Maybe this was the Arizona Diamondbacks’ way of celebrating the hiring of Tony La Russa.
Whatever the case may be, the Diamondbacks finally punched back against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Having faced the Dodgers nine times with a 1-8 record entering Saturday night’s affair, all Arizona did was scatter 21 hits and score 18 runs en route to an 18-7 victory. What’s even more astounding is the fact that they chased Clayton Kershaw in the second inning of the game.
Slugging first baseman Paul Goldschmidt put an exclamation point on the offensive outburst with this deep home run to left field to plate the team’s 17th and 18th runs of the evening.
Look how happy John McCain is.
Such as these things go when it is still only May, the Diamondbacks will hope to turn this blowout victory into some momentum moving forward. At 17-28 on the season, they have a lot of work to do to dig themselves out of their early hole. That said, teams have overcome worse starts in the past and with so much season left, there might be reason for hope yet in Arizona. If not this season, then certainly in seasons to come now that La Russa has taken over.