Chris Owings homers as Diamondbacks rout Netherlands

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Chris Owings homers as Diamondbacks rout Netherlands

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Chris Owings homers as Diamondbacks rout Netherlands

Diamondbacks 12, Netherlands 5

At Salt River Fields

At the plate: Though they ran out a lineup with hardly any everyday players, the Diamondbacks had little trouble with the Netherlands pitching staff, racking up 14 hits and drawing five walks. SS Chris Owings had another good day at the plate, hitting a couple of balls hard, including a solo homer he drove onto the berm in left field in the fourth inning. “He’s balanced, he’s down through the baseball, using the entire field and the results are there because of the hard work he’s putting in,” manager Torey Lovullo said. “He’s in the middle of the competition with two other shortstops, and he’s been doing great.” 3B Daniel Descalso and 2B Kris Negron also had a pair of hits apiece.

On the mound: LHP Jorge De La Rosa followed RHP Zack Greinke by tossing a scoreless sixth inning, though he did have to work around back-to-back walks to start the inning. De La Rosa hit 94 mph multiple times with his fastball. RHP J.J. Hoover gave up a two-run homer to LF Kalian Sams, who launched a curveball out to left field. That came after an error by 3B Carlos Rivero that should have ended the inning. “Probably just a flattened out mistake that cost him,” Lovullo said. “Besides that one mistake, I thought it was a very effective outing.”

Extra bases: Moments before the game started, clubhouse assistant Jimmy Garrett went onto the field to deliver Greinke a new hat. What was wrong with his old one? “I accidentally put it in the sink and the automatic water dispenser put it all over my hat,” Greinke said. “It was all wet. So I needed a new hat.”

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