Stat of the Day: Gallen's swing-and-miss stuff

April 14th, 2021

MLB.com is keeping track of a Stat of the Day for the D-backs this season, highlighting a unique, interesting or fun nugget from each game.

April 13: A's 7, D-backs 5 -- Gallen a whiff machine in '21 debut
Making his first start of the year Tuesday, D-backs right-hander Zac Gallen picked up right where he left off last season. Coming off a hairline fracture in his right forearm, Gallen was limited to 82 pitches. His stuff, though, was as good as evidenced by the 12 swings and misses he got. That's the most he has drawn in his big league career on that few pitches.

April 12: A's 9, D-backs 5 -- Bumgarner's rare stretch
D-backs left-hander Madison Bumgarner allowed six runs Monday night against the A's. It was the third time in three starts this year that Bumgarner has allowed five or more earned runs. Prior to this stretch, Bumgarner had never allowed five or more earned runs in more than two straight starts and that has only happened three times in his career.

April 11: D-backs 7, Reds 0 -- Weaver flirts with no-no
D-backs right-hander Luke Weaver held a no-hitter through 6 1/3 innings against the Reds before settling for seven shutout innings. It was just the second time in his career that he has thrown more than six innings of shutout baseball. The other was on Aug. 23, 2017, against the Padres while he was pitching for the Cardinals.

April 10: D-backs 8, Reds 3 -- Can't catch Locastro
Tim Locastro's sixth-inning stolen base was his second of the year and he has now been successful in the first 28 stolen base attempts of his Major League career. That moves him ahead of Tim Raines for the most successful stolen bases to open a career since 1951. Raines was safe in his first 27 attempts from 1979-81.

April 9: Reds 6, D-backs 5 -- Chase Field welcomes 19,385 fans for opener
The D-backs sold out their home opener vs. the Reds. It was the first time since Sept. 29, 2019, that fans have been allowed inside Chase Field for a game, a span of 558 days.

April 8: Rockies 7, D-backs 3 -- Bats awaiting wake-up call
The D-backs were no-hit for the first six innings at Coors Field. Three of the key contributors in their lineup have struggled so far this year. Veterans David Peralta, Christian Walker and Eduardo Escobar have combined to hit .138 (11-for-80). Escobar's ninth-inning home run was only the second among the trio this season.

April 7: Rockies 8, D-backs 0 -- A rare Coors shutout
The D-backs' 8-0 loss to the Rockies at Coors Field on Wednesday night marked just the second time in the 202 games they've played there in which they failed to score a run. The only other time was a 5-0 loss on July 3, 2009.

April 6: D-backs 10, Rockies 8 (13) -- Historic MLB debut
Matt Peacock became the first pitcher since Marino Pieretti in 1945 to debut in an extra-innings game, record a hit and pick up the win. The 27-year-old rookie logged three innings, allowing two unearned runs with one hit, one walk and one strikeout to end the game.

April 4: D-backs 3, Padres 1 -- Widener's scoreless start
In his first start of his big league career, Taylor Widener held the Padres scoreless through six in the D-backs' 3-1 win. Last year the D-backs got six or more scoreless innings from a starter just three times. Merrill Kelly did it once and Zac Gallen twice. The last time someone other than Kelly or Gallen did that for Arizona was Alex Young on Sept. 7, 2019, against the Reds.

April 3: Padres 7, D-backs 0 -- Looking for a 'W'
It has been a rough start for the D-backs. After falling, 7-0, to the Padres, they are 0-3. That's just the fourth time in franchise history that they've opened a regular season 0-3. The other years were 1998, '99 and 2014.

April 2: Padres 4, D-backs 2 -- Locastro sterling on basepaths
D-backs outfielder Tim Locastro stole second base in the seventh inning against the Padres. It was his 27th steal in his big league career, and he has yet to be caught once. That matches Tim Raines for the most consecutive successful steal attempts to open a Major League career since 1951. Raines' streak went from 1979-81, while he was with the Montreal Expos.

April 1: Padres 8, D-backs 7 -- Historic fifth inning
The D-backs put together a six-run rally in the fifth inning thanks to home runs by Ketel Marte, Asdrúbal Cabrera, Tim Locastro and Stephen Vogt. It was the first time in baseball history that a team hit four home runs in one inning on Opening Day.