Geraldo Perdomo's heroics rescue Diamondbacks in win over Rockies

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Diamondbacks rookie Geraldo Perdomo muscled a two-strike single over the second baseman’s head, driving home the tying and go-ahead runs. An inning later, he lunged to his left, popped to his feet and fired a strike to first to keep the potential tying run off base.

Perdomo rose to the occasion in the final two innings of the Diamondbacks’ 6-5 win over the Colorado Rockies, providing the sort of developmental moments that might carry significance as the team plays out its schedule over the final two months of the season.

The Diamondbacks are on pace to win 72 games. They are not in contention for a playoff spot. Their games, by and large, are not meaningful.

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What matters most about this Diamondbacks’ season are the things that will help determine when the organization fields its next winning team. That includes the development of players like Perdomo.

In recent weeks, he has begun to hit more balls hard and on a line. People around the team have begun to see a more reliable defender at shortstop.

On neither side of the ball do his results fully support these developments. His batting average is still hovering around .200 and he still ranks among the worst shortstops in the majors in outs above average. But with two months remaining in the season, time still remains for Perdomo to show what he is capable of doing, something he did in the final two innings on Friday.

With two out and runners on second and third, Perdomo worked the count full against Rockies reliever Alex Colome in the eighth inning before fighting off a cutter and dropping it into shallow right-center field.

“He threw me something a little middle away,” Perdomo said. “I tried to hit it to the middle of the field and I did it well.”

With one out in the ninth, he dived to his left to pick up C.J. Cron’s hard-hit ground ball, then popped to his feet and threw to complete the play.

Perdomo smiled when asked if that were the best play he had made in his major league career.

“We can say yes,” he said. “I’ve made some really good plays, but bottom of the ninth, up by one. (Considering) the moment, yes.”

When the team was in Cleveland earlier in the week, Perdomo asked third baseman Josh Rojas when he finally started to comfortable at the plate.

“I was telling him, ‘The more at-bats you get under your belt the better your confidence will be,’” Rojas said. “I think he’s really starting to feel that right now. Feeling real confident up there and not on the other side, where you’re scared to get out. You’ve got to go up there and believe in your process and believe what your approach is. I think he’s doing that right now and getting rewarded with some big hits.”

Perdomo struggled through much of the 2021 season, at one point getting sent back from his Double-A team to the Diamondbacks spring training facility. He wound up finishing the year strong, an experience he said helped him coming into this year.

“It was kind of hard,” he said. “I’m glad we got through that. That helped me. I started a little bit slow (this year), we can tell the truth, but my confidence is still high. I feel at peace. That’s the most important thing. I get on base and try to do my job every single day.”

Notes

Left-hander Madison Bumgarner avoided third-base umpire Dan Bellino on Friday, opting instead to have the home-plate umpire, Mark Ripperger, conduct a check of his hand for a foreign substance.

During a game in Miami in May, Bellino ejected Bumgarner after the two had a brief and heated exchange while Bellino conducted a check of Bumgarner’s hand. Bellino stared at Bumgarner, never looking at his hand, seemingly trying to get a rise out of the pitcher.

Bumgarner did not go near Bellino on Friday.

“No way,” Bumgarner said. “No way, not putting myself in that position again. No way. Won’t do it.”

He added: “I just told (Ripperger), ‘If you guys want to check my hand, you can do it, but I’m not letting him do it. Won’t do it.’ I’m not holding a grudge. I haven’t even thought about him. But I’m not forgetting, either. I don’t have any bad wishes towards him, but you don’t get to do that again.”

*Manager Torey Lovullo motioned toward the sky after the final out, a small gesture to remember Nicole Hazen, who died on Thursday. She was the wife of Diamondbacks General Manager Mike Hazen. “I think there’s a little piece of Nicole Hazen in this win today,” Lovullo said.

Reach Piecoro at (602) 444-8680 or nick.piecoro@arizonarepublic.com. Follow him on Twitter @nickpiecoro.

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