DENVER -- The ball went into the air, a routine fly ball to right in the eighth inning, and Brandon Drury slammed his bat in disgust.By the looks of it, you would think Drury was having a bad night, but in reality, the D-backs second baseman was already four RBIs
DENVER -- The ball went into the air, a routine fly ball to right in the eighth inning, and Brandon Drury slammed his bat in disgust.
By the looks of it, you would think Drury was having a bad night, but in reality, the D-backs second baseman was already four RBIs into what would be a career-high six-RBI night that helped lead the D-backs past the Rockies, 16-5, on Wednesday night at Coors Field.
For Drury, that kind of intensity is just his standard operating procedure.
"It was a big game," Drury said. "I think every game we play is a big game. A 162-game season is long, no doubt, but we're trying to win every game we play. Playing the Rockies right now, we're both hot and it's a big series, for sure, so hopefully we win the series tomorrow."
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The D-backs came into the game facing a question they did not have a good answer for: How could a prolific offensive team like theirs have scored just nine runs in four games at Coors Field this year?
In fact, in the May 6 game against the Rockies, the D-backs hit just two balls out of the infield all game.
But with hard hit after hard hit during a 10-run fourth inning, the D-backs exorcised those demons.
"We've got a special offense," Drury said when asked about breaking out at Coors Field. "One through nine, I think we're really special so I don't think home and away is going to have much effect. It's early in the season -- the numbers are going to be a little bit exaggerated, so we've got a long season left and it's going to even out."
The 10 runs on nine hits in the fourth were the most runs and hits in an inning on the road in franchise history.
Drury had arguably the key at-bat in the fourth when he doubled home the first two runs of the frame. It came after he took a tough 2-2 pitch from Jeff Hoffman before lining the 3-2 offering into the gap in left-center.
Drury also capped the inning with an RBI single to center.
There were no cheap hits in that inning, as nine of the balls the D-backs put in play had exit velocities of 100 mph or more, according to Statcast™. For reference, 95 mph and above is considered a hard-hit ball.
Amazingly, none of the hits in that inning went over the fence.
"That was really fun," said D-backs right fielder David Peralta, who tallied four hits in the game. "I started that inning and I went back up to hit and scored twice. I don't think I've ever done that in my life. And we didn't even homer or anything. It was a line drive and a base hit, and that's what we do. We have a good approach and we put the ball in play. When you put the ball in play, something is going to happen."
Steve Gilbert has covered the D-backs for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB.