Los Angeles – The Diamondbacks tore into second base, stealing bases that led to the run. They took a chance on a mid-depth flyball, made solid marks on the ball and scored a run from third. They made counts, sprinted and delivered big hits. They played every game in defense, even doing a great double to score the game’s final scores.
In a 6-1 win on Wednesday night, the Diamondbacks played the kind of game that has become somewhat typical for them over the past two months. But what was noteworthy was who they did against them.
For the second time in as many days, the Diamondbacks beat the Los Angeles Dodgers at home, and on Thursday night they will give the ball to Zach Gallen with a chance to win a series at Dodger Stadium for the first time in more than four years.
They haven’t won back-to-back games here since April 2018, which happened to be the last time they won a series at this stadium. So much time has passed that these Diamondbacks hardly resemble this version of them.
At the time, Daulton Varsho was in the California League, still focused on catching up on his first full season as a professional. Jake McCarthy attended the University of Virginia. Alec Thomas and Corbin Carroll were still in high school.
“I think someone was saying we haven’t won a series here at — I don’t know, it’s been a while,” McCarthy said. “Obviously you want to win every series, but these guys have stuck with us in the recent past. It means a lot.”
The Diamondbacks have won only three of their 23 games here, but the club’s young center players just don’t seem to want to ignore the past because they weren’t a part of it.
“I think most of the players at the club weren’t, but we still know that (history),” McCarthy said. “We know when people see the Dodgers playing D-Backs, they think the Dodgers are going to win. We’ve got that. We’re just trying to do our best to change that.”
“You can’t change the past, but I think you can let that affect the future,” Carroll said. “I think just going in with a new slate of not really getting attached to that kind of history, you know, just treating it like another game.”
McCarthy and Farshaw both stole a base in the early rounds of Wednesday night, paving the way for a pair of RBI singles from Christian Walker. In the fourth, Carroll put Dustin May’s interrupter into the right midfield field, a 107-mph shot past quarterback Tracee Thompson for a double clearing of the bases. Three rounds later, McCarthy fearlessly raced a fly ball to the left, slithering with difficulty under the mark.
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Left-handed Madison Baumgarner gave the Diamondbacks their best start in weeks, giving up just one innings by one stroke—homer solo Mookie Betts—in six strong innings. Leaning heavily on his curve ball, he threw it 37 out of his 84 pitches in the night.
On Tuesday afternoon, the Diamondbacks blew a six-team lead to exit in Game One with a double-header. Their defense has let them down, as it has repeatedly this season, but their defense has faltered, too. Immediately after that, they held a team meeting at the club, and then dressed up to win the Cup of the Night.
Between matches, manager Tory Lovolo admitted the Dodgers “got something on us,” and pleaded with his club not to let history dictate the future. He hopes that what has happened over the previous 18 rounds is a step in that direction.
“Yesterday was heartbreaking, there’s no doubt about that,” Lovolo said. “But these kids are growing up, and that’s part of our process. They step into that field, it’s a big yard. They don’t shine, they go out and do it.”
“I don’t care where we play, we have to play our game. Today was Diamondbacks baseball. We came to this field and played the game the way we could and nothing would stop us. I want to keep doing it. It feels good.”
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