Rubby De La Rosa threw a one-hitter in 5.2 innings and has thrown 15.2 scoreless innings in his last two games in the home of the San Francisco Giants.
Know that, then excuse us for side-stepping that storyline to put the microscope on what might be the play of the Arizona Diamondbacks’ season.
In the D-backs’ 2-0 shutout against the San Francisco Giants on Friday, centerfielder A.J. Pollock stole a home run from Jarrett Parker in the bottom of the eight inning.
The play allowed for reliever Daniel Hudson to wipe his brow and keep the combined one-hit effort from the Arizona pitching crew alive. Afterword, Hudson went to Twitter to state the very obvious.
#breaking AJ is pretty good at catching baseballs. What a play!
— Daniel Hudson (@DHuddy41) September 19, 2015
Andrew Chafin, Randall Delgado and Brad Ziegler also came out of the bullpen to contribute. It was the first time the D-backs allowed one hit since Edwin Jackson threw a no-hitter against the Rays on June 25, 2010. The last time Arizona used combined performances to put together a no-hitter came Aug. 4, 2009, when Yusmeiro Petit (eight innings) and Leo Rosales (one inning) did so. Friday marked the 11th time the Diamondbacks tallied a one-hitter, and they can thank Pollock for adding that to the record books. By the way, Pollock, a first-time All-Star this year, extended his hitting streak to seven games with two hits and a run scored in the win over the Giants. That brings us to D-backs third baseman Jake Lamb, who summed it up quite nicely.
AJ Pollock is good at playing baseball.
— Jake Lamb (@JakeLamb18) September 19, 2015