Third baseman Jake Lamb talks about the Diamondbacks’ ability to bounce back from an ugly loss to the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday.
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo talks about Zack Godley’s strong six innings and Jake Lamb’s two run-scoring doubles in a win over the Cubs.
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo talks about his team’s defensive miscues and infielder Daniel Descalso’s relief appearance.
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Diamondbacks lefty Patrick Corbin says he made too many mistakes against the Cubs on Tuesday night at Wrigley Field.
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azcentral sports’ Jay Dieffenbach and J.J. Hensley discuss the changes with the Diamondbacks.
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo talks about his team’s 3-2 loss on Sunday and Chris Owings’ fractured finger.
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Diamondbacks right-hander Taijuan Walker talks about the mistakes he made in a 3-2 loss to the Cardinals on Sunday.
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Diamondbacks lefty Robbie Ray talks about what he remembers from Friday night, when he was struck on the head by a line drive in the second inning.
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Diamondbacks right-hander Zack Greinke talks about his performance in a 7-1 win over the Cardinals on Saturday night.
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo talks about his team’s all-around performance, including Zack Greinke’s seven strong innings, in a win over the Cardinals.
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Lovullo on Robbie Ray’s condition after getting hit in the head by a line drive.
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Diamondbacks infielder Daniel Descalso talks about the line drive that struck Robbie Ray, and how he was able to catch it after the ball ricocheted in the air.
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azcentral sports’ Sarah McLellan and Jay Dieffenbach discuss the Diamondbacks in our Shot Clock video.
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo discusses J.D. Martinez’s grand slam and Zack Godley’s seven shutout innings in a win over the Cardinals.
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Newly acquired Diamondbacks slugger J.D. Martinez on his play in Wednesday’s win.
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The Diamondbacks’ Ketel Marte talks about his inside-the-park home run in Wednesday’s win.
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Torey Lovullo talks about his team’s win against the Braves.
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Manager Torey Lovullo and right-hander Taijuan Walker react to the loss.
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Martinez: “It’s kind of hard not to [press],” he said. “You just kind of want to get here and show people what you want to do.”
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Lovullo: “He was in command from start to finish.”
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Greinke: “My command was as good as it’s been in awhile.”
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Manager Torey Lovullo and left-hander Robbie Ray discuss the team’s 6-2 loss to Nationals on Sunday at Chase Field.
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Anthony Banda talks about his MLB debut in the Diamondbacks’ loss to the Nationals.
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Torey Lovullo on the Diamondbacks’ loss to Washington.
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Manager Torey Lovullo, second baseman Brandon Drury and center fielder A.J. Pollock react to the 6-5 win.
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Right fielder J.D. Martinez was introduced at Chase Field on Friday.
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo talks about a 12-2 win over the Reds on Thursday in which Patrick Corbin went 7 1/3 innings.
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Diamondbacks left-hander Patrick Corbin talks about pitching against the Reds on short notice on Thursday in Cincinnati.
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Diamondbacks slugger J.D. Martinez talks about how his left hand feels after he was hit by a pitch on Wednesday night against the Reds.
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo talks about his team’s 4-3 loss to the Reds on Wednesday night and the hit-by-pitch on new slugger J.D. Martinez.
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Diamondbacks right-hander Zack Greinke says his location on Wednesday night wasn’t as good as it has been in previous starts.
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azcentral sports’ Greg Moore and Jay Dieffenbach talk about the Diamondbacks trade for J.D. Martinez and what it means.
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo talks about his team’s offensive breakout on Tuesday and about the potential impact of newly acquired slugger J.D. Martinez.
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azcentral sports’ Greg Moore and Mark Faller discuss Robbie Ray pitching for Diamondbacks and Josh Jackson’s transition to the Suns.
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azcentral sports’ Jay Dieffenbach and Doug Haller weigh in on the Diamondbacks and ASU football in our Shot Clock video.
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo talks about Zack Godley’s performance on Sunday in a 7-1 loss to the Atlanta Braves.
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Jake Lamb on D-Backs’ bounce-back win over Cubs
Torey Lovullo on Godley’s performance, Lamb’s clutch hits
Torey Lovullo on miscues, Descalso’s pitching in 16-4 loss to Cubs
Patrick Corbin on rough outing vs. Cubs
Shot Clock: Who’s at shortstop for D-Backs?
Torey Lovullo on loss to Cardinals, injury to Owings
Taijuan Walker on his mistakes vs. Cardinals
Robbie Ray talks about the line drive that hit him
D-Backs’ Zack Greinke on outing vs. Cardinals
Torey Lovullo on D-Backs’ 7-1 win over Cardinals
D-Backs manager Tony Lovullo on Robbie Ray’s condition
Daniel Descalso on liner that hit Robbie Ray
Shot Clock: Focus key for J.D. Martinez
Torey Lovullo on Martinez’s grand slam, Godley’s outing
J.D. Martinez on strong performance in win
Ketel Marte on his inside-the-park home run
Lovullo talks about the D-Backs’ 10-3 win over Atlanta
Diamondbacks fall 8-3 to Braves
J.D. Martinez on playing in the NL, seeing new pitching
Lovullo raves about Greinke’s outing vs. Braves
Zack Greinke discusses outing vs. Braves
Torey Lovullo and Robbie Ray discuss Diamondbacks’ loss to Nationals
Anthony Banda talks about his MLB debut
Lovullo reacts to the D-Backs’ loss to the Nationals
Diamondbacks edge Nationals in walk-off win
Diamondbacks introduce J.D. Martinez at Chase Field
Torey Lovullo on Corbin’s outing, series victory vs. Reds
Patrick Corbin on his strong start vs. Reds
J.D. Martinez talks about getting hit by a pitch vs. Reds
Manager Torey Lovullo on loss to Reds, Martinez’s injury
Zack Greinke on his outing vs. Reds
Shot Clock: D-Backs seize moment with trade
Torey Lovullo on D-Backs’ win over Reds, acquisition of J.D. Martinez
Shot Clock: Robbie Ray brings intensity to mound
Shot Clock: D-Backs fear Cubs; ASU’s hot seat
Torey Lovullo after D-Backs’ fifth straight loss
CHICAGO – During the second half last season, a bad game would turn into a bad week, and Jake Lamb would try to make it all go away in one night. In retrospect, Lamb believes it was not the right way to deal with a rough stretch at the plate. Instead of finding his way out of a hole, he only dug himself deeper.
A year later, Lamb is again off to a slow start to the second half, and he stepped to the plate in the sixth inning on Wednesday night riding a 1-for-24 skid. But Lamb delivered a two-run double off Cubs right-hander Jake Arrieta, then laced another run-scoring double two innings later, providing all the offense in the Diamondbacks’ 3-0 victory at Wrigley Field.
BOX SCORE: Diamondbacks 3, Cubs 0
One night after being hammered 16-4 in what amounted to their worst loss of the year, the Diamondbacks played a crisp game, quieting one of baseball’s hottest teams and earning a victory at a time when wins have been hard to come by. Their pitching rebounded by allowing just five baserunners, retiring the final 19 batters of the game.
“When you get your butts kicked that bad, you start to think it’s worth three or four losses,” Lamb said. “But it’s just one game. We did a great job just kind of flushing it and focusing on today. It starts with our pitching.”
Zack Godley, a former Cubs prospect, threw six impressive innings, extending his scoreless streak to 13 innings on this road trip. This time, he shut down the team that drafted him then traded him as part of the Miguel Montero deal in December 2014.
“It looks like nobody is very comfortable against him,” Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said. “Every time he needs a big out he goes and executes and gets the job done.”
Andrew Chafin, Archie Bradley and Fernando Rodney passed the baton from the seventh to the ninth, and with Zack Greinke on the mound in Thursday afternoon’s finale, the Diamondbacks put themselves in position to take a series from the defending World Series champs.
A year wiser, Lamb does not believe he has flipped a switch from cold to hot. For him, it’s less an overnight process than it is a slow battleship turn. But he believes he is getting there. And he’s not worrying about how long it takes.
“I can feel bad for the rest of the month and then kill it in September,” he said. “There’s so much time left. That’s how you’ve got to view it. Obviously, the numbers are out there, whether it’s a bad last 10 ABs, 20, a bad whatever. But there’s a lot of time left.
“If you’re giving up now, especially on a team that’s trying to make a playoff run, you’re not helping this team out at all. That’s the biggest thing I learned. It’s one game today. I felt good at the plate. We were able to get the win.”
Lamb had runners on second and third against Arrieta in the sixth when he turned on a 3-1 fastball on the inner third of the plate. He didn’t hit it particularly well, but he grounded it just inside the line and just past first baseman Anthony Rizzo, allowing David Peralta and A.J. Pollock to easily score the game’s first two runs.
“It wasn’t the best swing,” Lamb said, “but it got the job done.”
Peralta was on first again in the eighth when Lamb lined a hit into the corner, where left fielder Kyle Schwarber tried to cut it off with a slide. The ball kicked away, allowing Peralta to score to make it 3-0.
Even with the two hits, Lamb is hitting just .189 since the second half started on July 14. But in his estimation, he’s “on the way back.” He believes he has work to do with his pitch selection, but he likes his chances of finishing the season on a better note than last year, when he hit just .231 over his final 260 at-bats.
“When you’re feeling bad,” he said, “everyone knows you can’t get locked in in a matter of one cage session. It takes about a week. Realizing that, going forward, you just have to get a little bit better every single day and hopefully you can get to the point where you’re locked in for that half month, month, week, whatever it is. It’s just not pressing.”
Reach Piecoro at (602) 444-8680 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @nickpiecoro.
Diamondbacks at Cubs
When: 11:20 a.m.
Where: Wrigley Field, Chicago.
Pitchers: Diamondbacks RHP Zack Greinke (13-4, 2.84) vs. Cubs LHP Jose Quintana (6-6, 3.88).
TV/Radio: FSAZ/KTAR-AM (620), KHOV-FM (105.1).
Greinke was impressive once again last week in St. Louis, giving up just one run on four hits in seven innings. … In his past seven starts he has a 2.53 ERA with eight walks and 45 strikeouts in 46 1/3 innings. … Greinke is striking out 9.8 batters per nine innings, the second-best rate of his career. … He hasn’t faced the Cubs since his second start of the 2016 season, when he gave up four runs in six innings. … Quintana has made three starts with the Cubs since coming over in an All-Star break trade, and he has given up just five runs in 19 innings (2.37 ERA) with five walks and 25 strikeouts. … Quintana faced the Diamondbacks at Chase Field on May 24 and was hit hard, giving up eight runs in 4 1/3 innings. … Quintana is holding left-handed hitters to a .607 OPS, the seventh-best mark in the majors.
Friday: At San Francisco, 7:15 p.m., Diamondbacks TBA vs. Giants LHP Madison Bumgarner (1-4, 2.92).
Saturday: At San Francisco, 6:05 p.m., Diamondbacks RHP Taijuan Walker (6-5, 3.55) vs. Giants RHP Matt Cain (3-9, 5.37).
Sunday: At San Francisco, 1:05 p.m., Diamondbacks LHP Patrick Corbin (8-10, 4.77) vs. Giants RHP Jeff Samardzija (6-11, 4.77).