PHOENIX, AZ - AUGUST 22: Starting pitcher Wade Miley #36 of the Arizona Diamondbacks pitches against the Miami Marlins during game two of the MLB double header at Chase Field on August 22, 2012 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Record: 64-61. Pace: 83-79. Change on last year: -5.
The Diamondbacks completed their first home doubleheader in fine fashion. The nightcap was an all around enjoyable game, featuring a stellar performance by starter Wade Miley, some early offense, and the second save of the day for JJ Putz. If only Baseball Reference allowed me to search for 2 saves in one day to see the frequency of that, but nope. We'll just have to assume it's rather rare.
Going into the night game I worried that the Diamondbacks would fall flat on their faces. Part of it might be the first 2 games of the series, and the near collapse in the game 3. The D-backs were teetering with their season, and I'll admit I was expecting bad news tonight. Instead, the home team got their offense going early again.
AJ Pollack, called up solely for the doubleheader as the 26th man, got the game started with a leadoff single in the bottom of the 1st. He moved to third on two groundouts by Gerardo Parra and Aaron Hill, and then was brought home off a Paul Goldschmidt single.
Luckily the D-backs would not only score early, but also not immediately give back any runs. In fact, as you can tell by the title of this recap, that they didn't need to score any more runs. Quite frankly, Wade Miley, who shares more than a passing resemblance to folk hero Torgo, was brilliant tonight. He didn't watch the Master's house while he's away. Tonight he was the Master.
Check out this line: 8 innings pitched, 0 runs on 4 hits and a walk, and 5 strikeouts. He got into a little trouble in the 7th, but slowly got up and out of it. In fact, he was able to come out in the 8th and strikeout the side. Torgo was everything we could have asked for and more tonight, between going deep into the game and limiting the bullpen, and for being so dang brilliant. Contest my view of his performance tonight if you want, but I'm sticking to it. Torgo for Rookie of the Year, please.
What's that? The D-backs still scored 2 more runs? Why yes, they did. How did they do it? Space magic. A wizard did it. Macguffins. The Crucible. Or, less interestingly, the usual suspects had it going again in the 4th. Hill led the inning with a walk, and Goldschmidt followed with a double that managed to be misplayed by two different Marlins outfielders. The New Guy, Chris Johnson, then hit a one out single to score Hill and put the game at 2-0. To get the third run, well, the D-backs just had to let the Marlins be the Marlins. The catcher Brantly misplayed a pitch and allowed Goldschmidt to scamper home for the final run of the game.
The game pretty cruised on from that point, and then ended without much fanfare. JJ Putz came in and closed out the game, extending his scoreless inning streak to 21 innings (second only behind Brandon Lyon, of all people). The D-backs had another win, and managed to avoid the series loss. Huzzah.
Crow: Wade Miley (41.1%)
Tom Servo, Mike: Paul Goldschmidt (23.3%), Chris Johnson (5.4%)
Professor Bobo: Chris Young (-7.6%)
Brain Guy: Wil Nieves (-5.9%)
So there you have it. A nudge over 700 comments, barely more than the day game. I guess people had stuff to do on a random Wednesday night. imstillhungry95 won the pole, with the Lotus team of Clefo and myself taking P2 and P3, though no one was in the Century Club. We were joined by: asteroid, marionette, snakecharmer, kishi, hotclaws, DivineWolfwood, dbacks79, blank_38, SongBird, Bcawz, xmet, Jim McLennan, GuruB, rd33, AzDbackfanInDc, PatrickPetersonAZ, Augdogs, Medusas_Daughter, Zavada's Moustache, Husk, shoewizard, Bryn21, CaptainCanuck, Shums, onedotfive, PR151, and Rcastillo.
I would like to not reward a COTD, because frankly I don't have to and you shouldn't abuse your privileges. CaptainCanuck, however, had a fairly good pun that could have been the recap title:
Tomorrow's a day off, so regardless of some chatter, the D-backs cannot lose. They're now sitting 4 games back for a Wild Card spot, so that's good. Try to get some rest, because Friday the Padres are coming to town. It would be embarrassed to get beat by them. First pitch is the usual 6:40pm.