PHOENIX, Arizona – August 05: Cole Calhoun # 56 of the Arizona Diamondbacks hits an RBI single during the fourth inning against the Houston Astros at Chase Field on August 5, 2020 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall / Getty Images)
PHOENIX – With the opening of the roof in the middle for the first time at Chase Field this year, the Arizona Diamondbacks evoked some energy for Ron Burgundy in Wednesday’s 14-7 victory over the Houston Astros.
Things quickly escalated.
He started with outfielder Cole Calhoun, who passed the field to the far corner of the right field without outs in the fourth inning. The liner hit the bottom of the wall and turned right toward the center near the pool, allowing it to circle the foundations for a two-way homer in the park.
It was a tidal wave that followed. The D-backs fought over the order, and then some, dropped nine goals and scored so many runs to take a 9-4 lead. How significant was that for a 3-8 baseball team, which averaged five in the MLB average (.1
It was the ninth time in history that Diamondbacks had nine runs in singles and a fifth shot with nine or more goals.
Vating against the asters included:
- One step at a time
- One walk
- Four singles, one of the most diverse shepherds
- Three couples
- One triple
- A home run of the sort inside the park
Thanks to a total of 14 recordings from Arizona, Kettel Marte, Cole Calhoun and Christian Walker recorded many hits during the frame. It was the 39th, 40th and 41st time that D-back recorded two hits in one inn.
AFTER THE FOURTH DECISION OF THE D-BACKS ROUND: https://t.co/EUgCMPaqpw pic.twitter.com/gle0EgotZ6
– Kevin Zimmerman (@KZimmermanAZ) August 6, 2020
Diamondbacks collided with two pitchers during the bottom of the fourth: right-hander Lance McCullers Jr. and liberator Nivaldo Rodriguez. McCullers left after 3.2 passes and was voiced for eight of the nine tracks. Rodriguez closed the frame and was marked for the final cycle.
In real time, half an inning took about 40 minutes.