SAN FRANCISCO – It had been a few weeks since Steven Souza Jr. approached Arizona supervisor Torey Lovullo in Cincinnati about batting leadoff, so the fitting fielder started to query whether or not he would get his probability
“I used to be questioning,” he mentioned.
Then, with the offense in a deep funk, Souza arrived on the ballpark Wednesday and checked the lineup: leadoff.
He made good on his phrase that he may deal with the job, hitting a house run to start out the third that ended the Diamondbacks’ 25-inning scoreless drought. Souza added an RBI double the following inning and backed Zack Godley with a defensive gem in a Three-1 win over the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday night time.
Lovullo was contemplating Souza in the identical spot Thursday at Dodger Stadium.
“I find it irresistible. I’ve performed it for almost all of my life. The final couple of years I have been in the midst of the lineup,” Souza mentioned. “Wherever Torey needs to place me, I’ll do my finest there. I’ve some familiarity with the leadoff spot and it was simply enjoyable to be there in entrance of some actually good hitters.”
Godley (14-7) struck out six over 7 2/Three innings of two-hit ball and elevated his profession finest for wins as first-place Arizona moved a half-game forward of idle Colorado within the NL West.
Lovullo vowed to modify issues up as wanted to attempt to give his membership a spark, going with Souza main off in a transfer that proved spot on.
Lovullo mentioned he’ll “do one thing a little bit exterior the field” as obligatory down the stretch, with all people understanding every sport is now so essential within the playoff chase.
When Souza requested him about hitting leadoff, Lovullo made it clear: “I will make that call,” he informed the participant. “I will deal with this. I will care for this.”
It was a well timed selection.
Earlier than Souza’s fourth house run of the yr, the Diamondbacks hadn’t scored for the reason that third inning of Sunday’s 5-2 win in opposition to the Mariners.
Souza additionally made a powerful, diving, backhand catch on the warning observe after operating down pinch-hitter Gregor Blanco’s deep fly to the hole in right-center. Souza tipped his cap after the play.
San Francisco had its four-game successful streak snapped, one victory shy of matching its longest of the season from Could 30 to June four. The Giants missed an opportunity to comb the Diamondbacks in a sequence of three or extra video games for the primary time since July 2016.
Godley, who’s 6-Zero over his final eight street begins, hit three Giants batters with pitches via 5 innings. The final time a Diamondbacks pitcher had three hit batsmen was Ian Kennedy on Aug. 9, 2010, in opposition to the Brewers.
Godley gave option to Archie Bradley after permitting a two-out single to Gorkys Hernandez and pinch-hitter Hunter Pence’s stroll. Bradley allowed Andrew McCutchen’s RBI single however retired Joe Panik on a known as third strike to finish the inning.
Brad Boxberger obtained the ultimate two outs on strikeouts for his 30th save.
Giants rookie Dereck Rodriguez (6-2) misplaced for the primary time in 13 appearances – 12 begins – since June 9 at Washington. He walked a season-high 4 in 5 innings, permitting 5 hits with three strikeouts in his second begin since coming off the disabled checklist from a strained proper hamstring.
“You’ll be able to have two months of a great stretch after which have one dangerous outing,” Rodriguez mentioned. “However I am not going to let it have an effect on me.”
Arizona shortstop Nick Ahmed met with third base coach Tony Perezchica to debate indicators after a expensive mistake an evening earlier that Lovullo described as “possibly just a bit hole in communication.”
In a scoreless sport, Ahmed was thrown out at house to finish the eighth as he tried to come back house from first on pinch-hitter David Peralta’s single to deep right-center.
Ahmed noticed Perezchica’s preliminary, aggressive wave however then ran via a cease signal whereas charging for house.
“They’re each claiming some duty,” Lovullo mentioned.
Any longer with Ahmed, Perezchica will each give a cease signal and a verbal command.
Giants: Rookie CF Steven Duggar was positioned on the disabled checklist with a possible season-ending left shoulder damage a day after a tough, headfirst slide again into second base. After the sport, supervisor Bruce Bochy mentioned Duggar dislocated the shoulder and has a labrum tear, with surgical procedure really helpful however no resolution but made. Duggar arrived at AT&T Park nonetheless very sore from the night time earlier than, when he wound up staying within the sport and scoring the successful run within the backside of the ninth for a 1-Zero victory. … Blanco was known as up from Triple-A Sacramento. … RHP Jeff Samardzija obtained a second opinion on his infected pitching shoulder from Dr. Tim McAdams at Stanford and it was suggested the pitcher proceed to relaxation the damage. There was no structural harm discovered however Samardzija’s availability for the rest of the season is unsure based mostly on the time he would want to construct again up in his throwing program after the remainder interval. “Wanting on the timetable right here the place we’re at within the season, I believe it’s important to be trustworthy and say it is uncertain,” Bochy mentioned.
Left-hander Robbie Ray (Three-2, four.73 ERA) pitches for Arizona in its sequence opener at Dodger Stadium. Following an off day for the Giants, lefty Andrew Suarez (5-9, four.42) takes the mound Friday at house to start a weekend sequence with the New York Mets.