It was a busy week for Auburn native Tim Locastro, and he made the most of his opportunities with the Arizona Diamondbacks. He continues to find a way to get on base and make plays for the big league club.
Monday, May 27: Diamondbacks lose to Colorado Rockies 4-3. Locastro didn't start the game, but entered as a pinch-runner and stole second base. It was his third stolen base of the season.
Tuesday, May 28: Locastro starts and plays left field. He went 2-for-3 with a double at the plate for his third career multi-hit game in the majors. He also was hit by a pitch for the eighth time this season. The Diamondbacks lost to the Rockies 6-2.
Wednesday, May 29: Locastro starts in center field and serves as the lead-off hitter for the Diamondbacks. He went 0-for-5 at the plate in the Diamondbacks' 5-4 loss to the Rockies.
Thursday, May 30: After a rough game Wednesday, Locastro bounced back. He went 1-for-4 with a triple and a walk in the Diamondbacks' 11-10 loss to the Rockies. He scored two runs in the game. He also flashed some leather in left field. He made two diving catches in the game.
Friday, May 31: Locastro starts in left field and goes 1-for-4 at the plate. He recorded his fourth stolen base of the season. The Diamondbacks lost to the New York Mets 5-4.
Saturday, June 1: This was one of Locastro's best performances yet — and he didn't start the game.
Locastro entered the game as a pinch-hitter in the eighth inning with the Diamondbacks losing to the Mets 5-1. He led off the inning by getting hit by a pitch — the ninth time that's happened this season. He is now third in the majors in that category.
Locastro scored on a Ketel Marte RBI single and the Diamondbacks would add three more runs in the inning to tie the game. Locastro remained in the game and took over in left field.
Locastro came up again in the ninth inning and put himself in position to score the winning run. He walked and stole second, then advanced to third on a passed ball. But Marte flied out to end the inning.
Neither team scored in the 10th and the game went into the 11th inning. In the bottom half of the inning, Diamondbacks first baseman Kevin Cron doubled and advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt. The Mets intentionally walked Diamondbacks catcher Alex Avila to face Locastro. Avila advanced to second on defensive indifference.
With two runners in scoring position, Locastro hit a walk-off RBI single to deep left-center field. The Diamondbacks won the game 6-5.
Locastro finished the game 1-for-1 at the plate with a run scored and an RBI. He also walked, was hit by a pitch and stole a base.
Sunday, June 2: Locastro reached base twice in five plate appearances. He went 1-for-4 with a single and a walk. He scored on teammate Eduardo Escobar's 2-run home run in the first inning.
Stats for the week
Locastro: 6-for-21 (.286), 1 double, 1 triple, 4 runs, 1 RBI, 3 walks, 2 hit-by-pitches, 3 stolen bases
2019 season stats
Locastro: 13-for-45 (.289), 3 doubles, 1 triple, 12 runs, 4 RBI, 6 walks, 9 hit-by-pitches, 5 stolen bases
Other notable stats
• Locastro has a .467 on-base percentage, which would tie him for the league lead with Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout. However, Locastro hasn't had enough plate appearances to qualify for league leadership in that category.
• Locastro ranks second on the Diamondbacks with 5 stolen bases in 21 games this season. Only Jarrod Dyson (12) has more.