd .431 with runners in scoring position. They are rolling.
“We’re pretty happy with how things are going at the moment,” Greinke said, exercising his powers of understatement.
As they have in each of their wins this season, the Diamondbacks did not score first. The opposing starter, this time Trevor Bauer, shut them down early. But they broke through in a big way, scoring four times in the sixth and adding six more in the eighth.
“I think you’d definitely rather play from ahead,” Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt said. “We haven’t been able to do it. The pitching has done a good job of not letting it get out of control where we’re way behind.”
While it was a slew of hitters contributing, the comeback began in earnest with one out in the sixth. David Peralta took a 3-1 pitch that he thought was high and started toward first. Home plate umpire Angel Hernandez called it a strike. Peralta was not pleased. But it worked out for him.
The next pitch was a belt-high fastball on the inner-half of the plate, and Peralta turned on it, sending it on a laser toward the right field foul pole. He watched it – bat in hand, a few steps toward first base – as it clanked off the pole.
That began a stretch in which six of seven hitters reached base, chasing Bauer from the game and turning a pitchers’ duel into a game the Diamondbacks had under control.
“I think the biggest thing is us just, regardless of the score, trying to have good at-bats as a team,” Goldschmidt said. “Not kind of basing your mentality off the score of the game. I think that’s where the comeback happens. It’s not like, ‘Hey, we’ve got to score.’ It’s just, ‘Hey, let’s keep doing what we’ve been doing.’”
Goldschmidt, though, would not allow himself to get caught up in the moment. Asked to compare things to the way last year began – when the Diamondbacks didn’t win their first home series until late May and didn’t record a winning homestand until August – Goldschmidt downplayed the hot start.
“It’s obviously been fun,” he said. “When you’re winning, it’s fun. But I think we also realize it hasn’t even been a week of baseball. We just try to keep playing hard, having good at-bats, playing good ‘D’ and see what happens. It’s been a good start, but there’s a long road ahead.”
The Diamondbacks’ 45 runs scored surpass the previous record of 41 for the most in the first six games.
“It definitely doesn’t surprise me,” Greinke said. “It’s been really good, though. I feel like our offense has been good for several years now. I don’t know about this good, but it’s always good.”
Greinke’s dominance was almost overshadowed by the offensive barrage, but he threw about as well as he ever has in a Diamondbacks uniform at Chase Field, allowing just one run while walking none and striking out six.
His fastball, which rarely cracked 91 mph in the spring, averaged 91.3 on Saturday and topped at 93.6. He mixed in change-ups, sliders and curveballs, limiting hard contact and ultimately giving the Diamondbacks their first quality start of the season.
“Everything was great,” Greinke said. “Just a good game all the way around. It was a lot of fun.”
It was an opinion shared by everyone in the room.
Reach Piecoro at (602) 444-8680 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @nickpiecoro.
Indians at Diamondbacks
When: 1:10 p.m.
Where: Chase Field (Roof hotline: 602-462-6262).
Pitchers: Diamondbacks LHP Patrick Corbin (0-1, 4.50) vs. Indians RHP Corey Kluber (0-0, 7.50).
TV/Radio: FSAZ/KMVP-FM (98.7), KHOV-FM (105.1).
Corbin lasted just four innings in his first start of the year, departing for a pinch-hitter in the bottom of the fourth inning against the Giants. He gave up three runs (two earned) on seven hits and two walks. … He continued to have trouble with RF Hunter Pence, who hit two balls hard against him, including one that went for a double. … Kluber had a somewhat rough first start against the Rangers, giving up five runs in six innings and serving up a pair of home runs to 2B Rougned Odor. … Kluber finished third in AL Cy Young voting last season; he won the award in 2014. … That was the year he made his lone career start against the Diamondbacks, tossing seven scoreless innings with one walk and eight strikeouts in a game at Chase Field.
Monday: At San Francisco, 1:35 p.m., Diamondbacks RHP Taijuan Walker (1-0, 6.00) vs. Giants LHP Matt Moore (0-1, 5.06).
Tuesday: At San Francisco, 7:15 p.m., Diamondbacks LHP Robbie Ray (0-0, 4.76) vs. Giants RHP Jeff Samardzija (0-1, 10.13).
Wednesday: At San Francisco, 7:15 p.m., Diamondbacks RHP Shelby Miller (1-0, 5.06) vs. Giants RHP Matt Cain (0-0, 8.31).