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So on a night when Luchador masks were handed out, the Diamondbacks were suplexed from a ring-out while being pinned by San Diego and down for the count. (I'm not a rasslin' guy.)
The Padres attacked first, in an un-monastic fashion, in the first frame. Carlos Quentin got a base hit that Adam Eaton could not field cleanly, which allowed Chris Denorfia to score. For some reason, this was scored a double. I don't know about you, but when a runner advances because of a fielder screwing up, that's an error. Perhaps the Coors Field scorer was filling in tonight. However it happend, the score was 1-0 Padres.
The Diamondbacks had a great opportunity against Andrew Cashner in the bottom of the 1st. He had walked the bases loaded with one out and Martin Prado up. Prado proceeded to ground into a double play to end the threat. I'm sure this wouldn't come back to haunt the D'Backs or anything.
The game would be tied in the bottom of the 2nd with a Miguel Montero solo homer. It was good to see, and it was the last good feeling that Diamondbacks fans had all night.
Skaggs got the first two outs in the top of the 3rd without much hullabaloo. Then he pulled off the rare "Walk-Hit By Pitch-Walk-Walk" sequence to bring in a run without a ball in play to make it 2-0. But wait, there's more! Yonder Alonso decided to clear the bases with a double to make it 5-1.
Skaggs went out again for the 4th and he was able to get two outs and a runner on. You think he'd take his chance to get out of the inning, but that would mean you haven't been reading up to this point. Chris Denorfia homered to left to make it 7-1 Padres and that ended Skaggs' night early. Every walk surrendered by Skaggs came to score. That's generally not a good recipe for success.
The long slog towards defeat marched on from there. Paul Goldschmidt had his 23rd dinger of the season, a two-run shot in the 5th. Of course, this was countered by a solo shot by Cashner off Josh Collmenter. Of course, this was his first homer of his career. One of those days.
Carlos Quentin added an RBI single against David Hernandez in the 9th to make it 10-3. After a walk, Hernandez allowed another single to Yonder Alonso to make it 11-3. A dropped strike three on what would have been the third out allowed another run to score to make it 12-3, which would be the final score, oddly enough.
At the time of writing, the Dodgers were up 4-1 against the Reds, so in all likelihood the D'Backs will drop to 1.5 games back in the West. Rend your garments as necessary.
El Santo: Montero, +11.5%
Samson vs. The Vampire Women: Skaggs, -39.9%
A lightly attended GDT tonight, as the early deficit made people realize they totally had some stuff to do. Participating were: Clefo, FatBoysEatMeat, GuruB, Jim McLennan, JoeCB1991, Lozenge, Rockkstarr12, TolkienBard, Zavada's Moustache, asteroid, azshadowwalker, cheese1213, coldblueAZ, cole8865, hotclaws, onedotfive, rd33, shoewizard, and txzona.
COTN goes to Jim, for this suggestion to asteroid's dreams of child homicide (you had to be there)
Tomorrow, the D'Backs go for a series win before going on the Magical Mystery American League Tour. Tune in, if you dare!
Also, just hot off the presses:
Dbacks option Skaggs to Reno. Gibson says they want another arm for tomorrow and are planning on having McCarthy vs. Red Sox next weekend.— Nick Piecoro (@nickpiecoro) July 28, 2013