Arrieta opened inning two with a fastball up the middle and one on the outside for a quick 0-2 count against counterpart Trevor Richards. Richards had nothing, whiffing at the third strike of the at bat.
Dietrich, hitting .270 for the season, watched strike one and swung at strike two on the inside half of the plate. Arrieta then broke the “perfect inning” chance, bouncing his third pitch three feet in front of the plate. The next pitch, high in the zone, was popped into center field where CF Herrera collected it easily.
Rojas took the first pitch of his at bat high and inside, then the second low for a 2-0 count. The next pitch was fouled on the ground to the third base side, then ball three came in low and outside. The next pitch, slightly inside, was driven down the third base side on the ground. Rojas bounced the next pitch to shortstop J.P. Crawford for the third out.
Crawford took a mighty swing at Richards’ first pitch of the second, but Richards was far outside and fooled the shortstop. Crawford took ball one and three low and inside and ball two high and outside. The next pitch, right down the middle, was fouled out of play to the left side. With a full count, Crawford grounded into the shift, right at Castro for a 4-3 play.
Arrieta, who won a Silver Slugger and carries a .175 career batting average, took strike one inside the zone, then fouled two behind the plate and out of play. He drove the next pitch into middle right field, where Lee collected it for the second out of the inning.
Hernandez, who if you’ll remember hit a leadoff double in the first inning, took ball one and ball two outside to start the plate appearance. Richards sent pitch number three low, and went right down the middle as Hernandez took strike one. Pitch number five of the at bat was below the zone, and Hernandez took first.
Santana, who hit a sacrifice fly-RBI in the first inning to score Hernandez, took strike one on the outside corner then attempted a bunt on the next pitch. After connecting, the ball popped in the air past third base and foul for strike two. The next pitch was at eye level for ball one, and Santana drove the next pitch into center field for Brinson to collect for the third out of the inning.