I may have just changed the picture when this finally came up while I was in the middle of correcting a mild grammar error. Wanna fight about it? I got Chris Young on my side, he can hit all kinds of clutch dingers.
That was TOTALLY worth waiting an extra hour and a half for!
Rain delayed the start of this game by the aforementioned hour and a half. FSAZ, in the meantime, showed a few episodes of "Snapshot" instead. At least I think they did. I had the TV on but did not pay attention at all. They could have shown the Brandon Webb fishing special or a Ron Popeil infomercial for all I know.
For most of this game, I and many others would rather have watched a whole bunch of Pocket Fisherman ads. However, in a rare occurrence, something magical happened in the last frame that we haven't seen much of this season, and the D'Backs got their first win against St. Louis since July 8th of last year and avoided a season sweep against the birds of red hue.
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Lohse and Cahill exchanged zeroes to start off the game. There wasn't much drama involved for either except for the bottom of the third when Cahill worked around a leadoff double by Rafael Furcal. Kyle Lohse had his own in the next half. It was a good chance that was wasted in the top of the 4th by the D'Backs. This is thanks in part to a strike-em-out-throw-em-out double play starring Justin Upton as the "guy who watched a pitch he probably should have swung at but oooh look at the pretty colors" and Aaron Hill as "I hope to God that was supposed to be a hit and run because that was not a good jump, or, again, oooh look at the pretty colors"The next two batters got on base, but Chris Young also struck out looking.
The Cardinals struck first in the fifth thanks to a Allen Craig single that scored Lohsel. The Cardinals were threatening more runs, but Cahill got a well timed double play, but the score still stood as 1-0 St. Louis. The D'Backs struck right back in the next inning by seeing a total of five pitches after a leadoff single.
The next D'Backs at bat was notable for Jake Elmore getting his first major league hit, that also chased the unstoppable pitching cyborg that was Kyle Lohse. It also brought on the awkward situation of having to pinch-hit for Cahill to try to get a run, but Chris Johnson struck out to end that threat. Cahill finished with 6 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 4 K, and 1 BB. This is the sort of outing we would all take from Cahill time in and time out, I hope.
Brad Ziegler and David Hernandez kept the score at 1-0 for the D'Backs to have one final go at it in the ninth, and that was enough for Paul Goldschmidt to lace a homer to center field with one out against Jason Motte to tie the game! On the very next pitch, Chris Young knocked one out to the upper deck to make it 2-1 D'Backs. Holy cripes on toast! Just to put it a little in perspective: Goldy and CY are basically the two poster boys on the team of somewhat extreme lefty/righty splits, and they both CRUSHED the right-handed closer for the Cardinals. Wowzers. J.J Putz came in for a 1-2-3 ninth for the save, and the D'Backs avoided a sweep and maybe, just maybe, caught some of that 2011 magic. I can dream. At the very least, we are back at Mount .500.
Awesome: Paul Goldschmidt +36.4%, Chris Young +28.5%
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If you think this game is the start of some newly discovered momentum, then a three game series against the Astros might help support your hypothesis. Game one of that series starts at 5:05 Arizona time tomorrow (
Enron Field Minute Maid Park has a retractable roof, so little chance of rain delaying that one.)