Third baseman Brandon Drury, the D-backs' No. 8 prospect, hit two home runs on Thursday to lead Class A Advanced Visalia to a 12-4 victory at San Jose. He finished the game 3-for-5 with three runs scored and four RBIs.
Drury was a part of the package the D-backs received from the Braves in exchange for Justin Upton in January 2013. In 20 games this season, he is hitting .302 with a .570 slugging percentage and five home runs. Thursday marked his fifth career two-homer game.
Though Drury is known for his power, he had been in a home run drought before Thursday. His first-inning drive was his first in 57 at-bats, a skid that dated back to April 8.
Both of Drury's home runs came off San Jose starter Joan Gregorio. The Giants' No. 12 prospect gave up seven runs on seven hits in five innings.
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Always itching to play, Hill accepts night off
CHICAGO -- About the best you can hope for when Aaron Hill is out of the lineup is that the D-backs second baseman will understand the reasoning behind it, because there is no chance he will like it.
Hill was out of the starting lineup Tuesday as Arizona manager Kirk Gibson continues to rotate players.
Martin Prado shifted over from third to second while Eric Chavez got the start at third.
"He's been giving guys a day here and there," Hill said. "It's one of those where he's the manager."
Hill has been struggling at the plate going 9-for-54 (.167) in his last 13 games.
"I wish I had an answer, but the thing is just finding a rhythm," Hill said. "My swing feels great and everything. It's just swinging out of the zone a little bit right now."
Sometimes a day off can help a player in a slump, but that's something that Hill only grudgingly will accept.
"Obviously it can always help," Hill said. "I'm stubborn, I like to be in there every day because when you're not swinging good you like to be in there and fix it. But it's something where you get into the cage, you get in BP and work on it and maybe you get a pinch-hit tonight."
• Outfielder A.J. Pollock was out of the lineup for the second straight day after suffering from tightness in his neck Sunday in Los Angeles.
Pollock had some work done on the neck by a chiropractor Monday and said it was feeling somewhat better. D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said he thought Pollock would be able to pinch-hit Tuesday if needed.
• Left fielder Mark Trumbo was out of the lineup Tuesday due to a sore left foot.
Gibson said the foot became sore during Monday's game.
"I just thought it was smart to not push it today," Gibson said. "It's sore. We're going to try to resolve it before it gets into something that we can't resolve."
• Top prospect Archie Bradley took the loss Monday for Triple-A Reno. The right-hander allowed three runs in four innings of work.
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