The Arizona Diamondbacks traveled to the nation’s capital to take on the Washington Nationals. It was a four game series and the end of a long roadtrip for Arizona.
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The Diamondbacks went 6-4 out of the 10 games and split the series with Washington. Splitting the series against a legitimate playoff contender in the Nationals should be taken as a positive. Overall, the 10 game road trip was a success for Arizona. They played some good ball clubs and return home at 52-55.
Diamondbacks 6, Nationals 4
Zack Godley took the start and had himself a great outing. He threw six scoreless innings only giving up three hits. He did get in to some trouble at times with traffic on the bases between the three hits and two walks, but he was able to get out of trouble with a zero on the board. With the win, Godley improved to 3-0 with a 1.50 ERA.
The Diamondbacks offense showed up in a big way on Monday. They were able to knock Doug Fister around and grabbed a five run lead by the 5th inning. Nick Ahmed, David Peralta, Wellington Castillo and Jake Lamb all homered in game 1.
Things got a little interesting in the 9th as Daniel Hudson came in and gave up four runs, but Brad Ziegler came in and slammed the door shut to close the game out.
Godley’s final line: 6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 6 K
Winning Pitcher: Godley (3-0)
Losing Pitcher: Fister (4-7)
Diamondbacks 4, Nationals 5
Arizona dropped game two. This one appeared like it was going to be a nice pitching match up with Patrick Corbin going against former D-Back, Max Scherzer. Unfortunately for Corbin, it didn’t quite go as planned. Corbin was only able to get four outs before he was removed from the game. Nationals’ hitters were aggressive early and really jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the 1st inning.
It looked like it was gonna be a long game for Arizona, but Josh Collmenter took over in relief for Corbin and really settled the game down and kept the Diamondbacks in the game.
Scherzer was cruising through the Diamondbacks’ offense but really hit a rough patch in the 4th inning. Arizona rallied to tie the game at three. The game went along tied at three until the 8th inning. Nationals picked up two runs against reliever, David Hernandez. That would be all Washington needed to secure the win. Arizona rallied in the 9th to score one but couldn’t get the tying run in.
Patrick Corbin’s final line: 1.1 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 1 K
Josh Collmenter’s final line in long relief: 3.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K
Winning Pitcher: Storen (2-0)
Losing Pitcher: Hernandez (0-2)
Diamondbacks 11, Nationals 4
As you can tell by the score, this was a fun one for the Diamondbacks. Rubby De La Rosa got the start for Arizona and just like Corbin, De La Rosa had a rough 1st inning. He gave up two runs early, but was able to pitch effectively the rest of the way keeping Arizona in the game.
The Diamondbacks’ offense was a little quiet early and managed to scratch a single run across in the 3rd inning. It wasn’t until the 6th that Arizona took the lead. Nick Ahmed was attempting a sacrifice bunt to move runners over from 1st and 2nd and got the bunt down, but the throw to 1st was spiked into the ground and rolled into the outfield. Both runners came around to score and Ahmed took 3rd on the error.
Arizona tacked on three more runs in the 8th and another 3 in the 9th to pad their lead. Castillo belted another home run to give him six in his last eight games. Washington managed to score two in the 9th but that would be it and Arizona won game three handily.
Rubby De La Rosa’s final line: 5.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 3 K
Winning Pitcher: De La Rosa (9-5)
Losing Pitcher: Barrett (3-3)
Diamondbacks 3, Nationals 8
On the final game of the road trip, Jeremy Hellickson just didn’t have his good stuff. He gave up four earned runs by the 5th inning before getting taken out for Allen Webster. Joe Ross, younger brother of Padres’ Tyson Ross, stifled the Diamondbacks offense for the most part. Arizona managed to scatter some hits around off him and actually grabbed a run off of him in the 5th.
Despite being down, Arizona battled back in the 7th to score another two runs making it a one run ball game, but unfortunately, that one run difference didn’t last very long. Webster gave up another run the very next half inning and Brad Ziegler gave up a three run home run to Clint Robinson in the 8th. That would be all she wrote for the finale of the four game set against Washington.
Jeremy Hellickson’s final line: 4.2 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 4 BB, 3 K
Winning Pitcher: Ross (3-3)
Losing Pitcher: Hellickson (7-8)
The Diamondbacks return home to Chase Field on Friday to take on the Cincinnati Reds for the first of a three game set. First pitch will be at 6:40 Friday night in downtown Phoenix.