D-backs cashing in as hot streaks coincide

Even hitters who struggled early have contributed of late

D-backs cashing in as hot streaks coincide

PHOENIX -- After Saturday's game, D-backs manager Chip Hale noted how he was pleased with how his club has been producing runs as of late, noting that even players who struggled early in the season have been contributing.

Slugger Paul Goldschmidt said he agrees that will be important later in the season for the D-backs, who ranked second in the National League and fourth in the Majors with 200 runs scored heading into Sunday's games.

"It's going to take a team effort if we want to win and have a successful season," Goldschmidt said. "We've all had our struggles and will have them again in the future. But if we want to win, it's going to take 1-through-9 and guys off the bench and when we win, that's usually how we win."

At the top of the order, Goldschmidt and A.J. Pollock continue to hit well, as expected. Goldschmidt was batting .327 with 11 home runs and 35 RBIs prior to Sunday's game, showing why he's one of the best hitters in the NL. And Pollock was 11-for-20 in the last five games.

But other hitters have been a key reason the D-backs had won five of their last six, averaging 5.2 runs per game in that stretch, and scored 200 runs through their first 42 games, their most at that point in the season since scoring 220 in 2010.

Rookie Yasmany Tomas and Nick Ahmed each entered Sunday with eight-game hitting streaks. Ahmed was 10-for-23 during that streak, which included a walk-off RBI single in Friday's win over the Cubs. Tomas led all NL rookies with a .333 average and was second with 11 multi-hit games.

Catcher Tuffy Gosewisch also had hits in nine of his last 11 games, including his first homer of the season on Saturday.

The D-backs have been driving in runs exceptionally well with two outs. They led the Majors with 89 two-out RBIs and were third in two-out batting average (.289).

"Our goal has just been no matter what the score is, if we're up a lot, down, tie game, whatever it is, just to have the best at-bat we can, just to make it a tough out on the pitcher," Goldschmidt said. "It doesn't matter if it's two outs or whatever. Just try to find a way on base and the next guy do the same, and then hopefully that'll just carry on and we can score some runs."

Jake Rill is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.