With a win over the Friars last night, the Diamondbacks are above .500 for the first time this season.
Merrill Kelly had his best outing of 2021, Carson Kelly provided the offense and the Padres gifted the Diamondbacks two insurance runs. The Arizona victory puts them one game over .500 for the first time in 2021.
Six innings pitched, only one run allowed. Tuesday night was far and away Merrill Kelly’s best outing of the 2021 season. It came on the heels of a pair of seven-inning shutout performances by Zac Gallen and Madison Bumgarner. The win not only put the Diamondbacks over the .500 mark, but it leapfrogged them above the Padres in the NL West standings.
Arizona’s win on Tuesday night was not without its cost. After stealing third base in the sixth inning, Kole Calhoun popped up lame and needed to come out of the game. There is no word yet on how bad the leg tweak was.
Jeff Wiser takes a look at how Madison Bumgarner found such dominating success against the Braves in his near-perfect No-No-That-Wasn’t.
The offer for Friday and Saturday against the Colorado Rockies is $14 a ticket, a nod to the 14 innings thrown by Gallen and Bumgarner. Those two are in line to pitch in those two games as well.
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Carson Kelly’s red-hot start to the season has caught many by surprise. There are reasons to believe it could just be for real.