Record: 42-43. Pace: 80-82. Change on Last Year: -3.
We enter the end of the unofficial first half of the season, as the DBacks looked to take the third game of a four game series against division rival Dodgers before we head into the All Star break. With the Giants and Lincecum getting trampled earlier on by the murderous (yes, indeed) lineup of the Pirates, a win here would have also been vital in the NL West division race. Fortunately for the Arizona, the Dodgers lineup continued to show effects of the Bieber fever as the golden child of Arizona Trevor Bauer took his first step into supplanting Lincecum as the best Lincecum on the planet. Well, maybe not, but it fits. Just because.
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|WP: Trevor Bauer (1 - 1)
SV: Patrick Corbin (1)
LP: Chris Capuano (9 - 4)
I could use this whole recap as an opportunity to talk about Bauer, but I'm guessing that won't fly; this was apparently a real ball game. You know, one that counts, in the MLB level? Sure didn't look like it with LA not putting up much of a fight, but who's complaining?
The DBacks bats got things started early in the ball game, as Justin Upton looked to raise his trade value by tripling home Willie Bloomquist, who had singled to lead off the bottom of the first. Upton would then come home two batters later on a Goldschmidt RBI ground rule double. Maybe we'll get two relievers for Upton instead of just one with this.
Arizona kept things cool for three innings before putting up a three spot in the fifth. The inning started out fairly uneventful with two quick outs by Willie Bloomquist and bicycle owner Aaron Hill, but after back to back singles by Upton and Kubel, Goldschmidt had decided singles were too 1900's, as he launched a three run bomb to left center. I get the feeling he doesn't like lefties very much. Call it a hunch.
The DBacks would then refuse to do anything to help the obesity problem in the US two innings later by making it a taco ball game, as all this was backed up by the man, the legend, slayer of the abomination that is LA blue, as he (Bauer, of course) tossed six scoreless innings, punching out six, walking just one and surrendering two hits. No runs as well, which is cool too I guess. Rumor has it that the DBacks were actually ordered by Bud Selig earlier to make Bauer pitch with his left nostril, but instead disobeyed orders by using both to flare heat from the depths of the Earth. Or maybe the Dodgers lineup is just terrible. But my theory sounds more accurate. (Yes, I do indeed realize that none of that made ANY sense to speak of; but don't challenge the functionality of the world of Trevor Bauer. We get free rent, don't complain).
Patrick Corbin would finish off the ball game by picking up his first career save, but gave up a run in the 9th. Whatevs. Shutout schmutout. DBacks win, as they climbed to just four games back of NL West lead and a wild card spot. Let's hope they can continue this three game win streak in the second half of the season, but with Justin Upton instead of 3 LOOGY's. Or take the LOOGY's if you prefer. Wait, no, don't do that.
[Click to enlarge, at Fangraphs.com]
Canucks: Trevor Bauer (29.1%)
Rioting: Paul Goldschmidt (25.3%), Justin Upton (13.8%)
Running out of Tim Hortons: Aaron Hill (-5.8%)
Americans playing hockey, eh: Jason Kubel (-4.5%), Miguel Montero (-3.8%)
A robust GDT for Trevor Bauer's first win. 34 users combined for over 1000 comments. imstillhungry95 took gold, and he was followed by AzDbackfanInDc, the only two to be in the Century Club. They were joined by: Wimb, blue bulldog, JoeCB1991, porty99, onedotfive, hotclaws, Rockkstarr12, 4 Corners Fan, KDbacks, rd33, Clefo, blank_38, CaptainCanuck, jinnah, Surksquatch, Augdogs, DbackCardsFan, Tucson d-back fan, Jim McLennan, luckycc, xmet, DbacksSkins, SongBird, Turambar, Zavada's Moustache, TinySarabia, Britback, piratedan7, Circa4life, marionette, soco, Stupendous Man
Comment of the day goes to AzDbackfanInDc...
Beer makes you feel the way you ought to feel without beer.
I am officially part of the "in-crowd" now per Jim 7/2/2012 :)
Because humor as a requirement for COTD is too mainstream.
[soco edit]: Big thanks for CaptainCanuck for writing the recap. Very appropriate that it was Trevor Bauer's first one. Get used to no D-backs baseball, though, as this was the last game until next Friday, when the team will travel to Chicago to take on the Inventors of Hot Dogs, or some such silly thing. Try and get some rest in this week, and be sure to come back for some articles to help bide the time.