ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS

By the numbers: D-backs win over Blue Jays is both odd and impressive

Jun 21, 2016, 9:35 PM | Updated: 9:40 pm

Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Patrick Corbin (46) works against the Toronto Blue Jays durin...

Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Patrick Corbin (46) works against the Toronto Blue Jays during the first inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, June 21, 2016, in Toronto. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)

(Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)

Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale might grit his teeth at his team churning out three hits Tuesday against the Toronto Blue Jays.

That it was a 4-2 win for Arizona’s fifth victory in a row, however, made it easier to swallow.

“We’d like to see the ball put in play a little more,” Hale told FOX Sports Arizona. “We’ll take it. I didn’t realize it ’til I looked up in the seventh and it was only three hits? I had to check my card.”

Hale may not have eyed the scoreboard close enough until that point because his D-backs never trailed, but how Arizona found itself with any lead against a red-hot Toronto team was a combination of fine pitching from starter Patrick Corbin and timely — if rare — hits from some of the lesser-known characters on the roster.

Here’s how the Diamondbacks pulled off a grinding game, by the numbers.

105

How hot were the Blue Jays’ bats? Toronto finished the evening with 105 RBI through its last 18 games. Those June outings have produced the second-most RBI this month. The Blue Jays also are second in the majors with 35 homers in June.

3

The total number of D-backs hits for the game. Yes, Arizona pulled four runs out of a hat. First, Jean Segura stole second after being walked and was knocked home with a third-inning, two-out single by backup catcher Chris Herrmann. Then in the fourth frame, Yasmany Tomas homered for a two-run shot following a Rickie Weeks walk, and Peter O’Brien walloped a solo homer off the foul pole for insurance in the seventh.

.515

While O’Brien’s .152 average through 10 games is cringe-worthy, his slugging percentage of .515 ranks third on the team, behind Jake Lamb (.556) and Herrmann (.536). While it’s a small sample size, it’s still odd O’Brien has recorded four home runs on his five hits. Had Toronto outfielder Kevin Pillar not done this, O’Brien would have added another hit to his outing.

11

Blue Jays starting pitcher Marco Estrada set an MLB record, becoming the first to hold opponents to five or fewer hits and pitch six or more frames in 11 straight starts. He left the game after six innings due to a back injury.

0-of-8

Arizona’s two best sluggers on the year didn’t have it going Tuesday. Jake Lamb and Paul Goldschmidt each failed to reach base. Lamb struck out all four at-bats and Goldschmidt did so twice. They combined to leave three men on base.

13

It’s the end of a streak. Goldschmidt’s hitting streak was clipped at 13 games. Those games were impressive.

8

Corbin allowed all eight hits by the Jays, but he limited Toronto to two earned runs in the fourth inning. Corbin went 6.1 innings with three walks and three strikeouts.

1

Reliever Daniel Hudson recorded his first save of the season, closing out a fine night from the Arizona bullpen that included 0.2 innings from Jake Barrett after he inherited two runners from Corbin and a full inning from Tyler Clippard.

Arizona Diamondbacks

Druw Jones #6 of the Arizona Diamondbacks awaits a pitch during the second inning of the All-Star F...

Arizona Sports

D-backs prospects Druw Jones, Deyvison De Los Santos record RBIs as NL wins All-Star Futures game

Diamondbacks prospects Druw Jones and Deyvison De Los Santos record RBIs in National League's 6-1 win in All-Star Futures game.

1 hour ago

Malcolm Moore...

Arizona Sports

2024 MLB Draft preview: How to watch and prospects the Diamondbacks could target

The 2024 MLB Draft gets underway in Fort Worth, Texas on Sunday. Here's a guide of how to watch and who the Diamondbacks could select.

5 hours ago

Yilber Diaz...

Alex Weiner

D-backs’ Yilber Diaz overcomes tremendous odds for MLB dream; ‘You can make a movie out of it’

Diamondbacks prospect Yilber Diaz washed windshields in Peru before receiving a break that would land him in MLB.

7 hours ago

Eugenio Suárez #28 of the Arizona Diamondbacks reacts after hitting a solo home run against the At...

Bailey Leasure

Torey Lovullo: Eugenio Suarez told me ‘I’m going to be your guy’

Arizona Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said he never lost confidence in third baseman Eugenio Suarez despite his struggles this season.

8 hours ago

Justin Martinez #63 of the Arizona Diamondbacks pours water on Geraldo Perdomo #2 after Perdomo hit...

Alex Weiner

Diamondbacks’ Geraldo Perdomo hits walk-off sac fly to beat Blue Jays

The Arizona Diamondbacks walked off the Toronto Blue Jays 5-4 on a Geraldo Perdomo sacrifice fly to score Corbin Carroll on Friday.

22 hours ago

Starting pitcher Brandon Pfaadt #32 of the Arizona Diamondbacks pitches against the Atlanta Braves ...

Bailey Leasure

D-backs’ Brandon Pfaadt says postseason experience set him up for success this season

Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Brandon Pfaadt joined Wolf & Luke to discuss how his 2024 season has gone so far.

23 hours ago

By the numbers: D-backs win over Blue Jays is both odd and impressive