PHOENIX -- Baseball is a game of individual matchups between the pitcher and the hitter, but good offensive teams find a way to link their at-bats, stacking one tough battle on top of another to wear a pitcher down.That approach was evident Wednesday night as the D-backs used a relentless
PHOENIX -- Baseball is a game of individual matchups between the pitcher and the hitter, but good offensive teams find a way to link their at-bats, stacking one tough battle on top of another to wear a pitcher down.
That approach was evident Wednesday night as the D-backs used a relentless offensive attack to down the Giants, 8-6, at Chase Field.
"You're seeing pitches, you're making a pitcher uncomfortable," D-backs outfielder A.J. Pollock said in explaining the approach. "When you're facing really good pitchers, you can't let them off the hook, you can't have one guy that's out there doing his own thing. That's how I feel like you get those really good pitchers -- you keep battling and battling.
"Maybe they get an out against one guy in front of you but maybe he really made him work and got him uncomfortable, and then on the next guy he leaves a pitch right there."
The first two times through the order Wednesday against Matt Moore, the D-backs had just one run to show for their efforts.
During that time, though, there was constant conversation on the bench about Moore's release point, the angle of his pitches, how to approach him, what was working and what wasn't.
"I'm really impressed with the amount of talk between guys about what they want to do, the amount of support they're offering to one another," D-backs manager Torey Lovullo said. "I just think one person can be a catalyst and just gets that ball rolling. I think that's what really good offensive teams do -- they never feel like they're out of any game. They just keep pushing and plowing."
The third time and fourth time through the order is when the D-backs did their damage, scoring three runs in the fifth, two in the sixth and two more in the seventh.
Pollock, Paul Goldschmidt, Jake Lamb, Chris Owings and Brandon Drury have all played together, some as far back as the Minor Leagues. Over time they've developed relationships based on trust where they can share openly.
"Sometimes it takes a couple of years to really feel like you can open up and not just have surface conversations with guys," Pollock said. "Just feeling like you can really share stuff. Whether it's right or wrong, just kind of getting stuff out in the open, guys will relate to that because this game is really tough. Have guys just talk and be open is a really big thing."
Steve Gilbert has covered the D-backs for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB.