Brandon Pfad’s highly anticipated major league debut had some rough patches, but the offense more than compensated, as arizona diamondbacks beat the host Texas Rangers Wednesday 12-7 in Arlington, Texas
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The win broke a two-game losing streak for diamondbackswho were led by Christian Walker’s two home runs and five RBI
Pfaadt, a touted pitching prospect, went 4 2/3 innings and allowed nine hits—four of which were home runs—and seven runs. However, Arizona’s four relievers combined to pitch four scoreless innings. Joe Mentally (1-0) got the win.
Texas starter Andrew Heaney allowed six runs on four hits and five strikeouts over 4 2/3 innings. Josh Soborz (0-1) was tagged for the loss after giving up three runs on two hits and walking 1 1/3 innings in relief.
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With two outs in the third, Lourdes Gurril Jr. drew a walk putting runners on first and second. Walker followed with a three-run homer to give Arizona a 3–1 lead.
Josh Jung rangers‘ deficit 3-2
Heaney’s day ended with a three-run fifth for Arizona. Keitel Marte gave up a two-run homer, immediately followed by Walker’s second home run of the afternoon, once again with two outs.
Pfaadt’s outing ended in a similar manner in the bottom of the inning, as rangers Took a 7-6 lead on the score of five runs
Leoni Taveras led off with a home run and Travis Janikowski’s RBI double scored off Sandy Leon. After Nathaniel Lowe’s single moved Janikowski to third, Edolis Garcia brought him home on a sacrifice fly. Jung then sent a pitch from Pfaadt over the left-center field wall for a two-run homer, giving Texas a 7–6 advantage.
The lead soon evaporated, as Arizona took the lead in the seventh.
Arizona kept the score at seven when Emmanuel Rivera’s single scored Corbin Carroll from second. The D-Backs took the lead on Walker’s bases-loaded walk. That was the curtain call for Soborz.
Josh Leclerc pitched in relief, handing up a sacrifice fly to Josh Rojas and an RBI single to Dominique Fletcher, as Arizona turned the tide and took a four-run lead.
Guriel’s home run in the eighth capped off the scoring.
– Field Level Media