Gallen, Carroll Lead Diamondbacks to Shutout Victory over Cardinals

Gallen, Carroll Lead Diamondbacks to Shutout Victory over Cardinals

Zac Gallen’s stellar outing and Corbin Carroll’s timely hit propelled the Arizona Diamondbacks to a 5-0 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday. Gallen, a former Cardinals draft pick, showcased his dominance over six innings, allowing only four hits and two walks while striking out seven batters.

In the pivotal fifth inning, the Diamondbacks offense came alive. Christian Walker’s single and Joc Pederson’s double set the stage for Jace Peterson’s sacrifice fly, which brought in the first run. Jake McCarthy’s double scored Pederson, and after two walks loaded the bases, Carroll delivered a two-run single off Andre Pallante. A wild pitch by Pallante allowed the fifth run to score.

Miles Mikolas, the Cardinals’ starter, had a solid outing through four innings but faltered in the fifth, allowing all five runs. Joe Mantiply and Bryce Jarvis combined for three hitless innings to complete the shutout for Gallen.

The Diamondbacks’ victory was marred by a near-collision between Carroll and McCarthy in the sixth inning. As they chased Willson Contreras’ drive to the wall, Carroll appeared to trip over McCarthy and fell hard to the ground. However, he remained in the game.

Before the game, Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo announced that left-hander Jordan Montgomery is on track to make his season debut soon. Montgomery, a free agent signing, had a rough outing in his Triple-A start, but Lovullo remains optimistic about his return.

The Cardinals, meanwhile, are set to begin a three-game series against the Oakland Athletics on Monday, with former A’s pitcher Sonny Gray taking the mound. The Diamondbacks will open a three-game series against the Chicago Cubs at Chase Field, with Merrill Kelly starting for Arizona.

Diamondbacks Crush Rockies with Record-Breaking 14-Run Inning

Diamondbacks Crush Rockies with Record-Breaking 14-Run Inning

The Arizona Diamondbacks made a resounding statement on opening day, obliterating the Colorado Rockies 16-1 in a historic offensive outburst. Lourdes Gurriel Jr. led the charge with five RBIs and three hits, including a two-run homer.

The Diamondbacks’ 14-run third inning was a franchise record and the most in an opening day inning for any team since 1900. Arizona sent 18 batters to the plate, collecting 13 hits, two walks, and a sacrifice fly. Remarkably, they did not hit a single home run during the inning.

Ketel Marte, Gurriel, Christian Walker, Gabriel Moreno, and Geraldo Perdomo all contributed with multiple hits. Corbin Carroll drew two walks, while Blaze Alexander notched his first major league hit with a single that drove in the 14th run.

The offensive explosion broke franchise records for most hits, runs, and batters in a single inning. It took the Rockies 34 minutes to record three outs.

Arizona ace Zac Gallen pitched five solid innings, allowing only one run on three hits. He was aided by stellar defensive plays from third baseman Eugenio Suarez and center fielder Alek Thomas, who snuffed out potential scoring opportunities for the Rockies.

Colorado’s Kyle Freeland bore the brunt of the damage in the third inning, surrendering 10 earned runs on 10 hits and a walk in just 2 1/3 innings. It was Freeland’s third opening day start for the Rockies, tying him with Germán Márquez for the most in franchise history.

Ryan McMahon provided some offense for the Rockies with two hits, including an RBI double in the second inning.

The Diamondbacks’ victory was a resounding start to their title defense, while the Rockies will look to regroup and avoid a similar fate in their next outing.

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