MLB Baseball

Final 1 2 3   4 5 6   7 8 9   R H E
Arizona1 1 0 0 0 0 7 1 1 11111
Detroit0 1 0 0 0 1 1 1 2 6112
  W: M. Kelly (8-3)   L: M. Lorenzen (2-3)
3:40 PM PT4:40 PM MT5:40 PM CT6:40 PM ET18:40 ET22:40 GMT6:40 3:40 PM MST5:40 PM EST6:10 PM VEN2:40 UAE (+1)4:40 PM CT, June 9, 2023
Comerica Park, Detroit, Michigan  Attendance: 19,664

After smoky day off, Diamondbacks head for Detroit

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Arizona Diamondbacks at Detroit Tigers

  1. Detroit took two of three at Chase Field last June, with the Diamondbacks taking an 11-7 win in the series finale. Arizona has won nine of the 17 all-time meetings at Comerica Park, including both games of a two-game set there in 2017 -- former Tiger Fernando Rodney earned the save in each game.
  2. Arizona took the first two games of a three-game set in Washington before Thursday's finale was postponed. The Diamondbacks are hitting .263 this season -- third in the NL (Braves: .265; Nationals: .263) -- after batting .230 last season; their 33-point increase is the second-largest improvement in MLB (Rangers, +.038).
  3. Corbin Carroll had four hits and three runs in Wednesday's win over the Nationals and has seven hits and six runs over his last three games. Carroll ranks second among qualified rookies with a .300 average (Masataka Yoshida, .315) and leads that group with a .541 slugging percentage.
  4. Zac Gallen is 6-0 with a 0.96 ERA and .198 opponent average at home, but 1-2 with a 5.40 ERA and .271 opponent average in his six road starts. He has just one quality start on the road this season (April 16 at Miami), while all seven of his home starts have been quality starts.
  5. Detroit was swept in three games in Philadelphia and has now lost six straight to begin the month of June. Tigers' hitters are batting just .019 (1/53) in the first three innings of games so far this month.
  6. Michael Lorenzen has allowed just two hits in each of his last two starts (6.2 innings and 7.0 innings) and has a career-best 0.99 WHIP this season. The veteran has a career 0.71 ERA in eight appearances (12.2 innings) against Arizona, all of which came as a reliever.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 6/9/2023 thru 6/11/2023

The streaking Arizona Diamondbacks got an unscheduled break on Thursday.

They'll get back into action when they visit Detroit for a three-game weekend series, which begins Friday night.

Poor air quality forced the postponement of their game at Washington, D.C. Arizona took the first two games of what was supposed to be a three-game series. Overall, the Diamondbacks have won eight of their last 10 games.

In their latest contest, Arizona scored three first-inning runs and cruised to a 6-2 victory. The top three hitters in the lineup -- Ketel Marte, Corbin Carroll and Emmanuel Rivera -- combined for 10 hits, all six runs and four RBIs.

Marte set the table in the first inning with a double.

"I think we made a statement early," manager Torey Lovullo said. "Our guys were ready to counterpunch anything and Ketel, with that double into right-center field [to lead off the game], really made a statement that we're ready to go."

The team's table setter has scored 38 runs in 58 games. He also has supplied 24 extra-base hits and 25 RBIs.

"He is such an impact player," Lovullo said. "When he's drawing walks - which he's been doing for the past month - and slugging the baseball, he can just redirect the game in one swing. You have to take notice as to where he's at when you're game-planning against him."

Merrill Kelly (7-3, 2.80 ERA), who was scheduled to pitch Thursday, will now open the series against the Tigers. The veteran right-hander has won six of his last seven starts, with a no-decision in the other outing.

Kelly has been racking up strikeouts along the way, fanning 47 in his last six starts. He gave up two solo homers to Atlanta last Friday, but those were the only runs he surrendered in seven innings.

"Having Merrill on the mound with his stuff, his mindset, his mentality -- that dog mentality -- it's easy to feed off," first baseman Christian Walker said. "When your guy is out there, putting himself on the line and coming through in big moments, you have to get him runs."

Kelly is 0-1 with a 6.00 ERA in one start against Detroit.

Detroit starter Michael Lorenzen (2-2, 3.21 ERA) has posted five quality starts in his last six outings. He held the Chicago White Sox to one run and two hits in seven innings on Saturday. He is 2-0 with a 0.71 ERA in eight games (all in relief) vs. Arizona.

The injury-riddled Tigers have lost six straight, all on the road. Philadelphia starter Zack Wheeler took a no-hitter into the eighth inning on Thursday night. Tyler Nevin broke it up with a one-out single.

Detroit rallied to take a 2-1 lead in the ninth, only to blow it in the bottom of the frame in a 3-2 loss.

"We played well at the end," manager A.J. Hinch said. "They played better at the end, and they got the last crack at it."

The Tigers have scored just eight runs during the slide.

"It's tough love when it comes to that. It's not going to change," Hinch said of the losing streak. "We've got to get ourselves together and create a little bit more momentum on our side. We're a little beat up mentally and physically, but it's the big leagues. We need to find a way."

--Field Level Media

Updated June 9, 2023

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