Friday -- D-backs 5, Cubs 4: Ahmed delivers walk-off hit in 13th. Saturday -- Cubs 9, D-backs 6; Rizzo puts an end to D-backs win streak. Sunday -- RHP Jeremy Hellickson (1-3, 5.52) vs. RHP Jason Hammel (3-1, 2.70), 12:30 p.m., FOX Sports Arizona.
Tomas turning it on
Yasmany Tomas is among the hottest hitters in the league since Saturday, when he hit his first major league home run against Philadelphia. Tomas will take a streak of six consecutive multiple-hit games into the Cubs' series. Tomas schmoozed with Cuban Hall of Famer Tony Perez while in Miami and maybe something rubbed off. With Cincinnati in 1973, Perez had 11 straight multi-hit games, which SABR (Society for American Baseball Research) believes to be the longest streak since 1935.
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Let us count the ways A.J. Pollock tormented Miami during the D-backs' four-game sweep. First, Pollock hit a two-run, pinch-hit homer in the eighth inning of a 4-2 victory Tuesday. He had three hits, three stolen bases and four runs Wednesday, including a steal of home, and added another multi-hit game Thursday. He is hitting .328 with three homers and five steals since May 6.
Running toward a record
With 37 stolen bases, the D-backs are on pace to set a franchise season record after they stole eight in the final two games against Miami. Tony Womack had 72 steals when the 1999 team swiped a record 137, but this group has more options. A.J Pollock (nine), Paul Goldschmidt (six) and Chris Owings (five) and Ender Inciarte (five) are in the top 23 in the NL.
Cubbies coming on
The Cubs' redo has extended from Wrigley Field to the manager's office to the youngish roster, and it has them smelling like a contender. Despite his two-week delay of his debut, early NL Rookie of the Year favorite third baseman Kris Bryant leads the team with 27 RBI. Newcomer Jon Lester is beginning to settle into a rhythm and manager Joe Maddon brought winning -- and dress-up day -- from Tampa Bay to the North side. Cubs players wore Blackhawks sweaters on a recent road trip.