This was what the Arizona front office had in mind when they made the decision to trade for J.D. Martinez on July 18.
D-backs right-hander Zack Greinke did a little bit of everything Monday night as he tossed eight quality innings and drove in a run, and J.D. Martinez introduced himself to Arizona with a massive home run in a 10-2 victory over the Braves at Chase Field.
For the most part this season, D-backs manager Torey Lovullo has had the luxury of rolling out the same starting rotation every week. Arizona entered Saturday boasting the second best team ERA (3.49) in the Majors and using just eight starting pitchers.
In his first career Major League start on Saturday, D-backs left-hander Anthony Banda found himself on the wrong end of a 4-3 loss to the Nationals. But for most of his outing, Arizona’s No. 1 prospect kept the best offense in the National League handcuffed.
The Nationals and D-backs — two teams that made acquisitions this week looking to bolster their postseason chances — will begin a three-game series on Friday night in Phoenix, with former Arizona right-hander Max Scherzer squaring off against his former club in the opener.
Three batters into Thursday’s game at Great American Ball Park, the D-backs set the tone. After the first two batters reached, Jake Lamb slugged a three-run home run that sent Arizona on its way to a 12-2 victory over the Reds. That claimed two of three games in the series.
With the bases loaded in the bottom of the 11th inning, Adam Duvall ended the Reds’ five-game losing streak. Duvall’s RBI single scored the winning run for a 4-3, walk-off victory over the D-backs. Arizona lost for the sixth time in seven games.
Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo gave an update on the health of Randall Delgado on Tuesday, revealing the right-handed reliever has a flexor strain in his right elbow and will be shut down for 10-14 days.
The D-backs have acquired Tigers outfielder J.D. Martinez, the teams announced Tuesday. Arizona will send prospects Dawel Lugo, Sergio Alcantara and Jose King to Detroit.
Winless since the All-Star break, both the D-backs and Reds were desperate to create some second-half traction with a victory on Tuesday. Arizona got what it wanted with an 11-2 victory to snap a five-game losing streak, while Cincinnati is still searching while immersed in its own five-game losing streak.
Mike Foltynewicz has allowed two earned runs or fewer in 12 of his first 16 starts and has compiled 81 strikeouts for the Braves this season. The Diamondbacks will send Patrick Corbin to oppose him, who is looking for his first win since June 16.
It would be hard to have had a better first half of the season than D-backs setup man Archie Bradley, which is why the two runs the Braves managed to score off him in their 4-3 win Friday night stunned the Arizona clubhouse.