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Final 1 2 3   4 5 6   7 8 9   R H E
Chi Cubs0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 3 442
Arizona0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 280
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  W: M. Givens (3-0)   L: M. Melancon (0-5)   S: R. Wick (3)
5:10 PM PT6:10 PM MT7:10 PM CT8:10 PM ET20:10 ET0:10 GMT8:10 5:10 PM MST7:10 PM EST7:40 PM VEN4:10 UAE (+1)6:10 PM CT, May 14, 2022
Chase Field, Phoenix, Arizona  Attendance: 25,169

Diamondbacks look to top Cubs, win fourth straight series

According to STATS
According to STATS

Chicago Cubs at Arizona Diamondbacks

  1. The Cubs have won each of their last five road series against Arizona, which is their longest active such streak. The last time the team had a longer road series win streak against a single team was a six-series run against the Mets that ended in 1991.
  2. Chicago is coming off a 7-5 win over the Padres despite allowing 12 hits. The Cubs had lost 35 consecutive games when allowing 12+ hits and came into the game as the only MLB team without a win in the last three seasons when giving up that many hits.
  3. Willson Contreras is one of two MLB players currently leading his team outright in hits, runs, batting average, slugging percentage and on-base percentage, joining San Diego's Manny Machado.
  4. Despite being 17-15, Arizona batters are hitting .199 in 2022, which is the worst batting average for an MLB team through 32 games since the 1968 Yankees hit .190. In the modern era, the D-Backs are the first team to have a winning record and a sub-.200 batting average through 32 games of a season.
  5. Arizona starters have an ERA of 2.43 in 2022 (second best in MLB) while its relievers have an ERA 0f 4.97 (third worst in MLB). The 2.54 ERA difference is the biggest such difference (in favor of starters) this season in the bigs with the next highest split being 0.92 by the Dodgers.
  6. In his 25 plate appearances in May, Jordan Luplow has four home runs and has an OPS of 1.264. In his previous two months of action (September 2021 and April 2022), Luplow had three homers in 53 plate appearances and had an OPS of .782.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 5/13/2022 thru 5/15/2022

The Arizona Diamondbacks will try to win their fourth consecutive series when they host the Chicago Cubs on Saturday night in Phoenix.

Arizona opened the three-game series with a 4-3 victory on Friday night, the team's eighth win in the last 10 games.

Ketel Marte led the way with three hits, including a pair of doubles, and Josh Rojas scored what proved to be the winning run on a wild pitch in the fourth inning.

It was the seventh loss in the last nine games for Chicago, which hasn't won consecutive games since April 17-18.

The Cubs will turn to right-hander Kyle Hendricks (2-3, 4.38 ERA) on Saturday, with Arizona countering with right-hander Zac Gallen (2-0, 0.95).

Hendricks is coming off a 6-0 win at San Diego on Monday, allowing just three singles over 8 2/3 innings and coming within one out from pitching his first complete-game shutout since July 24, 2020.

Hendricks, who talked manager David Ross into allowing him to go out for the ninth on Monday, left after issuing a two-out walk to Jake Cronenworth and throwing 116 pitches. Scott Effross then got Manny Machado to ground out to end the game.

"I felt really good," Hendricks said. "I established my fastball down in the zone. There were a couple of hard-hit balls, but they were down -- not up over the middle of the plate where it could hurt."

"It's amazing. I love watching Kyle pitch," said shortstop Nico Hoerner, who sat out Friday's loss to rest a sore right ankle. "Obviously, his style of pitching isn't common in the game anymore. It's just incredible to see a guy with a mastery of his craft like that against not just any team, but a really strong lineup in their ballpark."

Hendricks is 4-2 with a 3.12 ERA in seven career starts against the Diamondbacks, including 3-1 with a 3.76 ERA in four starts at Chase Field.

Gallen has won his last two starts against Miami and Colorado after garnering a no-decision against the Dodgers on April 27. He has allowed just two earned runs and 12 hits over 19 1/3 innings during that span while walking two and striking out 17.

Gallen pitched seven shutout innings in his last start, a 4-0 win over Colorado on Sunday. He allowed five hits and didn't walk a batter while striking out seven. He left after throwing 92 pitches, 61 for strikes.

"My job is to hang zeros and give our offense a chance to squeeze some runs for us," Gallen said. "Felt good and sharper as the game went along."

Gallen hasn't given up more than two runs or five hits in any of his five starts this season. He is 0-1 with a 7.45 ERA in two career starts against the Cubs.

"He's on a good run," Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said. "It's because of the hard work and everything he's doing when nobody is watching. He's executing. That's the name of the game. He's dotting up his fastball. His secondary stuff, I'm sure, is tunneling very, very well. It's deceptive and it's powerful. He's on a great run."

--Field Level Media

Updated May 14, 2022

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