‘Downhill baseball’ leads Nick Ahmed, Diamondbacks to win over Giants

By Richard Morin | Arizona Republic

You’ve heard Torey Lovullo talk about “downhill baseball,” but what does it really mean?

The idea is that, if you score runs early, players can take the stress off themselves and just play naturally. As a byproduct, the offense can feel comfortable and gradually tack on runs throughout the game before handing off the lead to the bullpen.

For Lovullo, it’s a strategy that the second-year Diamondbacks manager preaches. And on Saturday, it was executed to perfection as the club captured a 9-3 win over the San Francisco Giants at Chase Field.

For the second straight game, the Diamondbacks scored five runs in the first inning and never looked back. They coasted down the hill on consecutive nights and now hold a 2-1 lead in the four-game series.

BOX SCORE: Diamondbacks 9, Giants 3

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