D-backs slug 4 homers after struggling in first 2 games of series
By Cody Pace
CINCINNATI -- After two games of lackluster offense, the D-backs' bats finally came alive in Sunday's series finale against the Reds.
After putting up three runs combined in the first two games of the series, Arizona plated nine on Sunday courtesy of four home runs as it topped the Reds, 9-8. The D-backs were held scoreless in 16 of 18 innings over the previous two games, but they scored in six innings on Sunday.
"I was very proud of our guys today," D-backs manager Chip Hale said. "The at-bats were way better. We kept battling. Again, we get the run in the first and they come back, we get some more runs and they come back again. Our guys did not quit, which they hadn't done that the last two days. They just were able to really hang in there in their at-bats. Obviously, [Yasmany] Tomas with the two home runs were huge."
The four homers came from three guys -- one from Paul Goldschmidt, one from Welington Castillo and the pair from Tomas. It comes after they had just one homer in the previous two games.
While Goldschmidt's home run broke an 0-for-6 stretch in the series for him, it was Tomas whose homers showed the most promise for the D-backs' lineup. Tomas came into the game hitting .196 in July with no homers after he put up seven in June, the most he's put up in a month in his career. His two-homer game continued a trend of playing well on the road -- after his 3-for-4 day, he's hitting .299 on the road with 12 of his 15 homers compared to a .223 clip at home.
"He's actually adjusted his routine at home, and his last couple games at home were better" Hale said. "He's trying to make it more like a road game; he's actually working almost all the way up to game time. He does the BP at the same time, we just get him going down in the cage a half-hour before the game, kind of a more rigorous routine than he was doing before."
The D-backs put up more than just the homers on offense. They managed 13 hits and three walks off of the Reds' staff and stranded just six on base. Every player in Arizona's starting eight had a hit except center fielder Chris Owings.
"We had guys on almost every inning, it felt like," Goldschmidt said. "The homers, they're going to stick out. ... But if you think about it, we had chances every inning, almost, to score runs without even hitting home runs. I think that was the thing, just guys one through nine were getting on base. When you do that, eventually you're going to come through with some hits that score some guys."
Cody Pace is a reporter for MLB.com based in Cincinnati. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.