Latest Merrill Kelly News

D-backs trending up, striving to catch Dodgers

Sep. 30, 2019 7:55 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Diamondbacks lost some of their best players to trades or free agency over the past 12 months. They went ahead and won 85 games anyway. It was an encouraging season for Arizona, which hung around the NL wild-card race deep into September and finished with an 85-77 record despite...

Cards fall short in 9th, NL Central lead cut, Dbacks win 9-7

Sep. 25, 2019 9:58 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — A lineup of almost all reserves wasn't enough for the St. Louis Cardinals against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Pinch-hitter Paul Goldschmidt grounded into a game-ending double play with two runners on base and the NL Central-leading Cardinals fell short during a ninth-inning rally, losing to...

Vargas hits game-winner in 19th, D-backs top Cards 3-2

Sep. 25, 2019 5:38 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona had ample reasons to be a beaten-down ballclub one day after being officially eliminated from the National League playoff race. Instead, the Diamondbacks powered through 19 innings of baseball, used 13 pitchers and earned an unlikely 3-2 win over the St. Louis Cardinals in a game...

Kelly throws 7 strong innings, Arizona routs Padres 9-0

Sep. 21, 2019 2:36 AM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Merrill Kelly is putting a strong finish on his rookie season with the Arizona Diamondbacks. The 30-year-old right-hander pitched seven dominant innings and Josh Rojas hit a three-run double in the seven-run eighth for the Diamondbacks, who beat the lackluster San Diego Padres 9-0 Friday...

Diamondbacks bounce back with 5-4 win over Marlins

Sep. 19, 2019 12:31 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — A bullpen blowup put the Arizona Diamondbacks in a tough spot Tuesday night. A next-day bounce back keeps their slim NL wild-card hopes alive. Mike Leake worked effectively through traffic into the seventh inning, Domingo Leyba had two RBIs and the Diamondbacks rebounded from an ugly loss to...

Diamondbacks snap 6-game skid with 1-0 win over Reds

Sep. 15, 2019 12:02 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Nick Ahmed smacked the ball down the left-field line and was running hard from the moment he left the batter's box. When Cincinnati's Josh VanMeter slightly misplayed the ball in the corner, the Arizona shortstop accelerated around second and slid into third with a triple. He would be the...

Votto, VanMeter go deep, Reds beat sinking Diamondbacks 4-3

Sep. 14, 2019 1:31 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Joey Votto turned 36 years old earlier this week and has battled a bad back that sent him to the injured list for a decent chunk of August. But if age is starting to catch up with him, it's hard to tell. Votto and Josh VanMeter both hit two-run homers, Luis Castillo pitched five solid...

Alonso, deGrom lead Mets past Diamondbacks 3-1

Sep. 10, 2019 1:46 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Pete Alonso hit two home runs to take the major league lead, Jacob deGrom struck out 11 and the New York Mets beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 3-1 Monday night in the opener of a crucial four-game series for both teams. The Diamondbacks slipped to 2 ½ games behind the Cubs for the second...

Alonso hits 46th, 47th HRs as deGrom, Mets beat D-backs 3-1

Sep. 10, 2019 1:45 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Pete Alonso sent a couple more pitches flying into the seats while Jacob deGrom's tosses kept darting in and out of the strike zone. It all added up to a crucial win for the Mets. Alonso hit two homers to take sole possession of the major league lead, deGrom struck out 11 and New York beat...

LEADING OFF: Cubs' Russell hit in face, D-backs face deGrom

Sep. 9, 2019 3:04 AM EDT

A look at what's happening around the majors today: SHORT STUFF The Cubs are awaiting word on Addison Russell after the infielder was hit in the face by a fastball Sunday. Russell remained in the game for a bit before being pulled as a precaution. The Cubs say he has a nasal contusion and is under evaluation for...