There’s no question that Arizona has turned a corner this year and are now performing the way many analysts expected of them last year. And last night, they did what good teams do, they won a game they were supposed to. In match up between Zack Greinke and Luis Perdomo, Greinke and his teammates predictably came out on top, posting a 5-2 lead after three frames and cruising to a 7-4 win. The highlights for San Diego came in the form of another good game from Franchy Cordero (2 for 4, Triple) and Solarte hitting his fifth homerun of the season.
On the other side of the ledger, Luis Perdomo was awful (again). I still hold out hope that he can be a steady back of the rotation innings eater, but at this point, it’s clear he could use some more time in the minors to tighten up his pitch sequences and command, and to simply take a breather, get his head on straight. Last night, Perdomo repeatedly found himself behind in the count en route five earned runs in four innings, off five hits and four walks. Most telling, he through a whopping 94 pitches in his four innings, only 50 of which went for strikes. The performance dropped his era to 5.47 for the season, and while he’s certainly had some positive starts, his overall numbers represent a decline from where he was during the second half of last year.
- After last night, Franchy Cordero is now slashing .333/.375/.500 through his first 32 career plate appearances. While he certainly won’t sustain this, he’s already managed to exceed expectations and push his way in to A.J. Preller’s future roster plans.
- Brad Hand gave up his first earned runs since May 25, only the second such appearance since May 15. Hand has been brought up frequently lately as one of the few tradeable assets on the team. Let’s hope he continues to put up great numbers as trading him is exactly what Preller needs to do, while his market is at it’s peak.
- In his second straight apperance, Jose Pirela went 3-3 with a double while playing both second base and left field during the game.
- Clayton Richard faces off against Patrick Corbin in the series finale today at 3:40 eastern.