Arizona Diamondbacks start 3-game series in Cincinnati tonight

ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS (6-10) at CINCINNATI REDS (9-6)
RHP Zac Gallen (0-0, 2.25) vs. RHP Luis Castillo (1-1, 7.04)
Tue., April 20, 2021 • 3:40 p.m. AZT • Great American Ball Park • Cincinnati, OH
Bally Sports Arizona • ESPN Radio 620 AM • TUDN Radio 105.1 FM
Game No. 17 • Road Game No. 12 • Home: 2-3 • Road: 4-7

HERE’S THE STORY: The D-backs will be playing @ Reds for the
fi rst time since Sept. 8, 2019.
♦Arizona took 2 of 3 games vs. Cincinnati on April 9-11.
♦The D-backs have won 3 of their last 4 games @ Reds.
♦Pavin Smith is the fi rst D-back starting fi rst baseman to
bat leadoff since Phil Gosselin on Aug. 28, 2016 vs. Reds.

HAPPY RETIREMENT: The D-backs would like to congratulate
former Reds’ All-Star Jay Bruce on his outstanding career…
Bruce announced his retirement on Sunday.
♦Bruce hit .203 with 11 home runs and 30 RBI in 64 career
games vs. Arizona.

TODAY’S YOUR BIRTHDAY!: D-backs third-base coach Tony Perezchica turned 55 today.

HERE’S TO A SPEEDY RECOVERY: Darnell Coles, D-backs hitting
coach, is not with the team on this trip after tearing his
right Achilles tendon during the club’s recent homestand
and undergoing surgery on Friday.

GALLEN SINCE HIS DEBUT: Zac Gallen’s 2.77 ERA (48 ER in 156.0
IP) since his Major League debut on June 20, 2019 is the
sixth lowest in the Majors during that span (min. 150.0 IP):
BEST ERA IN MLB SINCE JUNE 20, 2019 (MIN. 150.0 IP): 1.84 – Jacob deGrom; 2.07 – Gerrit Cole; 2.40 – Shane Bieber; 2.69 – John Flaherty; 2.71 – Clayton Kershaw; 2.77 – Zac Gallen
♦Luis Castillo, tonight’s Reds starter, owns a 4.16 ERA (87
ER in 188.1 IP) in the same time frame.

HOMER HAPPY: The D-backs are tied for fi fth in the NL with 22
home runs (also: Cubs).
♦ Arizona hit only 11 home runs in its fi rst 16 games in
2020.


‘O SOLE MIO: 7 of Arizona’s last 8 home runs have been solo
shots.


ESCOBAR’S POWER SURGE: Eduardo Escobar has homered in 6
on his last 10 games.
♦He has already eclipsed his home run total from 2020 (4
HR in 54 games).
♦Escobar’s 6 home runs in April are a monthly best…previous April high was 5 in 2019.

TOUCHING ALL THE BASES
YOU GET A GIVEAWAY…YOU GET A GIVEAWAY: Each of the next 2
homestands will feature a promotional item giveaway…a
D-backs Graffi ti Art Cap will be distributed April 30 – May 2
courtesy of Pepsi and a Ketel Marte Switch-Hitter bobblehead will be given to fans in attendance May 14-16, courtesy of Gila River Hotels & Casinos…each of the giveaways
are for the fi rst 5,000 fans in attendance.
• The Marte giveaway features 2 diff erent bobbleheads – 1
batting left-handed and the other batting right-handed, with each fan randomly receiving 1 or the other.
• The Graffi ti Art Cap features a design under the bill created by local Arizona artist Lalo Cota.

CATCHING ON: D-backs catchers are hitting .278 (15-for54)/.996 OPS with 5 home runs this season.
♦The D-backs rank second with a .996 OPS as a catcher and
are tied for second with 5 home runs:
CLUB OPS CLUB HR
Reds ……………………….1.063 Tigers ……………………………7
D-backs ………………996 D-backs …………………. 5
Tigers ……………………… .948 Cubs ……………………………..5
Phillies ……………………. .944 3 teams at …………………….4

PERALTA CLIMBING THE CHARTS: David Peralta is currently tied
with Stephen Drew (776) for fi fth place on the club’s alltime hit list.
♦Peralta also needs 1 home run to break a tie with Jay Bell
(91) and gain sole possession of ninth place in franchise
history.


ROOKIES READY TO CONTRIBUTE: D-backs rookie pitchers have
combined to go 3-0 with a 1.89 ERA (7 ER in 33.1 IP) in 8
games (4 starts) this season (Taylor Widener, Riley Smith
and Matt Peacock [currently at Alternate Training Site]).

NEXT STARTER: RHP MERRILL KELLY (1-2, 8.44)
♦ Will be making his fourth straight road start.
♦Earned the victory in his last start on April 15 @ Nationals
(6 ER in 6.0 IP)…was his fi rst win since Aug. 14, 2020.
♦ Won his only start vs. Reds in a 1-0 game on Sept. 14,
2019 @ Chase Field, tossing 7.0 scoreless innings with 3
hits allowed, 2 walks and 5 strikeouts.

PROBABLE PITCHERS

@ REDS
April 21 – 3:40 p.m. Bally+ · 98.7 FM · 105.1 FM
RHP Merrill Kelly (1-2, 8.44) vs.
RHP Tyler Mahle (1-1, 1.93)
April 22 – 9:35 a.m. Bally · MLBN · 620 · 105.1
RHP Taylor Widener (1-0 1.59) vs.
RHP Jeff Hoff man (2-1, 2.93)

TRIP (2-2)

AVG/OBP/SLG ……………….. .206/.323/.397
RISP ……………………………….. .136 (3-for-22)
Team ERA ………………………………………… 3.93
Starters W-L-QS | ERA ………… 2-1-1 | 4.71
Bullpen W-L-SV | ERA …………. 0-1-1 | 2.70

RHP ZAC GALLEN ♦ #23 ♦ R/R ♦ 6-2/198 ♦ 25 (AUG. 3, 1995)

Zac Gallen

AT A GLANCE: Third season with the D-backs.
• Acquired on July 31, 2019 from the Marlins…split his debut season with the Marlins and D-backs in 2019.
• Cardinals’ third-round pick in the 2016 draft out of the
University of North Carolina.

LAST START: Did not factor in the decision in his 2021 debut
on April 13 vs. A’s, allowing 1 run over 4.0 innings.

VS. REDS: Will be making his second career start.
• Lost on Sept. 15, 2019 @ Chase Field (3 ER in 5.2 IP).

SINCE BECOMING A D-BACK : In 20 starts since his D-backs debut
on Aug. 7, 2019, is 5-5 with a 2.78 ERA (37 ER in 119.2 IP),
.216 opp. average and 143 strikeouts (10.75 K/9.0 IP).

ROAD REPORT: Has allowed 1 earned run or fewer in 5 of his
last 6 road starts dating back to 2020 (2.31 ERA; 9 ER in 35.0
IP).


2020 REVIEW: Tied for ninth in NL Cy Young voting and named
the D-backs’ Most Valuable Pitcher by the Arizona BBWAA.
• In 12 starts, went 3-2 with a 2.75 ERA (22 ER in 72.0 IP), 82
strikeouts, .210 opponent average and 1.11 WHIP.
• 8 of 22 earned runs came in 2 consecutive innings (4 runs
in the sixth inning on Sept. 7 @ Giants [no outs recorded]
and 4 runs in the fi rst inning on Sept. 12 vs. Mariners).

23 SET MLB RECORD AT 23: Set the Major League record by allowing 3 or fewer earned runs in each of his fi rst 23 career
games (all starts, no relief appearances)…previous best
was 21 games by Aaron Sele/Red Sox (June 23, 1993-April
19, 1994) [source: Elias Sports Bureau].


23: Switched to uniform No. 23 prior to 2020…grew up a
big fan of Michael Jordan and wore No. 23 for his sophomore and junior seasons for the Tarheels.

CAREER HIGHS

INNINGS: ……….. 7.0, 5x, last: 8/17/20 vs. OAK
STRIKEOUTS: …….. 9, 3x, last: 7/31/20 vs. LAD
SCORELESS INNINGS STREAK: …………..10.0 IP,
8/30-9/10/19
HITLESS INNINGS TO START: ……………….6.1 IP,
9/4/19 vs. SD (M. Machado single)

STATCAST

PITCH PCT. AVG.
4-seamer………58.5 ……….. .143
Cutter …………..17.1 ……….. .250
Changeup ……. 14.6 ……….. .250
Curve ……………..9.8 ……….. .000

CAREER RECORD
YEAR W-L ERA G-S IP H R ER HR BB SO AVG WHIP
2020 3-2 2.75 12-12 72.0 55 24 22 9 25 82 .210 1.11
2021 0-0 2.25 1-1 4.0 3 1 1 1 2 8 .188 1.25
Totals 6-8 2.77 28-28 156.0 120 51 48 18 63 186 .210 1.17

2021 STARTS
DATE OPP RESULT W/L ERA IP H R ER HR BB SO TP
4/13 vs. OAK L, 5-7 – 2.25 4.0 3 1 1 1 2 8 82
Totals 0-0 2.25 4.0 3 1 1 1 2 8

VS. REDS

PLAYER AB H 2B 3B HR RBI AVG
Barnhart 3 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Hoff man 1 1 0 0 0 0 1.000
Suárez 2 2 0 0 2 2 1.000

VS. REDS

Overall: 2021: 2-1 All-Time: 73-77
Home: 2021: 2-1 All-Time: 33-41
Road: 2021: 0-0 All-Time: 40-36

DATE H/R SCORE WIN LOSS
4/9 H L, 5-6 (10) Pérez Young
4/10 H W, 8-3 R. Smith Hoff man
4/11 H W, 7-0 Weaver De León
DATE H/R SCORE WIN LOSS
4/20 R 3:40 p.m.
4/21 R 3:40 p.m.
4/22 R 9:35 p.m.

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

*Post-game transaction
DATE PLAYER TRANSACTION
4/18 J.B. Bukauskas Recalled from Alternate Training
Site
Tim Locastro Placed on the 10-day injured list
(dislocated left little fi nger)
Anthony Swarzak Designated for assignment
4/17 Nick Heath Acquired from Royals for RHP
Eduardo Herrera
Jeremy Beasley Designated for assignment
4/13 Zac Gallen Reinstated from the 10-day injured list (right forearm hairline
stress fracture of radial head)

INJURED LIST

10-DAY IL: Tim Locastro (dislocated left little fi nger), Ketel
Marte (right hamstring strain), Joakim Soria (strained left calf),
Christian Walker (strained right oblique)
60-DAY IL: Tyler Clippard (right shoulder sprained capsule

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