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D-backs look to feast again on Braves bullpen

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Atlanta Braves at Arizona Diamondbacks

  1. The Diamondbacks swept the Braves in their first series this season. However, the Braves won three of four in Arizona last year, hitting a combined eight home runs in the series.
  2. The Braves were swept by the Dodgers early this week, getting outscored 23-7 in the series. They allowed six home runs over the last two games of the series -- the Braves had allowed a combined six home runs in their previous eight games.
  3. Arizona beat Tampa Bay in 13 innings on Wednesday, 3-2, after blowing a 2-0 lead in the eighth inning. The Diamondbacks are now 5-9 when scoring three runs or fewer this season, tied with the Rays for the best record in MLB.
  4. Mike Soroka hasn't allowed more than one earned run in any of his first four starts this season. He allowed just three hits and zero earned runs in seven innings of work in his last start against Miami while picking up his third straight win.
  5. Christian Walker went 6-of-13 with two home runs in Arizona's first series against Atlanta. Through that series, Walker was slugging .683 with six homers. In the 16 games since then, he is slugging .477 with just one home run (April 22 at Pittsburgh).
  6. David Peralta went 3-for-5 yesterday against Tampa Bay, his fourth three-hit game of the season. Since June 1 of last season, Peralta is hitting .312, fourth best in the National League (minimum 500 PA).
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 5/9/2019 thru 5/12/2019

The Arizona Diamondbacks have won all four games this season against Atlanta, and their ability to hit against the Braves' bullpen is a big reason why.

When Arizona swept a three-game series in Atlanta in April, the Diamondbacks pounded Atlanta relievers for 11 runs on 14 hits and 10 walks in 10 innings.

It was more of the same Thursday night, when the D-backs rallied with a run in the ninth and another in the 10th, earning a 3-2 walk-off win on Ketel Marte's bloop single over a drawn-in infield.

The four-game series continues Friday night in Phoenix, when Arizona will send out ace Zack Greinke (5-1, 3.42 ERA) against Julio Teheran (2-4, 4.63). But no matter what happens with those two, the Diamondbacks will have confidence in the late innings.

David Peralta tied Thursday night's game at 2 with a solo home run off Luke Jackson with two outs in the ninth, and then the Diamondbacks got to A.J. Minter in the 10th with a walk and two singles.

"This was one of those emotional-push victories," Arizona manager Torey Lovullo said after Thursday night's game.

"You're down to your final out and you have your best player step up to the plate and do something special. Special players do special things at special times. And David came through in a huge way."

Arizona has won back-to-back extra-inning games, having won at the Tampa Bay Rays 3-2 in 13 innings on Wednesday. Closer Greg Holland gave up single runs in both of those games, but Lovullo said he is not worried.

"We feel very good about his outings," Lovullo said. "We know they have not been perfect, but minimal concern from me."

The Braves have lost four in a row to drop to 3-4 on a season-long 10-game road trip.

Jackson had not allowed a run in 14 consecutive appearances before giving up the home run to Peralta on a hanging breaking pitch.

"Threw a bad pitch. Wish I could take it back," he said. "Unfortunately, it cost us huge. Can't dwell on it. On to the next one. We're going to get out there and win some games."

That won't be easy against Greinke, the veteran right-hander who hasn't lost since the season opener. Arizona is 6-2 in his starts.

Greinke is 4-1 with a 2.91 ERA in 10 career starts against the Braves. Atlanta slugger Freddie Freeman hasn't had much success against Greinke, hitting .136 with no home runs and no RBIs in 22 at-bats.

Teheran is 4-1 with a 2.58 ERA in nine starts against the D-backs. He can draw on last season's success, when he went 1-0 in two starts, allowing two runs (one earned) in 12 1/3 innings.

Atlanta is nearing the end of a stretch in which it will play 20 games in 20 days. The Braves will have an off day after finishing the four-game series at Arizona on Sunday.

"This is what we prepare for. You know what you're getting into before the season starts," said Braves catcher Brian McCann. "Every team has to go through it. You have to be ready for the challenge."

Atlanta shortstop Dansby Swanson went 0-for-3 with a walk Thursday night to end his career-high 11-game hitting streak.

--Field Level Media

Updated May 10, 2019

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