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D-Backs Pound Red Sox 15-8 In Home Opener

06 April 2019  
52 Zack Godley pitched very well, and picked up a pair of hits, as he got his first win of the season in the D-backs home opener. Photo by Ron Williams

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The Arizona Diamondbacks home opener 2019 could not have gone much better than it did, resulting in a 15-8 win over the Boston Red Sox. A sell out crowd of 48,338 were on hand to enjoy all the pregame festivities, that included a ceremonial first pitch by Arizona State mes basketball coach Bobby Hurley, Austin Burke singing the national Anthem, a flyover by 4 F-35s from the 309th Fighter Squadron from Luke Air Force Base, and awards presentation to D-back players Nick Ahmed, Zack Greinke, and David Peralta. The D-back coaching staff accepted the award for defensive team of the year.

The D-backs hit five home runs in the contest, two of those, including a grand slam by Ketel Marte. The Red Sox got on the board to go up 1-0 in the third, when Andrew Benintendi doubled in Blake Swihart. Arizona came back to tie in the bottom of the inning as David Peralta got the most out of his double play ball in scoring Zack Godley. Ketel Marte's first home run was a solo shot to right center for a 2-1 lead. Godley, who went 2-3 at the plate, helped his own cause by singling in Nick Ahmed to make it 3-1. Jarrod Dyson knocked in Alex Avila to increase the lead to 4-1. Edyuardo Escober knocked in  Godley for the final run in the fourth, giving the D-backs a 5-1 lead.

In the fifth, Adam Jones hit a 1-2 pitch over the left field fence, his 4th of the season, followed by Avila doubling in Ahmed, and the D-backs were up 7-1.

Boston made an attempt to cut into the Arizona lead in the top of the sixth, but left their chances on the bases. Godley pitched very well in earning his first win of the season, by going 5.2 innings, allowing one run on three hits, striking out five. Andrew Chafin got his feet wet at home, getting the final out in the sixth with the bases loaded. "Zack did a very good job in keeping a very offensive team in check," said Torey Lovullo.

The D-backs exploded for seven runs in the sixth to go up 14-1, four of those runs coming on Ketel Marte's grand slam. Ildemaro Vargas came up to pinch hit for Chafin and hit his first Arizona homer.

Matt Koch came in to pitch and had a quick seventh inning, but in the eighth the Red Sox roughed Koch up for four runs, capped off by a Mookie Betts homer. Alex Avila got one back in the eight with his second home run of the season to make it 15-5. Koch came back out in the ninth, but after giving up three more runs, including a Mitch Moreland home run, manager Torey Lovullo brought in Yoan Lopez to get the final two outs.

Lovullo said, "Its everything you kind of dream about on opening day. The runs kept coming. Its all about the players a fearlesly executing, and we did that tonight. We have a room of confident players."

The 2018 World Series Champions dropped to (2-7) on the young season, while the D-backs reached .500 at (4-4).

This is only the second time the Red Sox have ever played at Chase Field. The first was in June 2007. The D-backs will look to make it two in a row over Boston tonight, with Luke Weaver (0-1) 11.81 ERA, making his home debut vs. David Price (0-1) 6.00 ERA, at 5:10pm. Merrill Kelly (1-0) 5.40 ERA vs. Hector Velazquez (0-0) 4.76 ERA on Sunday at 1:10pm. Monday, the D-backs will get a day off before the Texas Rangers visit Chase Field for a two game series on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Innings-  123  456  789  -  R    H    E
Boston    001  000  043  -  8   12   1
Arizona    001  427  01x  - 15  18   0
WP: Godley (1-1)
LP: Porcello (0-2)
Ron Williams

Ron Williams is the advisor, broadcaster, and sportswriter for the BBN, Badger Broadcasting Network. The BBN is a community club for high school students enrolled in the Prescott Unified School District.