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Diamondbacks eyeing to capitalise on erratic Pirates

The Diamondbacks are hoping to capitalise on errors against Pirates just as they did on Tuesday when they won 13-8.

13/06/2018 - 15:30 -

Arizona Diamondbacks Nick Ahmed (R) is greeted by Arizona Diamondbacks David Peralta (L) of Venezuela after hitting a solo home run off Oakland Athletics
Arizona Diamondbacks will be looking to sweep Pittsburgh Pirates away when they clash in the Major League Baseball on Wednesday.

The Diamondbacks are hoping to capitalise on errors against Pirates just as they did on Tuesday when they won 13-8.

The D'backs did it again Tuesday, when they took advantage of three throwing errors in a six-run first inning for the impetus needed for a 13-8 victory over the Pirates at Chase Field. 

Meanwhile, three times in their last four games, Arizona has made an opponent  pay for a blunder here or a miscue there, but will need to be disciplined on Wednesday.

With the game remaining undecided until Jon Jay’s three-run homer in the seventh inning, the decisive first inning helped them build an 8-0 lead.

“Those are some of the characteristics of a good team, that when they sniff a little blood, they are going to go out there and execute,” Arizona manager Torey Lovullo said. 

“When you get second chances in this game, you have to take advantage. Our guys are ready for that.

“We talk about them (opponents) being in their most vulnerable state when they are making mistakes, and we have to be ready. 

“It’s not a good feeling when you are on the (other) side of it and it is not going well. But when you are executing and fighting back a little bit, it is very gratifying.”

Although Arizona’s right-hander Zack Greinke has lost only one of his last 25 starts at Chase Field, he will oppose Pirates right-hander Jameson Taillon in the final game of the series Wednesday.

For the Pirates, they have lost eight straight series and a failure to execute has severely hurt them in the first two games of this series. 

They blew a 5-0 lead entering the seventh inning in a 9-5 loss Monday, when the Diamondbacks combined timely hitting and extra benefits, including hit batter, an infield error, two wild pitches and a balk.

“We didn’t handle the ball like we needed to handle the ball,” Pittsburgh manager Clint Hurdle said. 

“We weren’t able to execute defensively the way we needed to execute defensively. We’ve got work to do. We are not playing at the level we are capable of playing.”

Arizona scored six runs in the eighth inning of a 12-7 victory at Colorado on Saturday, capitalising on a double-error by reliever Bryan Shaw early in the inning. Only one of those six runs was earned.

On the other hand, the Diamondbacks have scored 51 runs in their five-game winning streak, with heavy contributions from Paul Goldschmidt and Marte. 

Goldschmidt is hitting .477 with five homers and 12 RBIs in the last 11 games, with six multi-hit games. Marte is hitting .389 with 11 extra-base hits and 11 RBIs in the last 11. 

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