Record: 75-73. Pace: 82-80. Change: +1
The pre-game talk surrounded Todd Helton's last career game in Chase. As the last active player who participated in the first game in D-backs' franchise history (I think), it has a certain significance. Unfortunately, he did not appear in the game.
The D-backs' bats, however, showed up, led by Paul Goldschmidt, who had his first home run in over a month, to go with 5 RBI. Matt Davidson had his first career home run, and Chris Owings picked up an RBI single for his first MLB RBI. Delgado gave up a home run (as is expected) but pitched six solid innings, and the bullpen pitched three scoreless innings.
Delgado looked a bit shaky for his first two batters, with a longish flyout and a deep fly ball that turned into a double for Josh Rutledge. After Rutledge advanced to third on a balk, Delgado escaped the inning without scoring. The D-backs struck in the bottom of the frame with an Adam Eaton single and stolen base, followed by Goldy's first RBI, on a single to left. They loaded the bases, then stranded all the runners on back-to-back strikeouts. Chacin had a rough game, but seemed to strike out a lot of batters (six through four innings, as it happens).
After a quiet second, the D-backs came out in the third and got a couple quick runs off Chacin, with Hill drawing a walk, followed by Goldy's first home run in a while (and his 111th and 112th RBI of the season). However, after Prado's single, Montero GIDPed and Davidson grounded out to end the inning. That brought us to the inning of doom, also known as the fourth. Would Delgado escape unscathed, or would he go the way of so many D-back starters before him? After Tulowitski reached on a hard hit ground ball that made it past Hill, I was a bit nervous, but he retired the next two to escape without giving up a run.
Chacin was still in the game, and Parra led of the home fourth with a triple to the pool. Chris Owings demonstrated patience and drew a walk, to the shock of some of the 'Pit members. Delgado struck out. Eaton hit a perfect double play ball, but his speed caused Tulowitski to bobble, meaning everyone was safe, and the D-backs had a 4-0 lead. After Hill's second K of the day, Goldschmidt happened, driving in Owings and Eaton to make it 6-0 and give those of us in Arizona tacos (it also put Goldy a triple shy of the cycle. Prado's flyout ended a fourth inning that was in our favor, for a change.
Prado may not have done much with the bat to this point, but he made a great sliding catch on a shallow fly ball to lead off the fifth. But Delgado was clearly slipping; a walk was followed by a Charlie Culbertson home run, making it 6-2. He was able to escape without further damage. The D-backs wasted no time getting one of those runs back, courtesy of the first career home run from Matt Davidson, crushed to left. After a quiet sixth, the D-backs dipped into the bullpen, who (doubtless thankful to be in a low-leverage situation for a change) continued setting down the Rockies. Another insurance run courtesy of a Chris Owings RBI single made it 8-2. Chaz Roe set the Rockies down in order in the 9th, as the D-backs wrapped up a big win.
Goldy's 4 for 4 with a HR and 5 RBI surely makes him the star of the game, with admirable supporting roles played by Matt Davidson (2 for 4 with a HR) and Adam Eaton (2 for 5, 1 RBI and 2 runs scored). Randall Delgado also did well, giving up 5 hits over 6 innings, walking one and striking out three. Goldy's average is back over .300, and Delgado's ERA back below 4, however meaningless those stats might be.
My selection for comment of the day goes to Jim for the Monty Python reference (even if the title was a bit wrong) with "that" being the Dodgers clenching in Phoenix this week. Thankfully, the Giants lead the Dodgers in the 9th as I write, but either way, the D-backs will need to take three of four.
We’ll just start singing Always Look
in on the Bright Side of Life in the ninth inning if that happens.
Bells and whistles
[Click to enlarge, at fangraphs.com]
Lassie: Paul Goldschmidt, +27.6%
Rin-tin-tin: Randall Delgado, +20.0%
Cujo: Miguel Montero, -4.1%
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