Manager Torey Lovullo, second baseman Brandon Drury and left-hander Patrick Corbin react to 11-4 win against the Pirates, May 12, 2017.
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Shot Clock: Colin Kaepernick is better than Blaine Gabbert, right? So why did the Cardinals not sign him? Also, Zack Greinke has his Randy Johnson moment … what does it mean for Diamondbacks?
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Diamondbacks pitcher Zack Greinke describes his night, in which he nearly threw a no-hitter against the Pirates.
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo reacts to Zack Greinke’s near-no-hit performance in Thursday’s win over the Pirates.
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Manager Torey Lovullo, right-hander Zack Godley and shortstop Nick Ahmed react to the 7-1 win.
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Manager Torey Lovullo and left-hander Robbie Ray react to the 7-3 loss.
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azcentral sports’ Sarah McLellan and Dan Bickley discuss the D-Backs’ difficulties on the road and the NBA’s big issue in the playoffs.
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo says defensive miscues cost them in a 5-2 loss to the Rockies on Sunday. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks right-hander Taijuan Walker talks about his outing vs. the Rockies at Coors Field on Sunday. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks lefty Patrick Corbin was charged with eight runs in four-plus innings against the Rockies on Saturday night.
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Manager Torey Lovullo didn’t think his team played fundamentally sound in Saturday night’s 9-1 loss to the Colorado Rockies.
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Diamondbacks right-hander Zack Greinke gave up two runs in seven innings in a win over the Rockies on Friday.
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo breaks down his team’s win over the Rockies on Friday night.
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo on Braden Shipley’s outing and his offense’s struggles vs. Nationals right-hander Max Scherzer. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks right-hander Braden Shipley gave up three runs in four-plus innings against the Nationals on Thursday afternoon. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo talks about his team’s inability to come up with a hit in a key situation on Wednesday night, May 3, 2017. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks lefty Robbie Ray had everything working but still came away with a loss on Wednesday night in D.C., May 3, 2017. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said his pitching staff did well to hold the Nationals to three runs on Tuesday night.
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Taijuan Walker didn’t blame a small strike zone for his abbreviated, 4 2/3-inning outing on Tuesday night.
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azcentral sports’ Jay Dieffenbach and Dan Bickley discuss the Rockets’ explosion against the Spurs and a possible pitching implosion for the Diamondbacks.
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Diamondbacks outfielder A.J. Pollock speaks about the controversial call that went against him in the 10th inning of Arizona’s win over the Rockies on Sunday. Bob McManaman/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks’ Daniel Descalso talks about his two-run, walk-off homer to beat the Rockies in the 13th inning on Sunday. Bob McManaman/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo discusses the team’s strong pitching fueling Arizona’s walk-off win over the Rockies on Sunday. Bob McManaman/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks starter Patrick Corbin talks about his strong, scoreless outing against the Rockies in Sunday’s win. Bob McManaman/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks closer Fernando Rodney talks about his outing vs. the Rockies, and says he’ll have no trouble bouncing back from his latest setback. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks right-hander Zack Greinke talks about his start on Saturday night, in which he allowed three earned runs in six-plus innings vs. the Rockies. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Shelby Miller explains his decision to undergo Tommy John surgery, April 29, 2017. (Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports)
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Manager Torey Lovullo, left-hander Robbie Ray and catcher Chris Iannetta react to the loss.
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Chris Owings talks about the first multi-homer game of his career, and how he’s feeling at the plate after homering three times in the past four games.
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Diamondbacks right-hander Taijuan Walker says his fastball was working well for him on Thursday night.
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Arizona Diamondbacks right-hander Shelby Miller says he has a tear in his ulnar collateral ligament and that Tommy John surgery is an option, April 27, 2017. (Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports)
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Diamondbacks closer Fernando Rodney on Wednesday’s blown save against San Diego.
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo reacts to the Padres’ comeback win.
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Wednesday night’s game against the Padres drew the smallest crowd in Diamondbacks history.
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Manager Torey Lovullo, first baseman Paul Goldschmidt and left-hander Patrick Corbin react to Tuesday’s win. Sarah McLellan/azcentral sports
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Manager Torey Lovullo, right-hander Zack Greinke and shortstop Chris Owings react to Monday’s home win over the Padres. Sarah McLellan/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks right-hander Shelby Miller did not provide many details on his elbow injury on Monday, but he is planning to receive a second opinion on Tuesday in Los Angeles. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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D-Backs’ Shelby Miller talks about arm injury suffered during the 6-2 loss to the Dodgers, April 23, 2017. (Scott Bordow/azcentral sports)
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David Peralta talks about the Diamondbacks’ offense and his record-setting four doubles Saturday.
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Diamondbacks starter Robbie Ray talks after his team’s 11-5 victory over the Dodgers.
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Manager Torey Lovullo, right-hander Taijuan Walker, shortstop Chris Owings and first baseman Paul Goldschmidt react to the 13-5 win.
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First baseman Paul Goldschmidt says the Diamondbacks couldn’t string together enough hits against the Padres on Thursday night.
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo talks about his team’s 4-1 loss to the Padres and their 4-6 road trip through San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego.
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Diamondbacks overwhelm Pirates 11-4
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Diamondbacks’ Robbie Ray strikes out 10 in loss to Nationals
Torey Lovullo on D-Backs’ 6-3 win over Nationals
Taijuan Walker on his short start vs. Nationals
Shot Clock: Rockets sizzle, D-Backs fizzle?
A.J. Pollock on controversial play: “You guys saw the replay”
Descalso talks about walk-off home run over Rockies
Lovullo on pitching, more in D-Backs’ wild win
Corbin discusses his scoreless outing vs. Rockies
Fernando Rodney talks about his latest blown save
Zack Greinke after outing vs. Rockies
D-Backs’ Shelby Miller to have Tommy John surgery
Diamondbacks fall 3-1 to Rockies
Chris Owings on his two-homer night
D-Backs’ Taijuan Walker on his 11-strikeout performance vs. Padres
D-Backs’ Shelby Miller considering Tommy John surgery
Fernando Rodney reacts to his blown save against the Padres
Torey Lovullo reacts to Diamondbacks’ ‘heartbreaking’ loss
Diamondbacks attendance hits new low
Diamondbacks pull away from Padres for 9-3 win
Diamondbacks hold on for win over Padres
Shelby Miller on his injury, visit with team doctor
Arizona Diamondbacks’ Shelby Miller discusses arm injury
David Peralta on his record-setting night
Robbie Ray reacts to Saturday’s win over the Dodgers
Diamondbacks use 9-run eighth to overwhelm Dodgers
Paul Goldschmidt on D-Backs’ offense vs. Padres
Manager Torey Lovullo breaks down D-Backs’ loss, road trip
When the Diamondbacks returned from their six-game trip to Washington and Colorado having won just two games and averaging only three runs in the process, everyone wanted to know where the offense went.
The Diamondbacks weren’t sure, either, but they certainly know how to find it at Chase Field.
After earning at least a series split for the second time in as many tries since arriving back in their home ballpark, the Diamondbacks in four games already have more wins (three) and have scored five more runs (23) than they did in six games on the road.
That’s how friendly it’s been at Chase Field, where Arizona improved its National League-best home record to 15-6 and continued to pound the yarn out of the baseball.
BOXSCORE: Arizona 11, Pittsburgh 4
During Friday night’s 11-4 pummeling of the Pittsburgh Pirates, the Diamondbacks exploded for seven runs off six hits and a walk in the third inning and quickly added on with a four-run fourth on six base hits.
Tell the humidor it can wait.
“That was fun,” said second baseman Brandon Drury, who went 3 for 5 and finished a triple shy of hitting for the cycle. “Anytime you’re hitting around and guys are getting big hits it’s always fun.”
Arizona, as a team, hit for the cycle in the third and chased Pirates starter Tyler Glasnow before he could record a second out. Catcher Chris Iannetta led off with a 441-foot blast halfway up the batter’s eye in center field. Drury capped the inning with a three-run blast to left.
In between, there was an RBI triple by center fielder A.J. Pollock, a run-scoring double by right fielder David Peralta and an RBI single by first baseman Paul Goldschmidt.
In the fourth, other hitters stepped up to the plate and delivered. Third baseman Jake Lamb ripped a two-run single down the right field line. Left fielder Yasmany Tomas followed with an RBI single to center. One out later, shortstop Chris Owings added a run-scoring base hit to right.
In just two innings against Glasnow and reliever Josh Lindblom, the Diamondbacks erupted for 11 runs – five more than they managed to score in their four losses combined on that recent roadie. Glasnow and Lindblom, meanwhile, were forced to throw a combined 128 pitches overall just to get through six innings.
The victory and the offensive barrage was tempered after Iannetta got hit in the face by a 93 mph fastball from Pirates reliever Johnny Barbato in the seventh inning. Iannetta’s upper lip was completely split open and he was taken to a hospital for further examination.
As for all the runs, it was just what the Diamondbacks needed.
“I thought offensively we waited out and uncomfortable situation because we didn’t have familiarity with their starting pitcher,” manager Torey Lovullo said. “But the second time around we saw release point, we saw location, depth of pitches and we really started to zero in on approach.”
Drury is now batting .448 (30 for 67) at home and has hit safely in 10 straight games at Chase Field.
“I feel good right now. I’ve got a pretty good routine going in the cage and on the field,” Drury said. “It’s translating to the game. I feel good and I’m looking forward to keeping it rolling.”
While the Diamondbacks obviously have no problems raking at home, where they rank first in the majors in runs, doubles and total bases and were second among NL teams in batting average, slugging percentage and OPS, it’s away from Chase Field where they scuffle.
And after they finish off this homestand, which continues with a three-game set against the Mets on Monday, the Diamondbacks are going to get a look at life on the road as 14 of their next 17 games will be played away.
If their hitting woes are still an issue, things could get worse. The team is in the process of having its humidor built and the storage unit, which is expected to reduce scoring, is scheduled to be operative for the first time when Arizona hosts the Phillies for the start of a 10-game homestand on June 23.
“It’s nice to be home, obviously. You get to sleep in your own bed and you’ve got a little bit better routine,” Drury said. “But I think the splits are a little bit exaggerated this early in the season. I keep hearing about that a lot – about splits and all that – but I think over time it’s going to change throughout the season.”
Lovullo knows it will.
“I don’t think there’s a huge sample size to say this is anything other than us maybe maturing and growing up on the road,” he said. “We’re comfortable here. We know that. But we just have to continue to do what we can here at home and go on the road and have the same type of approach and I think at the end of the year it’s going to balance itself out.”
Pirates at Diamondbacks
When: 5:10 p.m.
Where: Chase Field (Roof hotline: 602-462-6262).
Pitchers: Diamondbacks RHP Taijuan Walker (3-2, 3.83) vs. Pirates RHP Trevor Williams (1-2, 7.98).
TV/Radio: FSAZ/KMVP-FM (98.7), KHOV-FM (105.1).
Walker has allowed three earned runs or fewer in five of his first seven starts this season. He took the loss in his last start, a 5-2 loss at Colorado, despite allowing just one earned run over 5 2/3 innings. Walker has pitched past the sixth inning only once thus far, on April 27 against the Padres when he went eight innings in a 6-2 win. … Williams will be making his eighth appearance, but just his second start of the season for the Pirates. In his first start on Monday at the Dodgers, he allowed six earned runs in the first inning of a 12-1 loss. Acquired from the Marlins in 2015, Williams pitched a season-high four innings against the Cubs on April 24.
Sunday: At Chase Field, 1:10 p.m., Diamondbacks LHP Robbie Ray (2-3, 4.14) vs. Pirates RHP Ivan Nova (3-3, 2.23).
Monday: At Chase Field, 6:40 p.m., Diamondbacks RHP Zack Godley (1-0, 2.25) v. Mets RHP Zack Wheeler (2-2, 4.18).
Tuesday: At Chase Field, 6:40 p.m., Diamondbacks RHP Zack Greinke (4-2, 2.79) vs. Mets LHP Tommy Milone (1-0, 5.88).