PHOENIX -- The Astros hit four home runs in support of left-hander Dallas Keuchel, who recorded his 20th win, as Houston moved a step closer to its first postseason berth in 10 years with a 21-5 rout of the D-backs on Friday night at Chase Field.
The Astros enter Saturday night's game against the D-backs with a chance to clinch their first postseason berth in 10 years.
With a one-game lead over the Angels and a two-game lead over the Twins in the race for the American League's final Wild Card spot, a win by the Astros in Arizona regardless of what the Angels do in Texas would guarantee Houston of no worse than a tie with the Angels, while it would eliminate the Twins. A win by the Astros and a loss by the Angels would clinch the Wild Card for Houston, but it still isn't out of the AL West race.
PHOENIX -- First baseman Paul Goldschmidt and outfielder A.J. Pollock have been the D-backs' best players throughout 2015, so it is no surprise that they both are up for Esurance MLB Awards.
Goldschmidt was nominated in two categories -- Best Major Leaguer and Best Everyday Player -- while Pollock is up for Best Breakout Player.
The Esurance MLB Awards annually honor Major League Baseball's greatest achievements as part of an industry-wide balloting process that includes five components, each of which accounts for 20 percent of the overall vote: media, front-office personnel, retired MLB players, fans at MLB.com and Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) voters.
Launched in 2013 with participation from more than 6,000 students, 200 teachers and 100 schools, the Arizona Diamondbacks Science of Baseball, presented by Chase and Insight, aims to promote STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) to students through classroom theory and practical applications of the sport of baseball. Before Friday's game against the Astros, the D-backs hosted 4,000 Arizona students at the second annual Science of Baseball & STEM Showcase at Chase Field. In addition, the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation presented 10 STEM clubs and teachers with a $2,500 grant to support their projects, totaling $25,000.
PHOENIX -- When the D-backs acquired infielder Phil Gosselin in a deal with the Braves in late June, he was on the disabled list. He was not able to play until Aug. 31, but in the span of just a few weeks, Gosselin has played himself into the conversation about the 2016 roster.
PHOENIX -- D-backs prospect Peter O'Brien is not ready to put his catching gear away for good just yet.
O'Brien experienced some issues throwing the ball back to the pitcher during Spring Training, and when he opened the Triple-A Reno season he shifted to the outfield. The 25-year-old's best position has always been in the batter's box, and he hit .284 with 35 doubles, 26 homers and 107 RBIs in 131 games for Reno while playing almost exclusively in the outfield.
Steve Gilbert and Thomas Harding are reporters for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
Cameras catch fan watching game on treadmill
By Chris Landers |
The life of the modern man is a hectic one -- in this fast-paced world of ours, there's hardly a moment to catch your breath. So one D-backs fan took the opportunity to, uh, consolidate during Arizona's game against Colorado on Tuesday. He had to cheer on his favorite team, but also needed to get some exercise in. Luckily, Chase Field offered just the solution:
Dansby Swanson's 2015 baseball season officially began on February 13. More than seven months later, he's still out on a field playing.
The setting, of course, has changed over time. Swanson starred at shortstop for Vanderbilt University all spring, leading the Commodores to a finish as the College World Series runners-up (a year after winning it all). The No. 1 overall pick in the Draft, he signed in mid-July, then went out and got 83 regular-season at-bats with Hillsboro in the short-season Northwest League. Now, the D-backs' top prospect is in Arizona participating in instructional league play.
SAN DIEGO -- Ender Inciarte drilled two home runs and David Peralta added a solo home run as the D-backs edged the Padres, 4-2, on Sunday at Petco Park.
San Diego pitcher James Shields allowed all three home runs and has now yielded 33 this season, tying him with Kyle Kendrick of the Rockies for the most allowed in 2015. He allowed four runs on nine hits in 6 1/3 innings with eight strikeouts.
SAN DIEGO -- Robbie Erlin allowed just two hits over seven innings as the Padres beat the D-backs, 3-0, on Saturday night to even the series at Petco Park.
Erlin, who was coming off a disastrous start against the Rockies, in which he allowed seven runs on nine hits in just three innings, had a no-hitter until Ender Inciarte tripled with two outs in sixth inning. Erlin (1-1) turned things over to Joaquin Benoit, who worked a scoreless eighth before Craig Kimbrel closed things out in the ninth for his 38th save.
SAN DIEGO -- It is best to write down the starting rotation for the D-backs in pencil when it comes to the final seven games of the season.
Right-hander Zack Godley, who the team previously said had made his final start of the year on Sept. 9 vs. the Giants, will start in place of Jhoulys Chacin on Sunday, with Chacin expected to pitch in relief of Godley.
SAN DIEGO -- A.J. Pollock hit a grand slam and Rubby De La Rosa allowed two earned runs in 5 2/3 innings Friday night as the D-backs defeated the Padres, 6-3, at Petco Park.
Pollock had a run-scoring single in the first inning and then hit his grand slam in the second inning, for his 19th home run of the season. De La Rosa improved to 4-0 against the Padres this season in four starts. He walked three and struck out two.
SAN DIEGO -- Finishing the season strong is important for outfielder A.J. Pollock and his teammates, not because the D-backs are still in the pennant race, but because next year they plan on being in one and they want to show they can play a full season.
"We don't want to be limping to the finish line," Pollock said. "We want to go strong into next year. This is the time when we could be making a playoff run so this is good practice right now to go at these games and really attack them. That's kind of what I want to emphasize for me, personally, and I think our team really wants to do it too."
LOS ANGELES -- Even against Clayton Kershaw, the edge -- like it did all series -- went to Paul Goldschmidt on Thursday afternoon. In the D-backs' 6-3 loss to the Dodgers in the finale at Dodger Stadium, Goldschmidt capped a 7-for-16 four-game set with a pair of hits off the National League Cy Young contender, his third multhit game of the four.
Goldschmidt had already homered three times in the series -- one time apiece in the first three games -- when he stepped in for his first at-bat against Kershaw in the second inning. The Arizona first baseman lined a leadoff single to right field and eventually scored the first run of the game. An inning later, batting with men on first and second, Goldschmidt drove in a run with a single to left off the defending NL MVP.
LOS ANGELES -- Chris Heisey hit a grand slam to punctuate a six-run fifth inning for the Dodgers in a 6-3 win over the D-backs on Thursday at Dodger Stadium. The victory, plus the Giants' walk-off loss to the Padres, lowered the Dodgers' magic number to three in the National League West while also helping them maintain their lead for home-field advantage in a potential NL Division Series with the Mets to 1 1/2 games.
Despite the shortest outing of the season for Clayton Kershaw, the Dodgers rallied from a 3-0 deficit to earn a split in the four-game series. Kershaw (15-7) was pulled after only five innings as he allowed three runs on six hits while striking out nine on 80 pitches. It was Kershaw's shortest outing since Sept. 19, 2014 -- when he also pitched five innings -- and it marked his fewest pitches in a start since June 8, 2014. After being pulled for a pinch-hitter in the bottom of the fifth, Kershaw had an animated discussion with manager Don Mattingly, but the Dodgers went on to erupt in the frame.
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LOS ANGELES -- D-backs shortstop Nick Ahmed will likely be out through the weekend with a lower back injury -- and at least until the team returns home to play the Rockies on Tuesday -- manager Chip Hale said before Thursday's series finale against the Dodgers.
"I'd be shocked if he played before the Rockies series," Hale said. "But Nick Ahmed has shocked me before. So we'll see how he is tomorrow."
LOS ANGELES -- Chase Utley hit the first leadoff home run of his career and Corey Seager hit a two-run homer in the eighth to propel the Dodgers to a 4-1 win over the D-backs on Wednesday night at Dodger Stadium.
The win, coupled with a Giants loss in San Diego, lowered the Dodgers' magic number to win the National League West to 5. Los Angeles also owns a 1 1/2 game lead over the Mets, who lost, for home-field advantage in the Division Series.
Faulty phone costs D-backs as Reynolds can't get loose
By David Adler
LOS ANGELES -- In the eighth inning of a tight game Wednesday night at Dodger Stadium, D-backs manager Chip Hale knew he wanted to go to left-hander Matt Reynolds to match up with Dodgers top prospect Corey Seager, a left-handed hitter. The problem was, Reynolds didn't know it. The bullpen phone in the visitors' dugout at Dodger Stadium wasn't working.
So when Seager came up with one out, a runner on second and Arizona trailing by one, Hale walked to the mound and called for a reliever who hadn't been warming up. Reynolds came in cold, with only his eight allotted warmup pitches to get loose. Four pitches into the at-bat, Reynolds spun a curveball into Seager's wheelhouse, and the Dodgers rookie launched it into the right-field seats for a two-run homer. The D-backs, suddenly facing a three-run deficit with only three outs to make it up, went on to lose, 4-1.
LOS ANGELES -- Robbie Ray out-pitched Alex Wood, and the D-backs slugged three home runs at Dodger Stadium Tuesday night in an 8-0 win over the Dodgers, whose losing streak reached four games.
The Giants' win in San Diego meant the Dodgers' magic number to win the NL West remained at seven. Los Angeles is one-half game ahead of the Mets for the home-field advantage if those clubs meet in the playoffs.