Sedona Red Recap: Tomas, Weeks power D-backs to big win over Mets
The fact it took five months for the Arizona Diamondbacks to secure their first winning homestand is not important.
Neither is the fact that the homestand lasted only three games.
Those are mere footnotes to the offensive firepower showcased by Yasmany Tomas and Rickie Weeks Jr. as the two combined to drive in 11 runs in the D-backs 13-5 series-clinching victory over the New York Mets before an announced crowd of 18.469 at Chase Field on Wednesday.
The 13 runs are the most the D-backs have scored in more than a year.
Tomas and Weeks each homered twice, plus Tomas added a two-run triple, his first three-bag hit of the season.
Tomas hit a solo home run in the fourth and a three-run home run in the eighth. The former followed Weeks two-run shot, marking the fourth time this season the D-backs hit back-to-back home runs.
Weeks also had a three-run home run, helping him match his career-high of five RBI.
Tomas’ six RBI set a career-high.
In addition to their five hits and 11 RBI, Tomas and Weeks combined to score six runs.
It was more than enough run support for starter Zack Godley, who in his return to the rotation pitched a career-high 7.1 innings, allowing two runs on five hits with two walks and four strikeouts. He also recorded a base hit, only his second of the season.
Godley (4-2) earned his first win since July 24. Jonathan Niese (8-7) was saddled with the loss.
The D-backs finished 5-1 against the Mets this season.
On July 23, Tomas had 13 home runs. He now has 25. He hit his 11th and 12th homers over his past 19 games four innings apart. The first came three pitches after Weeks went deep in the fourth. The second, hit to straightaway center field, plated three runs in the eighth. Tomas has now homered in three consecutive games for the second time this season (also: Aug. 2-5), thus becoming one of nine players in team history to have multiple streaks of three or more games with a home run in a single season. Out of Tomas’ last 12 hits, eight have been home runs.
It had been three years since Weeks had recorded a multi-homer game. The drought ended with his three-run shot in the fifth inning to put the D-backs ahead, 6-1; coming on the heels of a two-run shot in the inning prior. The latter was a 2-2 pitch, while the former was a first-pitch offering from reliever Erik Goeddel. Both home runs landed several rows deep in left field. The last time Weeks hit two homers in a game was July 25, 2013 against the Cubs while with the Brewers. He’s hitting .333 (26-for-78) with seven home runs and 17 RBI in his past 22 starts.
Not only were they his fifth and sixth hits of the homestand, they were also the 801st and 802nd of Paul Goldschmidt’s career, who went 2-for-2 with three walks. Goldschmidt entered the game as one of only three players in major league history with 800 hits, 192 doubles, 134 home runs, 486 RBI and 444 walks through their first 738 career games. The other two players to hit those minimums are Hall of Famers Lou Gehrig and Ted Williams. Goldschmidt finished the homestand 6-for-8 (.750) with five walks. He’s hitting .353 (18-for-51) over his past 14 games.
The pitch bounced about a foot in front of catcher Tuffy Gosewisch, who got the start on his 33rd birthday, and traveled all the way to the backstop, allowing Jose Reyes to score easily from third base for the Mets first run, just four batters into the ballgame. The wild pitch was Godley’s third of the season. Reyes had reached on a leadoff single to right field and advanced to third on a pair of groundouts.
Through the first three innings, D-backs hitters struck out five times, including twice by Mitch Haniger, who batted in the two-hole one night after his major league debut when he hit seventh. Niese struck out the side in the third. Godley went down swinging, while Jean Segura and Haniger were both rung up by home plate umpire Chad Fairchild. Niese finished with six strikeouts, a season-high as a Met.
About that saying in baseball that no lead is safe. It certainly fits the D-backs here in 2016.. Called upon to pitch the ninth inning and nail down the 13-2 win, Dominic Leone proceeded to allow three runs on four hits, including home runs by Curtis Granderson and Rene Rivera. Leone retired one of the six batters he faced, and he has now been scored upon in seven of nine games (12 ER in 9.2 IP).
STAT OF THE GAME
1: The D-backs recorded their first winning homestand on their ninth try this season
It’s the second time in D-backs history two players had five or more RBI in the same game.
Tomas has a major-league high seven multi-homer games, the second-most in team history.
Brandon Drury made his first start at third base since July 28 as Jake Lamb got the day off.
Michael Bourn didn’t get the start despite batting .360 (9-for-25) in his career against Niese.
Wearing their red alternate uniforms with black gradient “A” cap, the D-backs are now 9-17.
With a first pitch temperature of 106 degrees, the roof and panels were closed for the game.
The D-backs didn’t take on-field batting practice, choosing to use the indoor batting cages.
Olympic gold medalist (tennis) Bethanie Mattek-Sands threw out the ceremonial first pitch.
International recording artist and Glendale resident CeCe Peniston sang the national anthem.
It’s on to San Diego.
Following the game, the D-backs boarded a plane and headed to Southern California, where they’ll play a four-game set against the Padres, beginning Thursday, Aug. 18. First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 with pregame coverage beginning 40 minutes earlier on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM.
The series opener pits a pair of right-handers, Archie Bradley and Paul Clemens.
It’s the third time this season Bradley will face the Padres. He beat them on May 29 and then lost the matchup on July 4; both games at Chase Field.
Bradley (4-8) is 0-2 in his last three starts, and he has just one win — July 27 at Milwaukee — over his past 10 starts.
In his most recent appearance, Bradley went 5.1 innings, giving up six runs, four earned, on seven hits, including a pair of home runs, with two walks and four strikeouts in a 6-3 loss at Boston.
Meanwhile, Clemens (2-2) will be making his fourth straight start for the Padres.
Claimed off waivers on July 1, Clemens earned his first win as a Padre in his last outing against the Mets, working five innings with three runs allowed on five hits and three walks while striking out three in the team’s 8-6 victory.
Clemens began the season in the Marlins organization.
The D-backs are 5-4 against the Padres this season and 2-1 at Petco Park.