Auburn native Tim Locastro didn't have a hit in his first four games of the week. He snapped out of the brief slump in his last two appearances with the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Monday, June 3: With Diamondbacks left fielder David Peralta off the injured list, Locastro went to the bench for the first of three games against the Los Angeles Dodgers, his former team and Arizona's National League West rival. The Diamondbacks lost the series opener 3-1. Locastro entered the game as a pinch-hitter in the ninth inning. He popped out to first in his lone plate appearance.
Tuesday, June 4: Locastro didn't start, but he entered the game after Diamondbacks right fielder Adam Jones left with an injury. Locastro went 0-for-2 at the plate and the Diamondbacks lost 9-0.
Wednesday, June 5: Locastro started in right field and batted eighth for the Diamondbacks. He went 0-for-3 at the plate and was hit by a pitch for the 10th time this season, tying him for second in the majors in that category. He scored the tying run on a Jarrod Dyson double, and the Diamondbacks went on to win 3-2.
Friday, June 7: After a day off for travel, the Diamondbacks kicked off a three-game series in Toronto. Locastro was drafted by the Blue Jays in 2013, but he was still working his way through the minor leagues when he was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2015.
Locastro started Friday's game. He batted eighth and played right field for the Diamondbacks. He went 0-for-4 at the plate. The Diamondbacks won the game 8-2.
Saturday, June 8: Locastro snapped of his mini-slump with a multi-hit game. He had two infield singles and a run in the Diamondbacks' 6-0 win over the Blue Jays. One of his infield singles came on what appeared to be a routine ground ball to third baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr. However, Locastro sprinted out of the batter's box and beat the throw to first.
It's the fourth multi-hit game of Locastro's major league career.
Sunday, June 9: Locastro capped off the week with a big hit. He came to the plate with the bases loaded in the third inning. On a 2-1 pitch, he cleared the bases with a three-run triple down the left field line. With one hit, he set a single-game high for runs batted in. It was his second triple of the season.
Locastro scored on Carson Kelly's two-run home run.
In the ninth inning, Locastro nearly hit his first major league home run. He drove a pitch to deep left-center field, but it was caught at the base of the wall. He missed a home run by a few feet.
Locastro had one hit and a walk in five plate appearances. The Diamondbacks won 8-2.
Stats for the week
Locastro: 3-for-19 (.158), a triple, 3 runs, 3 RBI, 1 walk, 1 hit-by-pitch
2019 season stats
Locastro: 16-for-64 (.250), 3 doubles, 2 triples, 15 runs, 7 RBI, 7 BB, 10 hit-by-pitches, 5 stolen bases
Other notable stats
• Locastro doesn't strike out much. He has struck out 10 times this season, and five of those came in April. In his 13 games, he has struck out only three times. He has been a tough out because of his ability to get the bat on the ball and his speed out of the batter's box.
• Locastro has 15 runs in 27 games this season. That's a 90-run pace in a 162-game season. Even though he's played in fewer games than most of his teammates, he is eighth on the team in that category.