Gameday Thread, #140: 9/8 vs. Padres

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Wade Miley
LHP, 14-9, 2.90

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Casey Kelley
RHP, 1-0, 3.86

Last night's game is a good illustration of why I'm finding it increasingly hard to pay attention to the D-backs - an early five-run deficit, followed by the team clawing their way back, only to succumb to another one-run loss. Few things are more galling to fans than a team that can't win the close ones, and Arizona has been absolutely terrible there. Our current record in one-run games - 11-24, a .314 win percentage - has been undercut by only a single National League team over the past twenty years (the 2006 Braves went 11-30). Add in seven consecutive losses to the Padres, and it's bordering on true "torture"...

Wailord on the recap, line-up after the jump.

  1. Adam Eaton CF
  2. Aaron Hill 2B
  3. Jason Kubel LF
  4. Paul Goldschmidt 1B
  5. Miguel Montero C
  6. Justin Upton RF
  7. Chris Johnson 3B
  8. Jake Elmore SS
  9. Wade Miley P

Yep, that's Upton down in the sixth spot. That's the lowest position in the batting order he has started a game since hitting seventh on June 16, 2010. Maybe he's not well: Nick P reports Ryan Wheeler and Brad Bergesen are under the weather today - something nasty is clearly going around the clubhouse. [Insert Mike Zagurski reference here]

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