By the numbers: D-backs’ three-game sweep on road vs. Blue Jays
The Arizona Diamondbacks are off to a perfect start to their 10-game road trip.
Arizona swept the Toronto Blue Jays in the Rodgers Center on the heels of a three-game series with the division rival Los Angeles Dodgers in which the D-backs lost two of three.
The success away from Chase Field has been somewhat of a trend for the Diamondbacks in 2019, as the team is now 20-16 (.555) on the road compared to their 14-16 (.467) home record.
Here is a look at the three-game sweep by the numbers:
The D-backs scored 22 runs in the three-game series, scoring eight, six and eight runs, respectively, resulting in a 7.33 ERA for the Blue Jays’ pitching staff. The hitting explosion comes after the three-game series with the Dodgers in which Arizona was only able to score a total of four runs.
As a result, the Diamondbacks hit a whopping .278 as a team that included 30 hits in 108 at-bats. Seven of those hits came via the long ball, including the first two home runs of Kevin Cron’s career. Not only did the D-backs hit well as a team, but they were also able to really swing it when it mattered most. Arizona hit an outstanding .522 as a team by going 12-for-23 with runners in scoring position.
Diamondback pitching was untouchable north of the border, combining to fan 28 Blue Jays, 35% of the 81 total outs. Arizona pitching also had an impressive 0.85 WHIP, as the team only allowed 17 hits and six walks over the course of 27 innings.
The D-backs only allowed four runs to the Blue Jays over the three games. However, only three of those runs were earned, giving Arizona’s pitching staff a combined 1.00 ERA over the course of the series. Ten different pitchers were used by Torey Lovullo, with Archie Bradley being the only hurler to make two appearances. Merrill Kelly, Zack Greinke and Robbie Ray were able to give the team seven, six and 6.2 innings, respectively, for a total of 19.2, leaving only 7.1 for the bullpen.
The Blue Jays were only able to muster a collective .177 batting average against the D-backs. Arizona pitching only allowed 17 hits in 96 at-bats in Toronto. The Blue Jays were also only able to combine for a .063 average with runners in scoring position, going a measly 1-for-16. That lack of timely hitting resulted in 17 runners being left on the base.
The Diamondbacks will head to Philidelphia to take on the Phillies in a three-game series before wrapping up the road trip with a four-game series against the Washington Nationals.