Iannetta beaned, more bad blood as Dbacks top Pirates 11-4

Posted May 14, 2017

Chris Iannetta was bloodied by a fastball to the face after hitting a home run for Arizona earlier, and the Diamondbacks beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 11-4 Friday night in what flared up as the latest episode of ill will between the teams.

He was taken to a hospital for further tests as a precaution, manager Torey Lovullo said.

After a few minutes on the ground, Iannetta was helped to his feet and walked off the field with a towel pressed to his face.

In defeating the Pirates 11-4 before 21,911 in Chase Field Friday night, their offensive dominance of the opposition continues.

Barbato said it wasn't intentional and that he was planning to reach out to Iannetta as soon as he could to make sure he's okay.

"It kind of came as a blessing that Seattle came in here banged up a little bit with their pitching staff", Blue Jays outfielder Kevin Pillar said.

"We preach being ready to be the guy to break the game open", Lovullo said.

"Hopefully I keep doing that", he said.

The pitch got away from Pirates reliever Johnny Barbato, and caught Iannetta flush in the mush.

- TheRenderMLB (@TheRenderMLB) May 13, 2017Chris Iannetta is now at a local hospital receiving treatment after he was hit in the face with a fastball tonight.

Goldschmidt suffered a broken wrist when he was struck by a pitch from Ernesto Frieri on August 1, 2014, and the D-Backs got McCutchen in the back in the ninth inning the next day, forcing him onto the disabled list. Arizona responded by hitting Pirates star Andrew McCutchen in the back with a fastball the next day. "I think I felt worse than anyone in the stadium at the time".

No one in the league hits better at home than Drury, who is now sporting a.448 average (30-for-67) at Chase Field.

With three hits in five at-bats, David Peralta is now batting.386 (27-for-70) with three doubles, one triple, four home runs and 15 RBI in his last 18 games.

For the Arizona Diamondbacks, their current home stand is off to a strong start.

Bell's two-run homer in the fourth inning was his sixth of the season and brought the Pirates within four at 7-3, but Arizona scored four runs off reliever Josh Lindblom in the fourth inning to regain control.

The Pirates made a pair of roster moves with the return of third baseman David Freese and utility player Adam Frazier from the disabled list.