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Versatile Descalso proving his worth to D-backs

Utility man delivers a pair of run-scoring singles vs. Phillies
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PHOENIX -- After delivering a walk-off single to push the D-backs past the Phillies on Sunday, Arizona's Daniel Descalso came back with an encore performance on Monday. Arizona closed out its series with a 6-1 victory over the Phillies, and Descalso led the charge with a 2-for-4 showing at the plate while playing his third position in as many days. For the series, Descalso went 8-for-17 with five RBIs and scored twice.

"I've just been trying to stick to my approach; get good pitches to hit, send it to the good part of the field and just keep it simple," Descalso said. "I've been having good at-bats lately, but you have to come up with guys on base in order to drive in runs. We talk about team at-bats and giving it to the next guy and I think we did that again today."

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PHOENIX -- After delivering a walk-off single to push the D-backs past the Phillies on Sunday, Arizona's Daniel Descalso came back with an encore performance on Monday. Arizona closed out its series with a 6-1 victory over the Phillies, and Descalso led the charge with a 2-for-4 showing at the plate while playing his third position in as many days. For the series, Descalso went 8-for-17 with five RBIs and scored twice.

"I've just been trying to stick to my approach; get good pitches to hit, send it to the good part of the field and just keep it simple," Descalso said. "I've been having good at-bats lately, but you have to come up with guys on base in order to drive in runs. We talk about team at-bats and giving it to the next guy and I think we did that again today."

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Video: PHI@ARI: Descalso singles in Owings to extend lead

Descalso drove in half of Arizona's runs within the first three innings on a day when D-backs ace Zack Greinke ran into trouble. After Chris Owings led off the bottom of the second with a double, Descalso hit a single to left to push the Arizona lead to 2-0. An inning later, he added a single to right to score David Peralta and Jake Lamb, sparking the D-backs' three-run inning.

The versatility Descalso provided throughout the series is nothing new; he has made starts at first, second and third base while also playing left field this year, and has hit in five different spots in the Arizona lineup.

"We've done it all year long," Arizona manager Torey Lovullo said. "We've played good baseball despite plugging in different players. They're all engaged and they're all ready. They know their roles and they understand what they've got to do to help this team win a moment. If they can't, they're [going to] hand it off to the next guy. It's very powerful, this is a tight group that cares about one another and they showed up today."

Descalso filled in for Paul Goldschmidt at first base on Monday after spelling Jake Lamb at third on Sunday, providing rest days for two of Arizona's potential All-Stars. The D-backs have been able to plug-and-play the eight-year veteran wherever he is needed to fit in with a lineup that is already versatile. 

"That's key for this ballclub and I think Daniel was brought in here to do that," Lovullo said. "He continues to impress me because he slows the game down in any and every way. Defensively, offensively, any moment. It can be a high-leverage moment with the game on the line, and that's something that I love about him. I just know that whenever I put him in that situation he's [going to] do his absolute best to stick to the plan and execute."

Jarrid Denney is a reporter for MLB.com based in Phoenix.

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