D-backs beat Cubs behind J.D. Martinez
The D-backs took advantage of defensive miscues by the Cubs and added an inside-the-park home run by David Peralta in the eighth. The loss, combined with St. Louis’ 6-5 win over Milwaukee, dropped the Cubs into a tie with the Cardinals for first place in the National League Central. The D-backs moved into a tie with the Rockies for the top NL Wild Card spot, 4 1/2 games ahead of the Cubs and Cardinals.
Peralta’s inside-the-park homer
CHC@ARI: Peralta legs out an inside-the-park home run
David Peralta laces a ball off the top of the center-field wall and hustles all the way around the bases for an inside-the-park home run
Left-handers Jon Lester and Patrick Corbin were locked in a pitchers’ duel through five innings before Adam Rosales led off the sixth with an infield single. He moved to second on A.J. Pollock’s groundout, and the Cubs intentionally walked Paul Goldschmidt, who had a three-homer game last week at Wrigley Field, to set up the double play.
“I would do it again and again and again,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon said of walking Goldschmidt. “It was the right thing to do, and it just didn’t work.”
Forcing an opposing manager to make that decision is one of the reasons that Lovullo likes having Martinez batting behind Goldschmidt.
“It’s like the lesser of two evils, which one are you going to choose?” Lovullo said. “And they’re both very good hitters on top of being run producers. We feel like getting J.D. sitting right in back of Paul has lengthened our lineup and gives us a lot of versatility and a lot of different ways to score some runs.”
Corbin’s solid outing
CHC@ARI: Corbin tosses 6 2/3 scoreless innings
Patrick Corbin throws 6 2/3 innings of shutout ball against the Cubs, fanning eight and allowing five hits in the D-backs’ win
Martinez doubled to score Rosales, Goldschmidt then scored on a throwing error by Javier Baez and Brandon Drury capped the inning with a two-run double to left-center.
“We have to make that play at the plate — that’s routine,” Maddon said of Baez’s throw.
D-backs score on an error
CHC@ARI: Goldy scores on a throwing error
Ketel Marte hits a grounder to Javier Baez who throws the ball away, allowing Paul Goldschmidt to score to extend the D-backs’ lead
Lester (8-7) was saddled his first loss since July 9, while Corbin (9-11) snapped a two-game losing streak.
Kris Bryant knocked in both of the Cubs’ runs in the ninth off Fernando Rodney, who allowed four consecutive two-out singles. David Hernandez, another Trade Deadline acquisition for the D-backs, entered to record the final out and earn his second save of the year and first since returning to Arizona.
Bryant’s two-run single
CHC@ARI: Bryant drills a two-run single to center
Kris Bryant lines a two-run single to center field with two outs in the top of the 9th inning, getting the Cubs on the board
MOMENTS THAT MATTEREDStranded: The Cubs looked poised for a big fifth inning when Baez and Alex Avila led off with back-to-back singles and Lester sacrificed them up a base. Corbin, though, got Albert Almora Jr. to hit a grounder to short and Ketel Marte’s throw to the plate was just in time to get Baez. The Cubs challenged the call, but after a brief review it was confirmed. After a walk to Bryant loaded the bases, Anthony Rizzo hit a drive to right that Martinez caught in front of the wall for the final out.
“I think those are the focus moments that we expect out of our guys,” Lovullo said. “They go out and understand what they need to do in picking up teammates or picking themselves up to make pitches and Patrick did that all night tonight.”
Cubs lose challenge in the 5th
CHC@ARI: Baez ruled out at home, call confirmed
Javier Baez is ruled out at the plate and the Cubs challenge the call but after review, it is confirmed and Baez is out
Finally, a lead: The four-run sixth inning gave the D-backs their first lead since they led the Dodgers in the sixth inning Wednesday night. In between, the D-backs went 26 innings either tied or playing from behind.
“We had a really good game,” Peralta said. “We came back and and everything. I mean, they have one of the best pitchers in Lester, and to be able to score runs against him was pretty good.”
Drury’s two-run double
CHC@ARI: Drury plates two with a double in the 6th
Brandon Drury smashes a two-run double off the center-field wall, extending the D-backs’ lead to 4-0 in the bottom of the 6th inning
SOUND SMART WITH YOUR FRIENDSThe last time the Cubs allowed an inside-the-park home run was April 7, 2016, at Chase Field when Jean Segura did so. That also was when Kyle Schwarber tore two ligaments in his left knee when he collided with Dexter Fowler trying to catch the ball.
“It hit that crease,” Maddon said of Peralta’s homer. “It went into this like Bermuda triangle there. The good part about it is that Schwarber did not run into anyone. There’s a happy ending.” More >>
AFTER FURTHER REVIEWThe game ended when Ben Zobrist was called out on strikes, stranding two runners. The ball from Hernandez was low, and both Zobrist and Maddon talked to plate umpire Mark Wegner about it as the umpires walked off the field.
“I really believe Mark knows he messed it up,” Maddon said. “I thought he called a great game. I don’t think anybody feels worse than he does right now. It was a ball, obviously. I’m not going to rail on him. I think he’s a very good umpire.”
Hernandez earns his second save
CHC@ARI: Hernandez K’s Zobrist to tally the save
David Hernandez strikes out Ben Zobrist looking for the final out in the top of the 9th inning, tallying his second save of the year
Zobrist said he was “confused and shocked” about the call.
“I said, ‘What did we have on that?’ and [Wegner] said, ‘I had it for a strike,'” Zobrist said. “I said, ‘You can’t end the game on that.’ He goes, ‘I had it as a strike.'”
Zobrist has lobbied for an electronic strike zone for a couple of years but doesn’t expect any changes soon.
“Umpires are human beings, they’re going to make mistakes,” Zobrist said. “It’s a tough situation for that to happen. I think he’ll look at it and not be too happy either.”
WHAT’S NEXTCubs: Jake Arrieta will close the Cubs’ road trip on Sunday. The right-hander is coming off his fifth straight quality start, a win over the Giants. He’s 4-2 with a 2.18 ERA in seven starts since July 2. First pitch was scheduled for 3:10 p.m. CT from Chase Field.
D-backs: Zack Godley gets the start Sunday in the series finale at 1:10 p.m. MST. Godley has pitched well of late, going 2-0 with a 1.37 ERA over his past three starts. One of those starts came against the Cubs at Wrigley Field on Aug. 2, when he tossed six shutout innings. Preview >>
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This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.J.D. Martinez’s RBI double off the right-field wall helped key a four-run rally as the D-backs snapped a three-game losing streak with a 6-2 win over Jon Lester and the Cubs at Chase Field.