Fresh off two series wins against the Los Angeles Dodgers and Colorado Rockies, the Arizona Diamondbacks continued their hot start to the 2018 by taking two of three games on the road against the St. Louis Cardinals.

With a 7-2 overall record, Arizona sits atop the NL West division ahead of a three-game set against the Giants in San Francisco.

Let’s recap how the D-backs fared in The Gateway City.

GAME 1

Robbie Ray took the hill for Arizona against veteran Adam Wainwright and had the upper hand for the majority of the outing.

“Effectively wild” may be the best way to describe Ray’s outing. Although he struck out nine Cardinals across six innings of work, he also allowed five walks. Fortunately for him, Wainwright couldn’t make it out of the fourth inning after allowing three runs on four hits and three walks of his own.

Neither bullpen surrendered any runs, and it was the D-backs who wound up coming away with the 3-1 win Thursday night.

GAME 2

Needing a bounce-back performance, St. Louis’ Mike Matheny turned to Michael Wacha, who answered the call against Zack Greinke fairly effectively.

Wacha went five solid innings and was backed by strong offensive efforts from the four-five-six hitters in St. Louis’ order. Marcell Ozuna, Jose Martinez and Yadier Molina each had multi-hit games.

Greinke also pitched five innings but struggled to consistently get outs en route to allowing five earned runs.

A.J. Pollock and Chris Owings led the D-backs’ offense, but it wasn’t enough to overcome Wacha and the Cardinals’ bullpen.

Bud Norris saved the 5-3 win by striking out the side in the ninth inning.

GAME 3

The rubber match of the series on Sunday followed much of the narrative of the rest of the series – a close game that came down to timely hitting in the later innings. There was a bit of a twist, however.

Arizona’s manager Torey Lovullo was ejected in the second inning for arguing balls and strikes. It grabbed national attention because of Molina’s involvement. Lovullo appeared to call out Molina’s pitch framing, and Molina didn’t take kindly to it.

Aside from the early scuffle, the moved along at a good clip thanks to Taijuan Walker and Luke Weaver.

Both pitchers dealt through six innings, and Weaver pitched into the seventh. The game was knotted at one until David Peralta’s go-ahead, two-run home run snuck over right-center field wall, and Pollock launched a solo shot to extend the lead to 4-1.

Archie Bradley and Brad Boxberger proceeded to shut to door in the eighth and ninth innings, respectively, to lock down the D-backs’ seventh win of the year and third consecutive series victory.

NEXT SERIES: @ San Francisco Giants, April 9-11

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Wednesday: 12:45 p.m. MST

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Content Creator at Armchair Arizona Diamondbacks , The Armchair All-Americans, LLC
I have loved baseball my entire life. From the time I was four years old and my uncle introduced me to Sammy Sosa and the Chicago Cubs to now, baseball has occupied my thinking every day for the past 15 years of my life. Although I don’t play anymore, writing allows me to stay connected with the game I love and provide insight to and spark discussions with others who love the game as much as I do. As for my fandom, I grew up a Cubs fan watching them on WGN and praying for the year when they’d finally break through and win the elusive World Series. November 2, 2016 will go down as one of the best days of my life. Everything is right in the world when pitchers and catchers report to Arizona and Florida in mid-February.
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Content Creator at Armchair Arizona Diamondbacks , The Armchair All-Americans, LLC
I have loved baseball my entire life. From the time I was four years old and my uncle introduced me to Sammy Sosa and the Chicago Cubs to now, baseball has occupied my thinking every day for the past 15 years of my life. Although I don’t play anymore, writing allows me to stay connected with the game I love and provide insight to and spark discussions with others who love the game as much as I do. As for my fandom, I grew up a Cubs fan watching them on WGN and praying for the year when they’d finally break through and win the elusive World Series. November 2, 2016 will go down as one of the best days of my life. Everything is right in the world when pitchers and catchers report to Arizona and Florida in mid-February.

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