After missing much of 2019 due to injury and suffering an MLB-worst nine losses in 2020, Luke Weaver is starting 2021 off on a high note. The promising starting pitcher for the Arizona Diamondbacks was acquired from the St. Louis Cardinals as part of the Paul Goldschmidt trade. Weaver made one of the best outings of his career on Sunday against the Cincinnati Reds, who had only lost one game in 2021 before their series at Chase Field.
Weaver struck out eight Reds batters over 7.0 IP with just one hit and one walk allowed, taking a no-hitter into the 7th inning before giving up a one-out single to Eugenio Suárez (box score). The D-backs starter received plenty of run support from the Diamondbacks offense, who scored seven runs on 13 hits, including a three-run bomb by David Peralta and a two-run shot by Eduardo Escobar. Escobar has hit one home run in each of the last four games.
Weaver’s performance helped power Arizona to its first series victory of the season. They will host the Oakland Athletics for a two-game set beginning tonight at 9:40 PM ET. Chris Bassitt will take the mound against decorated MLB veteran Madison Bumgarner.
Featured Image: PHOENIX, ARIZONA/UNITED STATES- JANUARY 9, 2018: A View of Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona. Built in the center of Phoenix and opened in 1998, home field to the Arizona Diamondbacks of Major League Baseball by Harold Stiver / Shutterstock.com.