The Miami Marlins came into Chase Field hoping to get their record one game closer to .500, but the Arizona Diamondbacks quickly dashed those aspirations Monday evening.
Marlins starter Tom Koehler struggled mightily against Arizona. The 28-year-old right-hander walked two in the first inning but kept the D-backs scoreless, but that’s about as quiet as Kirk Gibson’s club would be.
Arizona pummeled Koehler to the tune of five runs in the second frame. Martin Prado opened it up with a solo home run, and David Peralta and Miguel Montero both had two-run doubles before Koehler got out of the inning.
The Marlins starter was pulled early in the fourth inning, with two more runs attributed to him, and the D-backs would pile on a couple more before it was all said and done, with Arizona starter Chase Anderson having a solid evening on the other side. The Diamondbacks won by a final of 9-1.
Miami fell to 43-46 (third in the NL East) with the loss, while Arizona won its second straight, improving to 38-53 and rising out of the NL West cellar.
Here’s a look at Monday’s blowout by the numbers:
Prado’s shot to left field in the second inning was his fourth home run of the season, and his first at Chase Field since May 28 against San Diego. His season-best home run total is 15 (2010 with Atlanta). The third baseman extended his hitting streak to seven games with the solo shot.
Despite Arizona’s struggles this year, the team sure knows how to put together some offense in a hurry. When the D-backs scored five in the second inning, it marked the eighth time they’ve reached or surpassed that feat this season. That’s exactly how many times the team reached the mark in all of 2013, when they went 81-81.
Arizona has had good luck against the Marlins of late. With Monday’s win, the D-backs have won six of their last seven home games against Miami, while being 7-2 overall over the last nine meetings.
A whopping seven of the Diamondbacks’ 11 hits in the contest went for extra bases, including two triples (Peralta, Didi Gregorius) and Prado’s homer. The seven extra-base hits — tied for second-most in a D-backs game this season — came from six batters, with Peralta getting his sixth double of the year in addition to his first triple. The 26-year-old had three RBI in the game and is now batting .331.
Anderson struck out eight and allowed seven hits and one earned run in 6.0 innings, all while improving his record to 6-4. The rookie’s eight strikeouts tied his career high, which he first accomplished on June 8 against Atlanta.
All-Star first baseman Paul Goldschmidt hit safely two times in three at-bats, with one double, one walk, one RBI and two runs scored. His double was his 33rd of the season, which leads the Majors and is a new Diamondbacks pre-All-Star Break record, beating the 32 hit by Luis Gonzalez in 2003).
At least we’re not in last place: With Monday’s win taking Arizona’s winning percentage to .418, the Diamondbacks now have Houston (37-54, .407) and Colorado (37-53, .411) looking up at them when it comes to the worst records in baseball.