Thursday, December 7

Varsho’s 3-run homer seals Diamondbacks’ 6-2 win over Giants

PHOENIX (AP) — Josh Rojas planted the two-strike bunt seed in spring training after realizing, with his speed, he’d have better odds laying one down than swinging away.

Despite the analytics in his favor, the Arizona third baseman had yet to attempt it this season, worried about looking foolish if the ball rolled foul for a strikeout.

A pep talk from his dad convinced Rojas he should try. San Francisco’s infield shift gave him the opportunity — and he pulled it off perfectly.

Rojas jump-started Arizona’s five-run eighth inning with a two-strike bunt single and Daulton Varsho capped it with a three-run homer, helping the Diamondbacks extend the Giants’ losing streak to six games with a 6-2 win Tuesday night.

“The scariest part is when you bunt and it goes foul, you look like an idiot,” Rojas said. “If you can get past that and you look at strictly the numbers and get half of them in play — I think I could probably get more than half — you’re increasing your 0-2 batting average from .100-.200 to .500-.600.”

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