Tuesday's 7-6 victory pushed the D-backs to 14 games over .500 at 40-26, and while they're still third in the NL West, they've crept within a half-game of first place -- currently shared by the Dodgers and Rockies. In the way-too-early wild-card watch, the D-backs are 7 games clear of the pack.
They're now 8-1 in interleague play. Paul Goldschmidt figures to be back at first base tonight after filling the designated hitter spot on Tuesday and contributing a home run among three hits. He had been 1 for 11 in his career as a DH prior to Tuesday.
Goldschmidt has back-to-back three-hit games, with a home run in each. In the month of June, he's hitting .432 (16 for 37) with 14 RBI in 11 games. All that means is that he's the second hottest hitter on the team. Brandon Drury has homered in three consecutive games and is 8 for 13 during his four-game hitting streak.
Walker is returning from the disabled list and making his first appearance since May 19, due to a blister on his pitching hand. He went on the disabled list after working six scoreless innings against the Padres, limiting them to two hits and three walks over six innings.
Walker has surrendered just four home runs in nine starts this season, a huge improvement from last season in Seattle, when he dished out 27 homers in 25 starts. He's made three career starts against Detroit while with the Mariners and has an 0-0 record and 8.71 ERA.
Torey Lovullo said that Randall Delgado will move back to the bullpen to accommodate Walker's return to the starting rotation. Zack Godley will remain in the rotation and start on Saturday in Philadelphia. Silvino Bracho was optioned to Triple-A Reno.
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Tigers starting pitcher Jordan Zimmermann (5-4, 5.72 ERA)
Zimmermann was moved up in the Detroit rotation to take Michael Fulmer's scheduled start. Fulmer is being given a couple of extra days off while dealing with shoulder bursitis.
Zimmermann has been a major disappointment since signing a five-year, $110 million contract in November 2015, but he's had quality starts in his last two outings -- limiting the Red Sox to six hits and two runs in six innings last Friday and holding the White Sox to seven hits and one run in the start before that.
Zimmermann's strikeout rate of 5.59 per nine innings is a career low and ranks 78th among 85 qualified pitchers. His home run rate of 2.26 per nine (17 in 67 2/3 innings) is fourth-highest among qualified pitchers.
He has made six career starts against Arizona -- all pitching for Washington, most recently in 2014 -- and is 2-2 against the D-backs with a 3.66 ERA.
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Chris Owings' sixth-inning throwing error led to five unearned runs on Tuesday night, and the D-backs also endured some misadventures from David Peralta in right field that contributed to the Tigers rallying from a 6-0 deficit to tie the score.
The shaky defense has been a worrisome season-long trend. They are tied for sixth in the majors for most unearned runs (27), ninth for most errors (43) and rank 19th in Defensive Runs Saved (minus 11).
Injured left fielder Yasmany Tomas (-7), third baseman Jake Lamb (-3) and second baseman Brandon Drury (-3) all rank near the bottom in Defensive Runs Saved at their positions.
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Fernando Rodney nailed down his 17th save in 20 opportunities on Tuesday night with a 1-2-3 ninth inning against the team he broke in with. His 17 saves are second in the NL to Colorado's Greg Holland.
Rodney's ERA still sits at 5.32, thanks to a couple of ugly blowups in April, but he hasn't surrendered an earned run since April 29 -- a span of 14 appearances and 13 2/3 innings. He's given up just two hits in 40 at-bats (an .050 average) since the calendar turned to May.
Archie Bradley got the win on Tuesday, continued his splendid work as Rodney's setup man. In his last 14 appearances, he's allowed six hits, three walks and one earned run in 12 1/3 innings.
Lefty Andrew Chafin has been equally brilliant in his role. Dating back to the start of May, he has made 17 appearances, limiting opponents to 10 hits, four walks and two earned runs in 15 1/3 innings and striking out 26.