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Diamondbacks 5, Rockies 2: Cahill shines on Jackie Robinson Day

Record: 6-3. Pace: 108-54. Change on last season: +2

Dominant starting pitching hasn't quite been the mantra for our DBacks thus far. Today we had Trevor Cahill on the mound looking to change that and prevent Tulo and Co. from breaking out the brooms on Jackie Robinson Day. All players wore #42 to celebrate his contribution to baseball and America.

I was quietly nervous for Cahill today as I haven't seen him pitch very often. His first outing was not one that I'd like to remember, to say the least. Boy, did he show us some amazing pitching. He is a ground ball pitcher, which was exactly what we needed at Coors Field today. I'll talk a bit more about Cahill after the jump - but to summarize, he went 7.1 IP and allowed just 4 hits and had 6Ks, 2 BBs for 1 earned run, which scored after he left the game. Dominant? Absolutely.

Final - 4.15.2012 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Arizona Diamondbacks 2 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 5 10 1
Colorado Rockies 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 6 0
WP: Trevor Cahill (1 - 0)
SV: Bryan Shaw (2)
LP: Drew Pomeranz (0 - 1)

First let me say that this is my first recap (or article) EVER. I am not nearly as stats-savvy as many of you so please be gentle with me! OK, with that said, here goes:

The Dbacks woke up early today after a long rainy night last night that had them succumbing to a walk off HR by Helton. I'm sure I wasn't the only one (judging by GDT comments) that was very disappointed by last night. The sun was shining but the temperature certainly hadn't come up by much. At first pitch, the temperature was 49 degrees. By the 6th inning, it would be raining/snowing, though the umpires didn't seem interested in calling the game due to weather. I'm sure the DBacks are looking forward to coming home to some better weather and Chase Field for a nice 10 game home stand. But, before that could happen, there was a small matter of a baseball game to play.

The DBacks started off the first with a couple of grounders for outs by Roberts and Parra. Then, Upton singled to left which brought CY to the plate. He continued his hot streak with an absolute smash to left to score 2 runs. A double by Goldy didn't mean much as Hill flied out to end the inning. In the bottom of the inning, Cahill induced a couple grounders for outs, then walked Tulo and struck out Giambi (who, by the way, is looking really old these days...).

The second inning was fairly uneventful as both sides went one-two-three. The highlight being that Cahill got Nelson to GIDP to end the bottom half of the inning. An odd top of the third inning, as a series of singles and steals got Parra to 3rd where he was promptly brought home by CY on a single. CY was now 2-2 with 3 RBI. In the bottom of the inning, the Rockies did get a single to start, but Cahill wasn't in the mood to let Colorado do anything as he struck out the next three batters.

In the fourth inning, Pomeranz balked which moved Hill to 2nd. Ultimately, we weren't able to do much with that and went quietly without a fight. Cahill induced 3 consecutive ground balls in the bottom of the inning for outs to wrap up the fourth. The fifth inning belonged to Aaron Hill. With the bases loaded, Goldschmidt struck out on a horrible AB where he chased up and out of the zone for a SO. It looked like we might strand some base runners, but Hill had something to say about that. He hit a bases loaded single to left for 2 RBIs making it 5-0 Dbacks. At that point, Pomeranz was yanked for Roenicke who made short work of McDonald and Blanco. In the bottom of the inning, Hill came up big with a circus catch and throw to 1st for a DP. Herrera did single but Roenicke grounded out to end the inning.

In the sixth, Roberts did get a single but SOs by Cahill, Parra and Upton made it a quick inning. Cahill answered back by getting two more groundouts and a strikeout. The top of the seventh was forgettable as we flied out, grounded out and struck out (there was a walk by Hill in there) to end our half of the inning. Cahill continued his domination going 1-2-3 on a couple more grounders and a pop to 2nd. Grace mentioned that to this point, no Rocky had even made it to 2nd base.

In the eighth inning the rain really started to come down (in more ways that just the weather). Reynolds came in to pitch for Colorado and promptly struck out Blanco and Cahill, then got Roberts to pop out to Tulo. Cahill came in and struck out Nelson but was replaced by Joe Patterson after a single and an error by Upton had Herrera at 2nd. So much for no Rockies getting to second this game, Herrera being the first.

Those of you who are prone to worry (like me), now would be a good time to start. Patterson promptly walked Fowler and then Eric Young Jr. hit a bunt single to load the bases. My "worry meter" is now 70%. Colvin grounded into a fielder's choice but Young's hard slide at second prevented a DP...though a run did score. Ziegler replaced Patterson and with Tulo at the plate my "worry meter" was up to 80%. Tulo hit the ball too hard for McDonald to get a handle on and the game was 5-2. Giambi and his "more salt than pepper" facial hair was up next, but Gibby wouldn't let Ziegler pitch to him (thank goodness!) and instead brought in Breslow to show him what's up. Did he??? NO! Instead he walked him, loading the bases for Hernandez. My worry meter is now 90% as a HR would give the Rockies the lead...but Gibby brings in Shaw. He got Hernandez to ground out to end the inning.

<<< INSERT BIG SIGH OF RELIEF HERE!!! >>>

The ninth inning had Betancourt in for the Rockies, who got us out 1-2-3. Shaw stayed in to pitch and got Rosario to fly out, Nelson to ground out and Herrera to strikeout!

GAME OVER, WE WIN!!!

Cahill really showed us why we should love seeing him pitch. He induced ground balls for outs, including 2 DPs. We needed him to go deep into the game as we've used quite a bit of our bullpen lately, and he didn't disappoint there either. Again, his final line was 7.1 IP, 4H, 2 BB, 6 K, 1 ER. Thank you very much, Mr. Cahill!

Also, it's worth noting that CY now has a line of .364/.475/.818. Have mercy!

Tomorrow the DBacks will be home against Pittsburgh. Saunders and Bedard are the probables as we look to keep pace with the Dodgers and sweep the Pirates like they did.

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[Click to enlarge, at fangraphs.com]
Jackie Robinson: Trevor Cahill, +31.5%
Larry Doby: Chris Young, +23.8%
Not very Jackie: John McDonald: -6.3%

The GDT is still ongoing, to discuss Trevor Bauer's start in Mobile. But at the time of roll-call, the top three were blue bulldog, imstillhungry95 and NASCARbernet, all over 100 comments. Also present: Bcawz, rd33, Skii, Clefo, Rockkstarr12, CaptainCanuck, luckycc, azshadowwalker, grimmy01, SongBird, Jim McLennan, hotclaws, 4 Corners Fan, txzona, SenSurround, emilylovesthedbacks, Ridster09, Circa4life, kishi, Bryn21, dbacks25, Cardscrazy247, jjwaltrip, Zavada's Moustache, Turambar, DivineWolfwood, rfffr, blank_38, Augdogs, AzDbackfanInDc, DeDxDbacKxJroK, Stile4aly, BattleMoses, piratedan7 and The so-called Beautiful.

Thanks to grimmy01 for his guest recap. It's back to Arizona and we'll reconvene at Chase tomorrow night, assuming the team has been defrosted by then....

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