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Goldy's big night not enough as SD walks off

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SAN DIEGO -- A big performance from Paul Goldschmidt and the top of the D-backs batting order was not enough Saturday night as the Padres won in a walk-off, 7-6, at Petco Park.

The loss snapped the D-backs' three-game winning streak, and combined with the second-place Rockies' win over the Braves, cut Arizona's lead to one-half game in the National League West.

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SAN DIEGO -- A big performance from Paul Goldschmidt and the top of the D-backs batting order was not enough Saturday night as the Padres won in a walk-off, 7-6, at Petco Park.

The loss snapped the D-backs' three-game winning streak, and combined with the second-place Rockies' win over the Braves, cut Arizona's lead to one-half game in the National League West.

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The D-backs are 4-4 with one game remaining on this three-city trip against all last-place teams.

"It's a tough loss to absorb, but we've done it before," D-backs manager Torey Lovullo said. "We can't reverse time and go back and change the outcome of this game. We've got to find a way to get the job done [Sunday]. That's what we're focused on."

It was a see-saw game from the start, with the D-backs handing leads of 3-0 and 5-3 to starter Zack Godley.

Video: ARI@SD: Pollock's sacrifice fly

"You have a 3-0 lead and Zack is throwing the ball extremely well and it seems like everything is moving in a very good direction," Lovullo said. "Just unfortunately he at times was lacking the putaway pitch that allowed some good hitters to get back in some counts and they made him pay for it."

After allowing three runs in the fourth, the wheels came off for Godley in the fifth as the Padres sent nine to the plate and scored three runs on five hits.

"I felt good the whole time," Godley said. "I just didn't make pitches when I needed to, and they got key hits when they needed to. It's just one of those things where all I can do is move on to the next one and look forward to coming back out and getting my next start."

Video: ARI@SD: Godley escapes bases-loaded jam with ricochet

Goldschmidt continued his tear of late, going 4-for-4 with a double and four RBIs.

While the road trip, which looked to be an opportunity to get some wins against struggling teams, may not be going as well as hoped, it's certainly not because of Goldschmidt, who is now 17-for-33 with four homers and 10 RBIs during it.

On May 22, Goldschmidt was hitting .198, but he's been on such a roll since that he's raised his average to .293.

"I mean Paul is Paul and it's almost amazing his average is getting close to .300," Lovullo said. "It's been a steady climb with consistent at-bats and just Paul doing the thing that he's done all his career."

Video: ARI@SD: Lovullo on frustrating loss to Padres

In the end, it was a ninth-inning broken-bat single by Christian Villanueva that proved to be the D-backs' undoing as it scored Travis Jankowski from second.

MOMENT THAT MATTERED
Leadoff walk: Villanueva had the game-winning hit, but it was the walk that Jankowski drew off Andrew Chafin that was the crucial plate appearance of the inning. Jankowski moved to second when Eric Hosmer bounced to first for the second out of the inning. It was the 10th time this year that Chafin has walked the first batter he's faced in a game.

"I thought I made some pretty good pitches but he wasn't biting on them," Chafin said of Jankowski. "Obviously, I've got to get a ball over the plate and get a strike. I'm trying to be aggressive. I'm trying to go right at the hitters. I'm trying to get 'em all out. I'm not trying to walk anybody. I'm not trying to pitch around anybody. I just wasn't able to put the ball where I wanted it."

SOUND SMART
Goldschmidt has reached base in nine consecutive plate appearances, which ties a club record. Overall, he's reached base safely in 24 straight games, a career high.

UP NEXT
The D-backs wrap up their four-game series with the Padres on Sunday afternoon with ace Zack Greinke (12-8, 3.00 ERA) on the mound at Petco Park. Since June 18, Greinke is 7-3 with a 1.99 ERA over 11 starts. Greinke has had a lot of success in his career against the Padres, going 11-2 with a 2.10 ERA in 21 starts. Right-hander Brett Kennedy (0-2, 11.00) will start for the Padres, with first pitch at 1:10 p.m. MST.

Steve Gilbert has covered the D-backs for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB.

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Who's leading the crowded NL MVP Award race?

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Who is in the running for the National League MVP Award? The better question might be, "Who isn't?"

While the foremost members of the American League MVP Award field are fairly well established (Mike Trout is having the best Mike Trout season, Jose Ramirez is putting up one of the great seasons by a third baseman in history and Mookie Betts is the central figure of a Red Sox team for the ages) the NL field seems to evolve by the hour. There is a cluster of similarly strong statistical cases on the position player side and even some brewing discussion about pitchers who could contend for the honor.

Who is in the running for the National League MVP Award? The better question might be, "Who isn't?"

While the foremost members of the American League MVP Award field are fairly well established (Mike Trout is having the best Mike Trout season, Jose Ramirez is putting up one of the great seasons by a third baseman in history and Mookie Betts is the central figure of a Red Sox team for the ages) the NL field seems to evolve by the hour. There is a cluster of similarly strong statistical cases on the position player side and even some brewing discussion about pitchers who could contend for the honor.

Six weeks from now, some uber-hot stretch by a particular player on a team sealing an October entry could make all of this moot, but for now, there are legit MVP arguments to be made in many markets. So here's one man's ranking of the NL MVP Award field, with a quick look at each guy's case.

(All stats are through Thursday.)


1. Matt Carpenter, Cardinals
.975 OPS (2nd), 162 OPS+ (1st), 157 wRC+ (1st), 5.3 bWAR (tied for 1st among position players), 5.0 fWAR (tied for 1st)
You know how many qualified NL players had a lower OPS than Carpenter's .558 mark as of May 15? Just two: Lewis Brinson (.529) and Carpenter's teammate Dexter Fowler (.551), neither of whom (spoiler alert) will be appearing on this list.

Video: WSH@STL: Carpenter rips go-ahead 3-run homer in 8th

So strictly within the context of 2018, this might be the most unlikely MVP Award case of them all. And it also might be the best. As you can see, I'm putting more emphasis on advanced offensive rate stats, but do note that Carp is leading in good old-fashioned dingers (33), too. And if storyline matters to you, he's powered the Cards back into contention in the second half.

Carpenter also makes his own salsa, which should be worth like 0.1 WAR, at least.

2. Freddie Freeman, Braves
.939 OPS (4th), 154 OPS+ (2nd), 150 wRC+ (2nd), 5.2 bWAR (3rd), 5.0 fWAR (tied for 1st)

There is nothing especially unusual about Freeman's 2018. Though his batting average has never been higher (and is tops in the NL) other more meaningful rate stats like OPS, OPS+ and wRC+ are darn near identical to his 2016 and '17 seasons (the latter of which, unfortunately, was truncated due to a broken left wrist).

Video: MIL@ATL: Freeman extends streak to 14 with a double

So it's not news that Freeman is awesome at baseball, but suddenly this season -- as a function of the Braves finally having a contending team around him -- he is a household name and prominent NL MVP Award pick. Though teammate Nick Markakis deserves some down-ballot love and Ronald Acuna Jr.'s importance becomes more pronounced by the day, Freeman probably deserves the top honor as much as anybody right now and can win it if he and Atlanta finish with a flourish.

3. Nolan Arenado, Rockies
.981 OPS (1st), 145 OPS+ (6th), 145 wRC+ (6th), 4.8 bWAR (tied for 4th), 5.0 fWAR (tied for 1st)

Arenado has finished in the top eight of the NL MVP Award voting each of the past three years, but he has never finished higher than fourth. There is a known bias against numbers accrued in Coors Field, and, anyway, Arenado wasn't helped by the fact that the Rockies' lone postseason appearance in his tenure was last year's second Wild Card slot, when his case was complicated by the historic leadoff production of teammate Charlie Blackmon (Arenado finished ahead of Blackmon but received one fewer first-place vote).

Video: COL@HOU: Arenado drills his 30th homer of the season

This year, Trevor Story's strong year could complicate things, though probably not to the degree that Blackmon did. The bigger issue might be the right shoulder injury Arenado has battled in recent days. But with the Rox deeply embroiled in the NL West race, Arenado is again a worthy candidate.

4. Javier Baez, Cubs
.896 OPS (7th), 130 OPS+ (13th), 132 wRC+ (tied for 13th), 4.8 bWAR (tied for 4th), 4.2 fWAR (tied for 5th)

Baez has been the most valuable everyday player on a first-place Cubs team, and his WAR total helps reflect the value of his defensive versatility and 19 steals.

Video: CHC@PIT: Baez makes sprawling stop in the 3rd

But Baez has a .325 on-base percentage that drags down his overall offensive profile relative to the rest of the league. The only time in the past 40 years that a position player won the MVP Award with an OBP below .350 was Andre Dawson in 1987. He, too, was a Cub, so maybe there's some cosmic symmetry there, but Baez would still appear to have his work cut out for him if the usual standards are applied here.

5. Paul Goldschmidt, D-backs
.920 OPS (6th), 137 OPS+ (9th), 145 wRC+ (5th), 4.1 bWAR (tied for 6th), 4.2 fWAR (tied for 5th)

Like Carpenter, Goldschmidt has asserted himself with an in-season surge (his OPS bottomed out at .675 on May 22), and he comes with the added pedigree of three prior top-three NL MVP Award finishes. This past year, his case fizzled when he played through a right elbow injury and had a miserable September (.555 OPS). This year, Goldy seems poised for a much more robust finish, and the D-backs could win the NL West.

Video: ARI@CIN: Goldschmidt homers in the 6th and 9th inning

Maybe Goldschmidt will finally get over the MVP Award hump, though teammate David Peralta might sap some of his vote strength.

6. (tied) Max Scherzer, Nationals; Jacob deGrom, Mets; and Aaron Nola, Phillies
Scherzer: 2.19 ERA (2nd), 0.88 WHIP (1st); deGrom: 1.81 ERA (1st), 0.97 WHIP (2nd); Nola: 2.28 ERA (3rd), 1.00 WHIP (3rd)

The stars don't always align for a pitcher to win the MVP Award, but this could be one of those years in the NL.

As you can tell from the length of this list, nobody on the position-player side is up and running away with this thing, and that could continue to be the case down the stretch. Voters are increasingly turning to WAR as a basis for their MVP Award argument, and as of this writing, these three hurlers all outpace every NL position player in bWAR (the same is true of Scherzer and deGrom in fWAR, though Nola is behind some position players -- as well as D-backs lefty Patrick Corbin -- in that FanGraphs calculation).

Video: WSH@CHC: Scherzer K's 11 over 7 shutout innings

Therefore (and without getting too deep into the statistical woods here), it is conceivable.

But unlike when Clayton Kershaw won the NL MVP Award in 2014 or Justin Verlander won the AL MVP Award in 2011, the Cy Young Award winner here is not clear-cut (both of those guys were unanimous Cy Young Award winners in those respective seasons). deGrom is outpacing Scherzer in ERA and adjusted ERA, but he has famously won just seven games. Scherzer could notch 20 wins and 300 strikeouts. Nola probably trails both of those guys in the Cy Young Award discussion, and yet, for those who place importance upon October entry, he might actually be more likely to garner MVP Award votes (the Phils don't have a legit MVP Award candidate on the position-player side).

Video: NYM@NYY: deGrom K's 12 over 6 2/3 stellar frames

So as if the position-player race for the NL MVP Award weren't confusing enough, here's another layer of complexity. Yes, a pitcher could win this MVP Award, but even if you get to the point where you're comfortable with that notion, you've still got to decide which pitcher. So I'd label it doubtful right now.

9. Lorenzo Cain, Brewers
.814 OPS (25th), 118 OPS+ (tied for 22nd), 123 wRC+ (tied for 19th), 5.3 bWAR (tied for 1st), 4.3 fWAR (4th)

Teammates Jesus Aguilar (.950 OPS, 149 OPS+) and Christian Yelich (.886 OPS, 3.6 fWAR) also have a case here. But Aguilar's WAR is dinged by his defensive positioning, and Yelich is an easy-to-underrate player who is good at pretty much everything but not superlative in any one category.

In the increasingly influential community of nerds (and I use the term lovingly), Cain's case seems to have the most traction. You can see here how he fares in the WAR tallies, and he's among the league leaders in average (.301), on-base percentage (.391) and steals (21), in addition to leading in defensive runs saved (17). But Cain's .423 slugging percentage would be the lowest for an MVP Award winner since the 1970s. How much should defensive value, which is so difficult to quantify correctly, matter in the MVP Award vote? Hard to say.

Video: Must C Catch: Cain robs HR to protect 1-0 lead in 7th

10. Eugenio Suarez, Reds
.930 OPS (5th), 147 OPS+ (5th), 145 wRC+ (tied for 5th), 3.8 bWAR (8th), 3.6 fWAR (tied for 9th)

This guy has been the best of the non-contending position players in the Senior Circuit (though that's actually a small pool, given how many NL teams are very much mathematically alive). While voters have finally softened the once-prominent stance that the MVP Award must come from a playoff club, Suarez has not attained the Trout-like transcendence required to overcome his club's well-south-of-.500 standing. Still, he's positioned himself in the conversation for a top-10 finish with a well-rounded campaign, as reflected in his rank in several key categories.

Video: CIN@WSH: Suarez launches a towering solo HR to left

Anthony Castrovince has been a reporter for MLB.com since 2004. Read his columns, listen to his podcast and follow him on Twitter at @Castrovince.

Longest home runs for every MLB team

Statcast measures farthest blast since 2015 for all 30 clubs
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Ever since Babe Ruth launched Major League Baseball into the live-ball era with his awe-inspiring home runs, wowed fans have been asking: "How far did that ball go?"

Teams had their own methods for estimating home run distance for nearly a century. But now, the launch of Statcast™ has given us a whole new tool to answer the question, thanks to the tracking technology at every MLB ballpark.

Ever since Babe Ruth launched Major League Baseball into the live-ball era with his awe-inspiring home runs, wowed fans have been asking: "How far did that ball go?"

Teams had their own methods for estimating home run distance for nearly a century. But now, the launch of Statcast™ has given us a whole new tool to answer the question, thanks to the tracking technology at every MLB ballpark.

Here is a look at the longest homers hit by each of the 30 MLB clubs since Statcast™ began tracking home run distances at the start of the 2015 season.

American League East

Blue Jays: Josh Donaldson, April 23, 2015, vs. BAL; Sept. 17, 2017, at MIN
Distance: 481 feet (Watch them: HR No. 1; HR No. 2)
Both of these big flies were demolished. The first, with a 112.5-mph exit velocity, Donaldson launched into the second deck at the Rogers Centre. He hit the second even harder, at 113.5 mph, reaching the upper tank at Minnesota's Target Field. Full Blue Jays leaderboard

Orioles: Jonathan Schoop, Aug. 26, 2015, at KC
Distance: 484 feet (Watch it)
The Orioles have had their share of big sluggers in recent years, but it's Schoop who holds this title. One of baseball's best sluggers at second base, he jumped on this Johnny Cueto pitch that tailed in off the inside corner and kept it just fair down the left-field line at Kauffman Stadium. Full Orioles leaderboard

Rays: J.P. Arencibia, Sept. 7, 2015, at DET; C.J. Cron, Aug. 18, 2018, at BOS
Distance: 464 feet (Watch them: Arencibia's; Cron's)
Arencibia played only 24 games for Tampa Bay -- all in 2015, his final MLB season -- but he had no shortage of power. The opposing pitcher for this home run, the Tigers' Randy Wolf, was also in his final season. Nonetheless, they combined for an entry in the Rays' Statcast™ record book.

Arencibia got company when Cron showed off some light-tower power at Fenway Park in the dog days of August 2018. Cron crushed a 112.9 mph, 33-degree, 464-foot moonshot off David Price way over the Green Monster and over Lansdowne Street. Full Rays leaderboard

Red Sox: Hanley Ramirez, April 29, 2017, vs. CHC
Distance: 469 feet (Watch it)
Before this, Ramirez was tied with David Ortiz for the longest Red Sox homer, at 468 feet. But here, facing former Boston hurler John Lackey at Fenway Park, he took that honor all for himself. Ramirez drilled a center-cut two-seamer way over the Green Monster for a monstrous solo shot. Full Red Sox leaderboard

Yankees: Aaron Judge, June 11, 2017, vs. BAL
Distance: 495 feet (Watch it)
Judge became a sensation in 2017 because of feats like this one. The AL Rookie of the Year cleared the left-field bleachers at Yankee Stadium with a 118.6 mph, 495-foot homer. It was the longest homer of 2017 and tied Judge for the second-longest big fly in Statcast™ history. Full Yankees leaderboard

AL Central

Indians: Mike Napoli, Sept. 9, 2016 vs. MIN
Distance: 463 feet (Watch it)
The Party at Napoli's reached the highest deck at Target Field on this September night, as this blast helped the first baseman reach a career-high 93 RBIs on the season. Napoli had also hit a 464-foot ball in foul territory the night before at Progressive Field.

"That's good for bragging rights," Napoli's teammate, Rajai Davis, told MLB.com. "That's an awesome, great feeling. I don't think I've ever hit the ball that far in batting practice. He's doing it in games. That's awesome. We can all admire that." Full Indians leaderboard

Royals: Brandon Moss, July 1, 2017, vs. MIN
Distance: 477 feet (Watch it)
Moss left his mark during his lone season in Kansas City, golfing this pitch to help spur a four-run comeback for the home side against the rival Twins. Moss would retire the following spring, but his power clearly remained in his bat until the end. Full Royals leaderboard

Tigers: J.D. Martinez, July 21, 2015, vs. SEA
Distance: 467 feet (Watch it)
Not to be outdone by Nelson Cruz's 455-foot shot in the top half of the third inning, Martinez one-upped Seattle's slugger in the bottom half with this impressive blast to straightaway center at cavernous Comerica Park. The dinger impressed just about everyone in the ballpark, except perhaps the slugger who hit it.

"It all means the same to me," Martinez told MLB.com about his big fly. "I don't care. People get caught up on [distance]. To me, I really pay no mind. I just hit it, and I just hope it gets out." Full Tigers leaderboard

Twins: Kennys Vargas, June 20, 2017, vs. CWS
Distance: 483 feet (Watch it)
There really wasn't any doubt about this homer as soon as Vargas' bat met this pitch from White Sox starter Derek Holland with a scorching 114.1-mph exit velocity. Vargas' shot climbed high above the bullpen in left-center at Target Field for one of four 450-plus foot homers the first baseman hit in less than 800 at-bats in a Twins uniform. Full Twins leaderboard

Video: CWS@MIN: Vargas crushes a 483-foot home run

White Sox: Avisail Garcia, April 3, 2018, vs. TOR
Distance: 481 feet (Watch it)
Garcia was coming off a terrific 2017 campaign in which he finished second in the AL batting race with a .330 average, but he showed he could be much more than a slap hitter with this prodigious blast at Rogers Centre. Blue Jays starter J.A. Happ's slider caught too much of the plate, and Garcia punished it with a blistering 116.7-mph exit velocity.

"It was a pretty impressive blast, just from standing in the dugout and watching it," White Sox manager Rick Renteria told MLB.com. "Anybody who is a fan of baseball must have been impressed by that shot." Full White Sox leaderboard

AL West

Angels: Mike Trout, July 8, 2015, vs. COL
Distance: 477 feet (Watch it)
Trout's second homer of the night travelled deep to straightaway center field, landing halfway up the bleachers at Coors Field. Better yet, Trout's solo blast tied the ballgame and led to an eventual 3-2 win for the Angels. Full Angels leaderboard

Astros: George Springer, May 31, 2017, vs. MIN
Distance: 473 feet (Watch it)
Springer's blast capped a two-homer day against the Twins, part of a massive series for the eventual World Series champions in which they set a franchise record for runs scored in a three-game series.

"That's all I've got," Springer said of the homer. "That's about all I can hit it." Full Astros leaderboard

Athletics: Matt Olson, Sept. 15, 2017, vs. PHI
Distance: 483 feet (Watch it)
Olson's sky-high blast at Citizens Bank Park came at the peak of an incredibly powerful rookie season in which he crushed 24 homers in just 189 at-bats for Oakland. Phillies starter Mark Leiter Jr. knew he was in trouble as soon as Olson connected; all there was left to do was wait and see where the slugger's blast would eventually land. Full A's leaderboard

Mariners: Nelson Cruz, Sept. 24, 2016, vs. MIN
Distance: 493 feet (Watch it)
Few players in the game can crush a baseball like Cruz, and the Boomstick found the third deck at Target Field with this neck-craning blast. Cruz's shot remains among the longest homer hit outside the thin air of Coors Field, and it came one night after he had launched a different 454-foot homer for Seattle. Full Mariners leaderboard

Video: SEA@MIN: Cruz crushes 493-ft homer

Rangers: Nomar Mazara, May 25, 2016, vs. LAA
Distance: 491 feet (Watch it)
The rookie Mazara raised his profile substantially with this towering drive to the upper deck at Globe Life Park, turning on and punishing an offspeed pitch from Angels starter Hector Santiago.

"That was loud," said Rangers catcher Bobby Wilson of Mazara's dinger. "You need earplugs for that one." Full Rangers leaderboard

National League East

Braves: Freddie Freeman, June 13, 2015, vs. NYM
Distance: 464 feet (Watch it)
Atlanta's most consistent slugger got a hold of this first-inning fastball from Mets ace Jacob deGrom, pulling it high and deep onto the right-center-field bridge at Citi Field. Full Braves leaderboard

Marlins: Giancarlo Stanton, Aug. 6, 2016, vs. COL
Distance: 504 feet (Watch it)
This is it -- the longest home run since Statcast™ started tracking in 2015, and the only one projected at more than 500 feet. The 504-foot distance may have been aided by the thin air at Coors Field, but Stanton has shown plenty of times that he doesn't need any help to clear the fence. Full Marlins leaderboard

Video: Must C Crushed: Stanton connects on 504-foot home run

Mets: Yoenis Cespedes, April 24, 2018 vs. STL
Distance: 463 feet (Watch it)
Cespedes was off to a tough start to the 2018 season, batting .195 with an MLB-most 37 strikeouts entering this Tuesday night matchup in St. Louis. But with a pair of runners on in the fifth, New York's big slugger proved his power was still very much intact. Cespedes tied up the Cardinals with this moonshot that landed next to the "Big Mac Land" seating section in left field, surpassing Justin Ruggiano's 461-foot homer from Aug. 23, 2016, which also came at Busch Stadium. Full Mets leaderboard

Nationals: Michael A. Taylor, Aug. 20, 2015, vs. COL
Distance: 493 feet (Watch it)
Rockies starter Yohan Flande was cruising against the Nationals until Taylor gave his club a humongous game-tying lift on this blast to left-center. Taylor's dinger may have received an assist from the friendly Coors Field environment, but his 110.1-mph exit velocity was no joke. Taylor's ideal 26-degree launch angle also helped this ball go a long way. Full Nationals leaderboard

Phillies: Maikel Franco, July 10, 2016, vs. COL
Distance: 471 feet (Watch it)
Rockies reliever Jason Motte attempted to go up and in on Franco with a fastball, but the Phillies third baseman was ready for the challenge. Franco turned quickly on the pitch, pulling it into the high altitude at Coors Field for a long line-drive homer. Full Phillies leaderboard

NL Central

Brewers: Domingo Santana, July 26, 2017, vs. WSH
Distance: 476 feet (Watch it)
Nationals Park has housed plenty of its own sluggers, from Bryce Harper to Anthony Rendon to Ryan Zimmerman. But it was the visiting Santana who etched his name atop the ballpark's list of longest home runs on this summer evening. Santana turned on an inside fastball from Gio Gonzalez and crushed it over the visitors' bullpen, high into the left-field concourse. Full Brewers leaderboard

Cardinals: Marcell Ozuna, April 3, 2018, vs. MIL
Distance: 479 feet (Watch it)
Ozuna's first Cardinals home run also established him atop his new team's home run distance leaderboard. Facing Brewers starter Chase Anderson, Ozuna connected with a 117.2-mph exit velocity and sent Anderson's offering deep to left-center -- also setting a new Statcast™ mark for the longest homer at Miller Park. Full Cardinals leaderboard

Cubs: Kris Bryant, Sept. 6, 2015, vs. ARI
Distance: 495 feet (Watch it)
Wrigley Field can become a launching pad when the wind blows out toward the bleachers, but even as a rookie, Bryant proved he didn't need much help launching prolific blasts. This one bounced off the new scoreboard in left field -- fittingly right next to Bryant's own picture -- to further build Bryant's prestige with the North Siders. Full Cubs leaderboard

Video: ARI@CHC: Statcast™ on Bryant's blast off scoreboard

Pirates: Pedro Alvarez, Oct. 4, 2015, vs. CIN
Distance: 479 feet (Watch it)
Pittsburgh's hulking slugger decided the right-field seats at PNC Park weren't enough on the final day of the 2015 regular season, instead clearing the bleachers completely and depositing this ball into the Allegheny River. Alvarez simply demolished the pitch, connecting with a 115.4-mph exit velocity and uppercutting with an ideal 29-degree launch angle. Full Pirates leaderboard

Reds: Eugenio Suarez, June 2, 2016, vs. COL
Distance: 465 feet (Watch it)
Listed at just 5-foot-11 and 213 pounds, Suarez struck a blow for undersized infielders with this massive shot to left-center at Coors Field. This was actually Suarez's second homer of the game, capping an impressive evening for the third baseman. Full Reds leaderboard

NL West

D-backs: Jake Lamb, April 29, 2017, vs. COL
Distance: 481 feet (Watch it)
In the days before the humidor, balls flew out of Chase Field. What's surprising about Lamb's blast isn't where it was hit, but the opposing pitcher he victimized. The Rockies' Tyler Anderson is a left-hander, and southpaws overall had been extremely effective against Lamb. But in this at-bat, the platoon disadvantage didn't bother Lamb at all. Full D-backs leaderboard

Dodgers: Joc Pederson, June 2, 2015, at COL
Distance: 477 feet (Watch it)
Considering the Rockies are in their division, it's no surprise that the Dodgers hit their longest homer at Coors Field: a majestic blast by Pederson way up into the center-field bleachers. It came in a series in which Pederson crushed four home runs -- one in each game. Full Dodgers leaderboard

Giants: Brandon Belt, May 22, 2015, at COL
Distance: 475 feet (Watch it)
Another NL West club, another entry from the friendly environment of Coors Field. Belt jumped on a hanging changeup and launched it far into the third deck in right field. This type of blast has been a rarity for the Giants, who hit the second-fewest homers of 420-plus feet (74) from 2015-17, ahead of only the Braves. Full Giants leaderboard

Padres: Franchy Cordero, April 20, 2018 at ARI
Distance: 489 feet (Watch it)
Franchy absolutely crushed this one. The D-backs' Matt Koch grooved Cordero a fastball, and Cordero hammered it 116.3 mph all the way up the scoreboard in dead center at Chase Field, instantly establishing a new longest home run of the 2018 season and a Padres Statcast™ record. He obliterated the team's previous best of 465 feet, which had been set by Melvin Upton Jr. in June of 2016. Cordero's blast is also the longest hit at Chase Field since Statcast™'s introduction in 2015, and the 10th-longest hit by anyone in baseball since 2015. Full Padres leaderboard

Video: SD@ARI: Cordero crushes 489-ft. HR at 116.3 mph

Rockies: Mark Reynolds, July 21, 2016, vs. ATL
Distance: 484 feet (Watch it)
Yes, the Rockies' longest home run came at home. Reynolds, the powerful veteran, got ahead in the count 2-0 against a rookie left-hander, Hunter Cervenka, who fired a fastball over the middle of the plate. Reynolds demolished it at 108.8 mph, sending a drive most of the way up the bleachers beyond the left-center-field wall. Full Rockies leaderboard

David Adler is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. Follow him on Twitter at @_dadler.

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Andrew Simon is a research analyst for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @AndrewSimonMLB.

Ray frustrated despite D-backs' big win

Left-hander tagged for three runs in 4 1/3 innings against Padres
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SAN DIEGO -- Robbie Ray didn't come away with a win Friday night even though the D-backs beat the Padres, 9-4, at Petco Park.

And the left-hander knew there was one person to blame for that.

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SAN DIEGO -- Robbie Ray didn't come away with a win Friday night even though the D-backs beat the Padres, 9-4, at Petco Park.

And the left-hander knew there was one person to blame for that.

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"It was all on me," Ray said.

When Ray struggles, it's not because of a lack of stuff. He's got a mid-90s fastball, a sharp backfoot slider to go with it and a slower breaking pitch, too.

What he hasn't always had lately is something that he had for much of his dominant 2017 season: consistent command.

Ray allowed just two hits over 4 1/3 innings, but he walked five and the Padres worked deep counts against him, pushing his pitch count to 107.

"I was trying to give him every opportunity to get through that fifth inning," D-backs manager Torey Lovullo said.

After the game, Ray's frustration was evident.

While he may have barked occasionally at home plate umpire James Hoye during the game, Ray pointed the finger for the struggles at himself.

"It was all self-inflicted," Ray said. "I walked too many guys and that was the only way they scored. It's frustrating. I thought the pitches were close, but honestly, [Hoye] had them right. I went back and looked at them. They were just off on some pitches. In crucial situations like that, I'm trying to get a call, but it's tough. They got two hits tonight, walked five. It was all on me."

Video: ARI@SD: Goldschmidt crushes a 2-run dinger to center

Ray was a huge part of the D-backs' success last season, going 15-5 with a 2.89 ERA. If the D-backs are to make the postseason for a second consecutive season, they'll need him to be that once again. Their win Friday maintained their one-game lead over the second-place Rockies in the National League West.

Early in the season, Ray's velocity was down a few ticks and he didn't feel his stuff was as good. After a stint on the disabled list with an oblique strain, he felt like his stuff was better, but his command wasn't as sharp.

"When I came off the DL last year, I hardly walked anybody," Ray said. "It wasn't the case this year. I've had a little command issue. I just need to get back to what I do best, and that's pound the zone. I've got too good of stuff to be pitching around the zone. I've just got to attack guys and then my offspeed stuff gets better."

Video: ARI@SD: Escobar smashes a solo home run to left

For now, he'll get back to work in his between-starts bullpen session and see if he can figure out any mechanical issues he might have that would cause a lack of command.

"All I can do is I can go into my next bullpen session, watch video, see what I'm doing and compare it to when I'm at my best," Ray said. "And just try to mimic that. I don't really have too many answers, but that's probably my best bet."

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Tacking on: While the D-backs led from the first inning, the game was still very much in doubt after the Padres scored a run in the fifth to pull to 5-3. In the sixth, though, Steven Souza Jr. delivered a two-out, two-strike double to the gap in right-center that scored three runs and gave the D-backs some breathing room.

Video: ARI@SD: Souza Jr. clears the bases with a double

"We had some big moments throughout the course of the game, but I thought none bigger than Steven Souza's three-run double," Lovullo said. "It came at a huge time of the game where the momentum was maybe neutral, but with one swing of the bat, he brought it right back to us."

YOU'RE OUTTA HERE
D-backs shortstop Nick Ahmed earned his second career ejection in the third inning when he disputed a called third strike by Hoye. The umpire let Ahmed have his say and third base coach Tony Perezchica and Lovullo tried to walk Ahmed back to the dugout, but he continued to complain and Hoye ejected him.

Video: ARI@SD: Ahmed ejected for arguing balls and strikes

Playing with a short bench already due to carrying an extra arm in the bullpen and with David Peralta out with an illness, Lovullo could not have been happy to lose Ahmed at that early juncture in the game.

However, Lovullo declined to comment on his feelings after the game, saying he first wanted to share them with Ahmed.

Eric Hosmer homers off fan's beer, just out of Jon Jay's reach

HE SAID IT
"There were spurts in there where I thought he was making pitches and he was going to get on a roll, but he just could never really get it going." -- Lovullo, on Ray

UP NEXT
The D-backs take on the Padres in the third game of this four-game set Saturday night at Petco Park, with first pitch set for 5:40 p.m. MST. Zack Godley (13-6, 4.20 ERA) will get the start for the D-backs, and the right-hander has been on a roll of late. Over his last three starts, he is 2-0 with a 1.29 ERA and has held opposing hitters to a .183 mark in those games. The Padres will counter with Clayton Richard (7-10, 4.98).

Steve Gilbert has covered the D-backs for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB.

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Hazen weighs in on tight NL West chase

Lamb feeling 'really good' after undergoing rotator cuff surgery
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SAN DIEGO -- How does D-backs general manager Mike Hazen feel about his team's position in the race for a postseason spot?

"Well, it changes by the day," Hazen said.

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SAN DIEGO -- How does D-backs general manager Mike Hazen feel about his team's position in the race for a postseason spot?

"Well, it changes by the day," Hazen said.

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Heading into Thursday night's game with the Padres, the D-backs held a 1 1/2-game lead over the Rockies and Dodgers, who were tied for second in the National League West.

"It's in front of us and I think that's the best way to talk about it, look at it," Hazen said. "You'd sign up for this right here -- to have it within your grasp. We have a lot of head-to-head games against all the teams we're in and around, which is good. We're in a pennant chase. I've been in August before where we're not, so this is a good feeling."

The D-backs have seven games left each against the Dodgers and Rockies and they have a three-game series coming up against the Giants in San Francisco.

Last season, a 13-game winning streak at the end of August and beginning of September, which included six wins over the Dodgers and three over the Rockies, all but locked up the NL Wild Card for Arizona.

Another prolonged winning streak right about now could have a similar effect, but this year's D-backs team has yet to win more than five games in a row.

"I don't think outside of April we've played our best baseball as a team," Hazen said. "There are still ways for us to bring it all together a little more consistently, but we've put ourselves in a good position. You want to see us take hold of that situation, but it's baseball and you've got to go through the entire season and you're going to have your ups and downs and you're going to have periods where you kind of tread water a little bit. So, there's still a ton of season left to play, but the team that puts that together consistently for nine innings for a decent stretch of time is going to come out on top."

Lamb update
D-backs third baseman Jake Lamb had fraying in his left rotator cuff repaired Wednesday and came through the procedure well.

"I got a chance to speak to him today, and he said he feels really good," D-backs manager Torey Lovullo said. "He was glad that the ordeal is over. I just know the summary of it is it went as expected and it went very, very well. To ramp up now and get on the rehab program is on him, and the hardest days are probably ahead of him. But I know that he's ready for that challenge and he'll be ready for Spring Training."

Steve Gilbert has covered the D-backs for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB.

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D-backs' nicknames for Players' Weekend

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For the second consecutive year, Major Leaguers will put their personalities and passions on the field when Players' Weekend takes center stage during all games from Friday, Aug. 24, through Sunday, Aug. 26.

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For the second consecutive year, Major Leaguers will put their personalities and passions on the field when Players' Weekend takes center stage during all games from Friday, Aug. 24, through Sunday, Aug. 26.

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Here are the nicknames big leaguers will wear on their backs while sporting colorful, non-traditional uniforms featuring alternate designs inspired by youth-league uniforms:

:: Players' Weekend presented by Valspar Stain ::

Nick Ahmed: "SLICK NICK"
Matt Andriese: "DREEZY"
Alex Avila: "PARKMAN"
Brad Boxberger: "🎁🍔"
-- Boxberger will become the first player in MLB history to don an emoji on the back of his uniform. The box emoji and hamburger emoji represent the first and second parts of his last name. He credits his wife in helping come up with the idea. "I kind of wanted to do it last year but never got it approved in time," Boxberger said. "We were thinking of names last year and I just kind of went with it."
Archie Bradley: "HOLLYWOOD"
Clay Buchholz: "BUCK"
Andrew Chafin: "THE SHERIFF"
-- D-backs TV announcer Steve Berthiaume labeled Chafin the "Sheriff" a couple of years ago, a nickname former D-backs great Mark Reynolds also boasted. Chafin liked the name and elected to stick with it again this season.
Patrick Corbin: "CORBY"
-- It is a simple abbreviation of his last name, but also the name of his family's dog.
Daniel Descalso: "SCALS"
Jake Diekman: "GUT IT OUT"
Jarrod Dyson: "ZOOMBIYA"
Eduardo Escobar: "EL DE LA PICA"
Zack Godley: "BULL"
-- Godley earned this nickname during his college days at the University of Tennessee because of his habit of sprinting on and off the field, and for his demeanor on the mound.
Paul Goldschmidt: "GOLDY"
Zack Greinke: "GREINKE"
Robby Hammock: "HAMMER"
Yoshihisa Hirano: "YOSHI SAN"
Jon Jay: "305 J"
Jake Lamb: "LAMBO"
Ketel Marte: "PIKE"
-- This nickname originates from Marte's upbringing in the Dominican Republic and is a reference to someone who has a swagger about them.
Jeff Mathis: "MATTY"
T.J. McFarland: "RETURN OF THE MAC"
Shelby Miller: "MILLZY"
John Ryan Murphy: "CHOIR BOY"
A.J. Pollock: "POLLO"
Robbie Ray: "BOB"
Steven Souza Jr.: "SOUZ"
Taijuan Walker: "TAI WEEZY"
Brad Ziegler: "UNICORN"

Brian Scott Rippee is a reporter for MLB.com based in Cincinnati.

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Buchholz goes distance, backed by 5-run 1st

Complete game is right-hander's first in more than three years
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SAN DIEGO -- Given what Clay Buchholz has done for the D-backs this year -- his latest gem was a 5-1 win over the Padres on Thursday night at Petco Park -- it's easy to lose sight of just how desperate Arizona was for a starting pitcher in May.

Taijuan Walker had already been lost for the season due to Tommy John surgery and when Robbie Ray went down with a strained oblique in late April, the D-backs tried a number of options.

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SAN DIEGO -- Given what Clay Buchholz has done for the D-backs this year -- his latest gem was a 5-1 win over the Padres on Thursday night at Petco Park -- it's easy to lose sight of just how desperate Arizona was for a starting pitcher in May.

Taijuan Walker had already been lost for the season due to Tommy John surgery and when Robbie Ray went down with a strained oblique in late April, the D-backs tried a number of options.

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They gave Kris Medlen a shot, and he allowed seven runs in four innings.

That led to Troy Scribner getting a chance, and he lasted just 3 2/3 in his one start.

During that time period, Buchholz exercised a May 1 opt-out from his Minor League contract with the Royals, since they had not called him up to the big leagues.

The D-backs quickly signed him to a Minor League deal of their own on May 4.

General manager Mike Hazen and manager Torey Lovullo were both in Boston when Buchholz had success early in his career with the Red Sox, and the familiarity with the pair was one of the reasons Buchholz chose Arizona.

Lovullo went and watched Buchholz throw at the team's Spring Training complex after they signed him and delivered a message to the 34-year-old.

"That's what Torey told me the first day that I saw him -- we know who you are, just get right and go to [Triple-A] Reno and do what you've got to do and whenever you're ready, we'll call you up."

Video: ARI@SD: Lovullo on Buchholz's brilliant performance

Two weeks later, Buchholz got his D-backs career started by holding the Mets to one run over five innings. Other than a month-long stint on the disabled list with a strained oblique muscle, his time with the D-backs could not have gone better thus far.

"That was a blessing, you know?" Buchholz said of signing with the D-backs. "To be able to come here with this club and knowing most of the front office, knowing the manager, knowing the hitting coach, it was definitely a better fit. Already had relationships built and when the manager of the club knows what you can do, it's easier to go out and perform; you don't have stress about anything, you don't have to overdo anything."

Buchholz (6-2) didn't have to do any stressing Thursday night as his offense provided him with five runs in the first inning, and he allowed just five hits in tossing his first complete game since July 4, 2015.

Video: ARI@SD: Avila rips a 2-run single to left field

"He pitched like he didn't have a lead and he did a great job of pounding the zone with all of his pitches," Lovullo said.

Well, not really all his pitches.

Buchholz has relied heavily on his changeup this year, but for whatever reason, it wasn't working for him Thursday, so he stayed mainly with his fastball, cutter and breaking ball.

With the win, the D-backs maintained a 1 1/2-game lead over the second-place Rockies, while pushing their advantage over the idle Dodgers to two games.

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Shutout spoiled: The only run the Padres managed off Buchholz came with two outs in the eighth, when Hunter Renfroe hit a homer to center. Buchholz and the D-backs thought Renfroe had struck out on the 0-2 pitch before the homer, but the pitch was called a ball.

Video: ARI@SD: Renfroe crushes a solo homer to center

"Everybody is in here looking at it right now and we're a little bit frustrated," Lovullo said. "We felt like the pitch was close enough to be called a strike. But umpiring is hard. It's a very difficult thing and sometimes, they get them right and sometimes, they get them wrong. What he did was he regrouped and got the next batter out and was able to collect himself enough to throw the complete game, and that's all that matters."

SHAKING IT UP
Lovullo tweaked his batting order before Thursday's game, moving Paul Goldschmidt from the No. 2 spot -- where he's primarily hit -- to cleanup, while putting A.J. Pollock second and David Peralta third. It paid dividends in the first when Peralta homered after both Jon Jay and Pollock got on base ahead of him.

Video: ARI@SD: Peralta clubs a 3-run homer in the 1st

"I've been playing around with the idea for several days," Lovullo said. "Offensively, we know it hasn't been a perfect year for us. It's been great at times and it's been flat at times. I wanted to take a look at different things. It was still the same participants. It's just mixing them up a little bit. Sometimes, that pushes them and sparks them."

UP NEXT
The D-backs continue their four-game series with the Padres on Friday night with left-hander Robbie Ray (3-2, 4.83 ERA) on the mound. Ray has allowed two or fewer runs in three of his last four starts. He has been a much better pitcher away from home this year, compiling a 2-1 record and a 2.70 ERA on the road. The Padres will counter with lefty Joey Lucchesi (6-6, 3.45).

Steve Gilbert has covered the D-backs for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB.

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This D-back is an NL West game-changer

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The National League West is home to a handful of baseball's best all-around players. Unsurprisingly, those players boast some of baseball's most impressive game-changing tools.

There aren't many big leaguers who change the way their opponents prepare because of a singular skill -- whether it's light-tower power, lights-out defense or a rocket arm. But every NL West club has a few.

The National League West is home to a handful of baseball's best all-around players. Unsurprisingly, those players boast some of baseball's most impressive game-changing tools.

There aren't many big leaguers who change the way their opponents prepare because of a singular skill -- whether it's light-tower power, lights-out defense or a rocket arm. But every NL West club has a few.

This week, MLB.com broke down the singular most elite tool on every team in the division. The list is littered with some of the game's most exciting ballplayers, and it's easy to see why.

Video: COL@ARI: Greinke dazzles with 13 K's over 8 innings

D-BACKS
The player and his tool: Zack Greinke's command

Why it matters: There was once a time when Greinke regularly pumped fastballs in the mid-90s, using the pitch as a weapon to get hitters out, even when he missed his location. That time has passed by about half a decade. And yet Greinke remains one of the top pitchers in the NL.

That's almost exclusively because of Greinke's pinpoint command and craftiness. His fastball sits around 90 mph this season, and yet he owns a 3.00 ERA and is striking out more than a hitter per inning.

Greinke consistently mixes about half a dozen pitches into his starts. He locates each with precision and offers little in the way of predictability.

Signature moment this season: Greinke pitched eight innings of two-hit ball against the Rockies on July 22. He struck out 13 and recorded 17 swinging strikes -- two with his fastball, four with his changeup, one with his curveball, seven with his slider, one with his sinker and two with his eephus.

Video: LAD@ARI: Puig catches fly, throws out Marte for DP

DODGERS
The player and his tool: Yasiel Puig's arm

Why it matters: There aren't many tools in baseball that have drawn as much fanfare as Puig's arm. From the moment he arrived in 2012, he put it on full display, turning a game-ending double play in his debut against the Padres from the right-field warning track.

Sure, Puig has drawn some criticism for being careless with his throws, but there's no question he can change a game from out of nowhere with his other-worldly arm strength.

Puig's lasers land on all sorts of highlight reels. But his impact stretches beyond that. Puig has kept countless baserunners in check with the mere threat of his arm. There aren't many outfielders who inspire legitimate fear on the basepaths, but he is one.

Signature moment this season: With the Dodgers and D-backs tied in the 14th inning on April 2, A.J. Pollock lifted a deep drive to the right-field warning track. Against most outfielders, Ketel Marte would've reached second base standing up. But Puig made the catch, spun, and threw a strike to second base on the fly. Marte was toast.

Video: CHC@SF: Posey belts a walk-off RBI single in the 13th

GIANTS
The player and his tool: Buster Posey's hitting

Why it matters: Throughout his career, Posey has always been an outstanding defensive catcher. But there are plenty of outstanding defensive catchers. None can hit like Posey.

Since his rookie campaign in 2010, Posey has never batted below .284. He's flirting with .300 once again this year. Posey has posted an OPS+ of at least 110 in nine straight seasons since '10. Only Joey Votto, Giancarlo Stanton and Robinson Cano have done the same (with a minimum of 100 at-bats). No other catcher is even close. Yasmani Grandal and Yadier Molina have had five such seasons.

Sure, defense is generally regarded as a catcher's most important attribute, and Posey brings plenty of that. But he can win games with his bat just as easily.

Signature moment this season: In a tie game in the 13th inning, Posey delivered a walk-off single against the Cubs on July 11. He went the other way with a 97-mph fastball and served it off the right-field wall for the game-winner.

Video: Must C Crafty: Hedges dives, catches popup, turns two

PADRES
The player and his tool: Austin Hedges' defense

Why it matters: The Padres have fully committed to their youth movement. Nowhere is that more evident than in their starting rotation. Already this season, Joey Lucchesi, Eric Lauer, Brett Kennedy, Jacob Nix and Walker Lockett have debuted as starters.

In the Padres' eyes, it's essential that their young arms have a reliable presence behind the plate. Hedges is as steady as they come. Over the past few weeks, he has begun to turn a corner with his bat. But Hedges' defense remains his calling card.

Hedges' best attribute is his pitch-framing ability, and for the second straight season, he ranks near the top in most framing metrics (though not quite so high, because he missed a month and a half with elbow tendinitis). He can also impact play with his blocking ability, his arm, his game-calling and his overall athleticism.

Signature moment this season: In an April game against the Giants, Gregor Blanco attempted to lay down a bunt and popped it up behind the plate. Hedges made an all-out diving grab, then threw to first base from his backside to double up Brandon Crawford. Good luck finding a better play from a catcher this season.

Video: COL@ARI: Arenado belts 2 home runs vs. the D-backs

ROCKIES
The player and his tool: Nolan Arenado's power

Why it matters: There might not be a toolsier player in the NL West than Arenado. He's got a cannon. He routinely hits above .300. Arenado is one of the best defenders in the world.

But this season, Arenado's most impactful attribute has been his power. It is, quite literally, a game-changer. He's given the Rockies a lead 11 times this season with a home run.

No one pulls the ball with authority quite like Arenado. His pull-side slugging percentage has hovered around 1.000 this year, and it's a big reason why he's challenging for the league lead in homers and RBIs.

Signature moment this season: Locked in a tight NL West race, Arenado made his presence felt against Arizona on July 20. He took Robbie Ray deep in the top of the first inning. Arenado went deep again in the fifth, clubbing a game-tying two-run shot. Colorado won the game, an 11-10 slugfest.

AJ Cassavell covers the Padres for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ajcassavell.

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Every 30-30 season, ranked by club

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The marvel of the 30-30 club is predicated on the rare combination of speed and power it takes to swipe 30 bases and bash 30 homers in the same season. The feat has been pulled off just 60 times in baseball history, though there are a few players who could join the club in 2018, starting with Cleveland's Jose Ramirez, who has already surpassed 30 homers and has 27 steals through Wednesday's action.

40-40 club: 40 steals, 40 homers in a season

The marvel of the 30-30 club is predicated on the rare combination of speed and power it takes to swipe 30 bases and bash 30 homers in the same season. The feat has been pulled off just 60 times in baseball history, though there are a few players who could join the club in 2018, starting with Cleveland's Jose Ramirez, who has already surpassed 30 homers and has 27 steals through Wednesday's action.

40-40 club: 40 steals, 40 homers in a season

Here is a team-by-team breakdown of the 30-30 club, ranked in order from the team with the most 30-30 seasons to least -- there are actually eight teams that have never had someone pull off the feat. (Note: We list franchises together, even if the club moved.) 

Giants: 7
Barry Bonds, 1997 (40 HR, 37 SB)
Barry Bonds, 1996 (42 HR, 40 SB)
Barry Bonds, 1995 (33 HR, 31 SB)
Bobby Bonds, 1973 (39 HR, 43 SB)
Bobby Bonds, 1969 (32 HR, 45 SB)
Willie Mays, 1957 (35 HR, 38 SB)
Willie Mays, 1956 (36 HR, 40 SB)
Mays posted the first two 30-30 seasons in National League history, and narrowly missed the mark in 1958 (29 HR, 31 SB) and '59 (34-27). In the twilight of his career, he saw teammate Bobby Bonds accomplish the feat twice with the Giants (en route to finishing his career with five). The younger Bonds later matched his father with his third, fourth and fifth 30-30 seasons in the late '90s -- no other hitter has notched three straight such campaigns. Remarkably, both of the Bonds came within four homers or steals of another 30-30 campaign three times each.

Mets: 5
David Wright, 2007 (30 HR, 34 SB)
Howard Johnson, 1991 (38 HR, 30 SB)
Howard Johnson, 1989 (36 HR, 41 SB)
Howard Johnson, 1987 (36 HR, 32 SB)
Darryl Strawberry, 1987 (39 HR, 36 SB)
It's surprising to see Strawberry's name on this list only once -- though it should come as no surprise that he also came close in 1984 (26 HR, 27 SB), '85 (29-26), '86 (27-28) and '88 (39-29). Johnson, his teammate for nine seasons, wasn't even an All-Star in '87, when the Mets became one of only two teams ever with two 30-30 players in a season. Only Mike Cameron came close until Wright's career-best '07 campaign.

Video: NYM@CHC: Strawberry swipes bag, joins 30/30 club

Braves: 4
Ron Gant, 1991 (32 HR, 34 SB)
Ron Gant, 1990 (32 HR, 33 SB)
Dale Murphy, 1983 (36 HR, 30 SB)
Hank Aaron, 1963 * (44 HR, 31 SB)
* Milwaukee Braves
Aaron's 30-30 season was just the fourth in history, and he came close again in 1968 (29 HR, 28 SB). Gant came close again when he had 36 homers and 26 steals in 1993. In Chipper Jones' NL MVP Award-winning year of 1999, he slugged 45 homers and swiped 25 bags, which is Atlanta's closest call since then.

Rangers: 4
Ian Kinsler, 2011 (32 HR, 30 SB)
Ian Kinsler, 2009 (31 HR, 31 SB)
Alfonso Soriano, 2005 (36 HR, 30 SB)
Bobby Bonds, 1978 (31 HR, 43 SB)
Bonds posted the last of his then-unheard-of five 30-30 seasons in 1978, starting the year with the White Sox before posting the majority of his homers (29) and steals (37) in 130 games with the Rangers. His five 30-30 campaigns was matched only by his son, Barry, though Soriano also came close with four. The consistent Kinsler's only 30-30 campaigns came in the only two 30-steal seasons of his career.

Video: TEX@LAA: Kinsler joins 30-30 club with steal of third

Astros: 3
Carlos Beltran, 2004 (38 HR, 42 SB)
Jeff Bagwell, 1999 (42 HR, 30 SB)
Jeff Bagwell, 1997 (43 HR, 31 SB)
Beltran actually split his memorable 2004 season between Kansas City and Houston, coming over via trade just ahead of the non-waiver Trade Deadline. Beltran swiped a career-high 42 bases that year, including 28 in just 90 games with the Astros. Bagwell, who was never overly touted for his speed, quietly swiped 61 of his career 202 over the 1997 and '99 seasons. 

Video: HOU@CIN: Bagwell is first Astro to join 30-30 club

Brewers: 3
Ryan Braun, 2012 (41 HR, 30 SB)
Ryan Braun, 2011 (33 HR, 33 SB)
Tommy Harper, 1970 (31 HR, 38 SB)
Coming off a 73-steal campaign with the expansion Seattle Pilots in 1969, Harper knocked a career-high 31 homers in '70 for the first 30-30 season in the American League since Ken Williams of the St. Louis Browns in '22. Braun's two 30-30 seasons were the only 30-steal campaigns of his career, for which he won the NL MVP Award in 2011.

Video: MIL@CIN: Braun homers twice to join 30-30 club

Dodgers: 3
Matt Kemp, 2011 (39 HR, 40 SB)
Raul Mondesi, 1999 (33 HR, 36 SB)
Raul Mondesi, 1997 (30 HR, 32 SB)
Davey Lopes, Pedro Guerrero and Kirk Gibson all came close, but Mondesi finally became the first Dodger in the 30-30 club with the only 30-steal campaigns of his 13-year career in 1997 and '99. Kemp flirted with the feat in 2009 (26 HR, 34 SB) before achieving it in '11 with a league-leading 39 homers and 126 RBIs to go with a career-best 40 steals. He lost the NL MVP Award to Braun, a fellow 30-30 club member in '11.

Video: COL@LAD: Kemp joins 30-30 club with homer in seventh

Nationals: 3
Alfonso Soriano, 2006 (46 HR, 41 SB)
Vladimir Guerrero, 2002 * (39 HR, 40 SB)
Vladimir Guerrero, 2001 * (34 HR, 37 SB)
* Montreal Expos
Guerrero had two 30-steal seasons in his 16-year career, and he made the most of both with a pair of 30-30 campaigns, narrowly missing the fourth 40-40 season in history in 2002. Four years later, following the franchise's move to the nation's capital, Soriano recorded the most homers ever in a 30-30 campaign (his fourth) and registered the fourth and final 40-40 season to date.

Phillies: 3
Jimmy Rollins, 2007 (30 HR, 41 SB)
Bobby Abreu, 2004 (30 HR, 40 SB)
Bobby Abreu, 2001 (31 HR, 36 SB)
Abreu's 2001 and '04 campaigns were the finest of his career, representing the two highest homer and steal totals of his 18 seasons in the Major Leagues. Rollins was always a threat on the basepaths, but his power only began to emerge later in his career, culminating in a career-high 30 homers, 41 steals and league-leading triple (20) and run (139) totals in his 2007 NL MVP Award-winning campaign.

Reds: 3
Brandon Phillips, 2007 (30 HR, 32 SB)
Barry Larkin, 1996 (33 HR, 36 SB)
Eric Davis, 1987 (37 HR, 50 SB)
In 1987, Davis joined the 30-30 club in style, becoming the first player to do so with 50 steals (only Barry Bonds has joined him since) -- and he only played in 129 games. A season earlier, he was only three homers shy of an astonishing 30-80 season. Davis and Rickey Henderson remain the only members of the 20-80 club. Larkin's 33 homers in '96 were by far a career high, as were Phillips' 30 long balls in 2007.

Video: HOU@CIN: Phillips joins 30-30 club with 30th homer

Rockies: 3
Larry Walker, 1997 (49 HR, 33 SB)
Dante Bichette, 1996 (31 HR, 31 SB)
Ellis Burks, 1996 (40 HR, 32 SB)
The 1996 Blake Street Bombers were the second team in history ('87 Mets) with two 30-30 hitters in the same season. Bichette wasn't so much of a surprise -- he'd posted double-digit homers and steals in the three previous years. But Burks raised some eyebrows with his 30-30 campaign, as he'd stolen a combined 36 bases in the previous six seasons. Walker's 49 homers and 33 steals were both career highs as he won the NL MVP Award in '97.

Yankees: 3
Alfonso Soriano, 2003 (38 HR, 35 SB)
Alfonso Soriano, 2002 (39 HR, 41 SB)
Bobby Bonds, 1975 (32 HR, 30 SB)
Though Mickey Mantle (31 HR, 21 SB) came reasonably close in 1959, Bonds became the first Yankee in the 30-30 club in '75. Rickey Henderson had a pair of 20-80 campaigns, including a 28-homer, 87-steal season in '86, but it was Soriano that ultimately joined Bonds with the first two of his four 30-30 seasons. Since then, Curtis Granderson came closest, with 41 homers and 25 steals in 2011.

Video: NYY@BAL: Soriano clubs 30th homer to join 30-30 club

Angels: 2
Mike Trout, 2012 (30 HR, 48 SB)
Bobby Bonds, 1977 (37 HR, 41 SB)
Trout took the Majors by storm during his rookie season in 2012, compiling a 30-30 year that hasn't been matched since. Some argue that had it not been for Miguel Cabrera winning the first Triple Crown in 45 years that Trout would've won the AL MVP Award that season. Bonds spent parts of just two seasons in Anaheim, and he made his second count. 

Video: LAA@TEX: Trout becomes youngest member of 30/30 club

Blue Jays: 2
Jose Cruz, 2001 (34 HR, 32 SB)
Shawn Green, 1998 (35 HR, 35 SB)
The 1998 Jays missed the playoffs despite Green posting the first 30-30 season in team history and Jose Canseco coming a steal shy (46 HR, 29 SB) of joining him. The 35 steals were a career high for Green, who hadn't posted more than 16 homers or steals in a season to that point. Cruz more than doubled his previous career high in steals for his 30-30 campaign.

Cubs: 2
Sammy Sosa, 1995 (36 HR, 34 SB)
Sammy Sosa, 1993 (33 HR, 36 SB)
Sosa began his career with decent power and great speed before morphing into the feared slugger that he became in his prime. During his transition, his power and speed came together for a pair of 30-30 campaigns, including his first All-Star season in 1995. Ryne Sandberg had come close in '90 (40 HR, 25 SB), and Corey Patterson came close most recently (24-32) in 2004.

Video: PIT@CHC: Sosa joins 30/30 club for second time

Indians: 2
Grady Sizemore, 2008 (33 HR, 38 SB)
Joe Carter, 1987 (32 HR, 31 SB)
Carter's only 30-steal season of his 16-year career gained him entry to the 30-30 club in 1987 after he came a homer and a steal shy a year earlier. He threatened again a season later (27 HR, 27 SB). Before injuries derailed a promising career, Sizemore was a perennial 30-30 threat, finally achieving the feat in 2008 with career bests in both homers and steals.

Video: Sizemore's leadoff homer gets him into the 30-30 club

Marlins: 2
Hanley Ramirez, 2008 (33 HR, 35 SB)
Preston Wilson, 2000 (31 HR, 36 SB)
Ramirez burst onto the scene with a pair of 50-steal seasons to start his career, but as his power numbers increased, his stolen-base numbers dwindled, and though he came close in 2007 (29 HR, 51 SB), his only 30-30 season came a year later. Wilson swiped 87 bags in four full seasons with the Marlins, and a career-high total of 36 came in '00.

Video: Hanley Ramirez joins the 30-30 club

Pirates: 2
Barry Bonds, 1992 (34 HR, 39 SB)
Barry Bonds, 1990 (33 HR, 52 SB)
Bonds' 52 steals in 1990 were the most in a 30-30 campaign, putting him in an elite group -- he and the Reds' Eric Davis (in '87) are the only members of the 30-50 club. Needless to say, he won the first of his seven NL MVP Awards that year, and he repeated the feat two years later, winning another MVP Award in his walk year before joining the Giants in free agency. More recently, Jason Bay, Nate McLouth and Andrew McCutchen have come close.

Video: PHI@PIT: Bonds hits 30th homer to join 30-30 club

Athletics: 1
Jose Canseco, 1988 (42 HR, 40 SB)
Forget 30-30 -- how about 40-40? Canseco's memorable 1988 campaign saw him lead the Majors with 42 homers and 124 RBIs en route to the AL MVP Award, and he became not only the first in franchise history to 30-30, but he also became the first in baseball history to 40-40. Only three others have matched the feat since.

Video: OAK@MIL: Canseco becomes first player to go 40/40

Mariners: 1
Alex Rodriguez, 1998 (42 HR, 46 SB)
Many don't associate Rodriguez with speed anymore, but he stole double-digit bases in 13 of his first 14 full seasons in the Major Leagues. A-Rod posted lofty homer and RBI totals as a 22-year-old shortstop in 1998, and he also ran wild that season, swiping a career-high 46 bags (but also being caught 13 times), posting one of only four 40-40 seasons in history.

Orioles: 1
Ken Williams, 1922 * (39 HR, 37 SB)
* St. Louis Browns
The idea of a 30-30 season before the end of the dead ball era in 1920 was far-fetched, but with the emergence of sluggers like Babe Ruth and Rogers Hornsby, it became at least a possibility -- though Ruth wasn't exactly known for his speed. Williams had both the power and speed tools, though, and in '22, with Ruth suspended for 60 games to open the season, Williams led the league in homers and swiped 37 bags for the first 30-30 campaign in baseball history.

Red Sox: 1
Jacoby Ellsbury, 2011 (32 HR, 39 SB)
For as long as the storied Red Sox franchise has been around, it took until Ellsbury's tremendous 2011 campaign, the only season of his career with more than 16 homers, for Boston to finally have a hitter join the 30-30 club. Carl Yastrzemski (40 HR, 23 SB) came close in 1970, as did Nomar Garciaparra (30 HR, 22 SB) in '97, and Mookie Betts is on pace to join Ellsbury in 2018, boasting 27 homers and 24 steals with over a month remaining in the season.

Video: BOS@NYY: Ellsbury homers to become part of 30-30 club

Cardinals: 0
Closest call: Ray Lankford, 1998 (31 HR, 26 SB)
For all of their rich history, the Cardinals perhaps suprisingly haven't had a player compile a 30-30 season. Lankford was perhaps the closest to accomplish the feat, coming just four stolen bases shy in 1998. 

D-backs: 0
Closest call: Paul Goldschmidt, 2016 (24 HR, 32 SB)
A perennial threat on the bases -- in spite of his size, stature and position -- Goldschmidt stole a career-high 32 bases in 2016, but he did so in a year where he had a power drought, at least by his standards, which is why he's included here. Goldschmidt had clubbed 30 homers in three of his six full seasons entering '18. In an era where clubs are becoming more apprehensive on the basepaths, the D-backs remain one of the most aggressive. Perhaps they won't be without a member for long. 

Padres: 0
Closest call: Wil Myers, 2016 (28 HR, 28 SB)
Myers came just two homers and two stolen bases shy of becoming the first player in Friars history to join the coveted club during his All-Star season in 2016. 

Rays: 0
Closest call: Melvin Upton Jr., 2012 (28 HR, 31 SB)
Upton put together one of his best seasons in 2012, coming just two homers shy of becoming the first Rays player to join the 30-30 club. Upton's 31 stolen bases that year were impressive, but three times in his career he exceeded 40. His 28 homers in '12 were a personal high, and he clubbed them in the final year before he hit free agency. That offseason, Upton signed a massive multiyear contract with the Braves. 

Royals: 0
Closest call: Carlos Beltran, 2002 (29 HR, 35 SB)
There can't be a more credible close call here than an actual member of the 30-30 club, and despite coming just one homer shy in 2002, he went on to join the club two seasons later, in a year he was traded from the Royals to the Astros. 

Tigers: 0
Closest call: Kirk Gibson, 1985 (29 HR, 30 SB)
Gibson clubbed a career-high 29 in 1985, coming just one deep fly shy of being the lone Tiger in the franchise's rich history in the 30-30 club. 

Twins: 0
Closest call: Corey Koskie, 2001 (26 HR, 27 SB)
No Twins player has come all that close to joining the 30-30 club other than Koskie, who put together his best offensive year in 2001 but didn't reach either of the baselines.

White Sox: 0
Closest call: Magglio Ordonez, 2001 (31 HR, 25 SB)
The six-time All-Star had one of his best seasons in 2001, leading the team with 25 steals. No White Sox player has come all that more close to joining the club, though, before or since. 

Daniel Kramer is a reporter for MLB.com based in Denver. Follow him on Twitter at @DKramer_.

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