The Diamondbacks have officially won 8 games of the last 10 which is remarkable in itself. Especially when you think they have won 4 out of 5 potential games against teams with 69 wins or more. Arizona found a way to win in a game that they can’t rely on winning every night. The Milwaukee Brewers actually had more players left on base with 11 than the Diamondbacks had hits with 6. Zach Davies pitched 4.2 innings while Lauer for Milwaukee pitched 6.2 innings. Somehow Arizona pulled this game out of there hats despite the statistical anomalies.
The lone run given up by the Diamondbacks was credited to Davies but the only poor inning they had was the 5th inning and arguably was not his fault. Allowing 1 hit in the 5th and proceeding to get benched with 2 outs, relief pitcher Kyle Nelson entered the game. Nelson immediately walked 3 players in a row allowing the 1st run of the game. Kyle Nelson proceeded to strike out the batter for out number 3 to mitigate damages.
Immediately heading into the bottom of the 5th inning the Diamondbacks decided to attack and gain the lead for the first time in the game. With Christian Walker up first in the 5th he hit a double to open the inning, next up was Emmanuel Rivera who also hit a double and earned an RBI with Walker coming home. Stone Garrett hit a single sending Rivera home for the second RBI for the Diamondbacks. With the game 2-1 Arizona would hope to receive more cushion but that wouldn’t come to be.
The relief pitching for Arizona has really come together at the end of the year. Today there was only one major snafu with Kyle Nelson, but the remaining pitchers pitched a shutout to win this close game. Joe Mantiply in the 8th inning had 2 strike outs, didn’t allow a hit in his 1 inning and he has continued to pitch lights out consistently proving to be one of their biggest assets. Emmanuel Rivera was hitting as hot as possible, rightly deserving player of the game with 3 at bats and 3 hits 1 run and 1 RBI. Torrey Luvello on Emmanuel Rivera “3 big hits today he’s had half the hits he’s an engaged player that understand what each at bat stands for and he’s a great defensive player” Some analysts believed Arizona will only win around 60 games if lucky they already have 63 wins and only 5 games behind .500. How far can this hot winning streak take them?