Preview: Game #87, Diamondbacks vs. Rockies

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"All-Star Paul Goldschmidt". Got a nice ring to it. Our newest All-Star will take the field this evening at Chase, behind last year's representative. Wade Miley.

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Drew Pomeranz
LHP, 0-1, 8.31
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Wade Miley
LHP, 4-7, 4.29

Diamondbacks Line-up

  1. A.J. Pollock, CF
  2. Aaron Hill, 2B
  3. Paul Goldschmidt, 1B
  4. Miguel Montero, C
  5. Cody Ross, RF
  6. Martin Prado 3B
  7. Gerardo Parra, RF
  8. Didi Gregorius, SS
  9. Wade Miley, P

And it'll also be more All-Star reps than we had in 2012, with Patrick Corbin also getting to join Goldschmidt in the festivities this time around. So he won't be lonely. :) Kinda appropriate that Miley gets to start the first game after the announcement - it's kinda like a "passing of the torch" from one All-Star to another. No word as yet whether Goldzilla will be taking place in the Home Run Derby. I know there are some qualms about whether he should or not, and I'll confess to being a bit in two minds myself. I'd hate to see his swing even potentially thrown off by the event. On the other hand... The only D-back to have taken part since 2001, was Chris Young in 2010. And he managed one.

For tonight, however, I'll be happy if we can simply post another victory over the Rockies. That's especially so, as the Giants are ahead of the Dodgers at the moment - Bumgarner took a no-hitter into the fifth - so a win could expand our lead to an unprecedented (well, this season at least!) 4.5 games. That'd be getting toward the area of a respectable cushion. Of course, let's get the W in the books first. Remember when Pomeranz was going to lead the Rockies to the promised land or something? Now, looks a bit less likely, as he has four wins over his first 27 major-league starts.

Of course, he's still only 24, so be fooling to write him off completely. However, his only start this season didn't go well, as he lasted only one out into the fifth inning, the Giants taking four walks in addition to seven hits, Pomeranz getting the loss. On the Diamondbacks side, Miley seems to be turning it around: since his ERA peaked over five, with his last outing in May, Wade has a 3.00 ERA in six games, though he hasn't won in the last five. That includes his last outing, against the Mets, where he took a shutout into the sixth, and still walked away with a no-decision. However, Randall Delgado and Tyler Skaggs have shown how it's done, so hopefully Miley will follow suit.

Same line-up as last night, which is something of a rarity, but makes sense. Last night's contest was one of the memorable of the year, and for a number of reasons - not all of them between the lines - will likely be in the running for Game of the Year when the end of season 'Pitties are announced. Here's to another big crowd at Chase Field this evening, and more money being raised for a great cause.

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