Blue Jays 4, Diamondbacks 1

Christian Petersen

Who would have thought that a match-up between Brandon McCarthy and Esmil Rogers would almost be the fastest game of the season for the Diamondbacks?

Here's another Brandon McCarthy game in which he didn't deserve the loss. McCarthy gave up two runs on three hits in the 2nd inning, and after a hit-by-pitch in the 3rd inning, retired 16 Blue Jays in a row until the 9th inning.

But the Diamondbacks did their typical Diamondbacks thing, where they make an opposing pitcher look like Cy Young. Rogers had an ERA of 7.66 for the month of August, but faced the minimum through the 6th inning and at one point retired 13 Diamondbacks in a row. Martin Prado had a single in the 2nd inning and was retired on a double play, and that was it until the 7th inning.

The 7th inning saw the Diamondbacks' first scoring chance of the game. Tony Campana walked to break up the streak of 13 in a row sat down by Rogers, and promptly stole second base. Paul Goldschmidt walked with one out, but Eric Chavez ground into a double play to end the threat.

Arizona did score in the bottom of the 9th inning when Cliff Pennington doubled to lead off the inning, advanced on a wild pitch, and scored on a single by Willie Bloomquist. Unfortunately, in the top half of the 9th McCarthy had given up a two-run home run, so by then, it was too little too late. The Diamondbacks drop the opening game of the series 4 to 1.

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