Record: 25-29. Pace: 75-87. Change on 2011: -5. Change on 2010: +5
Hardly a week ago, Diamondbacks fans had to be talked down from a very high ledge. Today, Arizona played the 18-37 San Diego Padres. With the Dodgers struggling, Southern California is looking like a mighty fine place right now.
For 2012, this game would be a perfect candidate for disappointment, a lefty on the mound versus a vulnerable opponent. Instead, Trevor Cahill happened.
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|WP: Trevor Cahill (3 - 5)
LP: Eric Stults (1 - 2)
The contest started Petco-y enough. The Diamondbacks managed a Ryan Roberts leadoff single before being erased by an Justin Upton double play to end the first. The Padres followed that up with a harmless display of no runs scored. In the second, Paul Goldschmidt, aka Leroy Brown, though tempered as a goldfish, didn't wait long to push his 11-game hitting streak to a 12-gamer with an opposite field homerun to give the D'backs an early 1-0 lead. Over those twelve games, Goldy has 18 hits with 4 homeruns. That'll do.
Meanwhile, Cahill got down to business like he was defeating the Huns. In the second, the man who proudly own Star Wars Legos recorded his first strikeout and first double play of the afternoon, a common occurrence for today. The next inning, the Padres would knock on the door with a Mark Kotsay double before Cahill dropped a curve by a swinging Alonso for the final out. In the fourth? 1-2-3.
And then it was the fifth inning. Cahill got a routine liner to center for Young to put awa.. What's that, Chris Young is on the bench today? It seems Mr. Parra was in center today. Okay, he got the ou.. Alas, Parra misread the ball and watched it sail over his head for a leadoff triple. With a runner on third with nobody out, Cahill got by with a little help from his friends. Goldschmidt made a run saving play on a quick slap by Cabrerra, then Stults missed on a suicide squeeze, leaving the runner in no man's land to be gunned down. A swinging K got Cahill out of the fifth. Deep Breath, folks.
Stults, outside of Goldy, managed to stifle the Diamondbacks hitters, at one point going 11 batters without giving up a hit. Enter the silly sixth (tm). After a Cahill K, Roberts hit a grounder right back to the pitcher and the ball bounced off his leg and was corralled by a fielder who then threw it wide of the bag, Roberts safe at first. The two teams then tried and out Diamondbacks themselves, as Roberts was picked off but a poor throw by first baseman Alonso allowed the runner to advance to third. That display of Major League Baseball was followed by a, gasp, productive out by Jason Kubel who gave the D'backs a sac fly for a 2-0 lead.
But wait, that's not all! Following an Upton single, Miguel Montero, in the midst of a 128 at-bat homerless streak, blasted a pitch to the depths of Petco's centerfield. Ladies and gentlemen, the sixth inning. Should that not be enough for the silly sixth (tm), in the home half Stone Hands Josh Bell made a diving play and threw from his knees for an impressive play. Then Kotsay managed a walk bringing Alonso to the plate who was quickly dispatched in an inning ending double play.
In the seventh, with Upton on base from a walk, Parra decided to make up from his miscue in center, tagging an opposite field homerun to give the Diamondbacks for a 6-0 lead. Cahill even joined in the fun with a hit of his own before Roberts and Kubel went down.
Cahill started the seventh with 77 pitches thrown. With his 78 pitch, Chase Headley managed a single and on his 79th pitch there were two outs. That sums up Cahill's game quite nicely. Things were a bit shakier in the eighth. Cahill gave up a leadoff double and a walk before a getting a fly out and coaxing his fourth double play of the evening out of Denorfia to end the threat.
The Diamondbacks went down 1-2-3 in the 9th inning, but not before Cahill went to hit for himself. At this point, we're confident for the win, but did Cahill have enough for another inning? #InGibbyWeTrust..?
One great play by Goldy, another by Velvet Hands Bell and Cahill gets the complete game shutout. #InGibbyWeTrust. Can we play San Diego every day, Mr. Selig?
Appropriately enough on the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations, hotclaws topped the comments. Hip-hip-hooray! AzDbackfanInDc was second, with Jim McLennan narrowly outrunning the pack for third. Also to be found: Bryan J. Boltik, 4 Corners Fan, Ridster09, blank_38, , piratedan7, txzona, snakecharmer, Zavada's Moustache, onedotfive, BattleMoses, shoewizard, rd33, sonic barracuda, since_98, SongBird, fandbacks, Airwave, PR151, Fangdango, GuruB, Bryn21, asteroid, CaptainCanuck, rfffr, dbacks79 and Stupendous Man.
No comments were greened up, so I'm going with this little gem from Jim,
That we have scored six runs – not just without a hit with runners in scoring position, but without an at-bat with runners in scoring position. Can’t happen often.