Diamondbacks 2, Padres 1: Pitcher's Duel by the Sea

Denis Poroy

Tonight, I gave the Dbacks an ultimatum: Don't make me regret not watching the premier of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. live. In the end, they didn't.

Record: 80-77 On pace: 83-79 Change: +1

For the first five innings, both Wade Miley and Tyson Ross traded zeros, and only allowed a couple hits. For the Dbacks, Martin Prado got a single in the second, and two batters later, Geraldo Parra got a double, which moved Prado to third. In the Padre halves of the innings, Alexi Amarista got a single in the third, but was stranded. Kyle Blanks and the pitcher Ross also got singles in the bottom of the fifth, but were left after Chris Denorfia flew out to center field.

The sixth inning didn't appear to be going much better right at first. Adam Eaton started it off by getting hit by a pitch. He went to first, but was quickly eliminated in a double play after he tried to go to third on a soft ground ball in the infield by Willie Bloomquist. Two down, but coming to the plate was Paul Goldschmidt, who then put an 0-2 fastball over the right-center field fence. 1-0 Dbacks, but it could have been better, but for a TOOTBLAN.

Turns out that was the only run the Dbacks were going to get in regulation. Tyson Ross went one more inning and finished the night with only three hits, one run, all spread out over the course of seven innings. He shut us down. Miley, though, did a little better, even if he didn't quite match the innings total. He spread four hits over six innings, but he didn't give up any runs. Will Harris followed Miley in the seventh, with a 1-2-3 inning, giving the Dbacks a 1-0 lead going into the bottom of the eighth.

Then the bottom of the eighth happened. David Hernandez was brought in to pitch, and it wasn't easy for him tonight. Mark Kotsay lead off the inning with a single. He was pinch run for by Reymond Fuentes. Chris Denorfia got a single of his own to put runners at first and second, no outs. However, Hernandez followed that up with two quick outs. Looking better. The Dbacks decide to put Chase Headley on first to face Tommy Medica. Medica made an out to end the inning, but not before Miguel Montero let a ball get passed him that, by all accounts, he should have caught. A run scores, and the game is tied at 1.

The ninth ended in a tie, after a quick inning from Huston Street of the Padres, and a 1-2-3 inning from Chaz Roe for the Dbacks. Once again, we were headed to extras.

The tenth and eleventh innings saw Joe Thatcher, J. J. Putz, and Josh Collmenter throw two perfect frames. However, the Padres matched that with two zeros of their own. The 12th, though, would see that change. Chris Owings got a one out double, and was brought home next at-bat by a Didi Gregorius triple. That's all the Dbacks would manage, but it would be enough, as Brad Zeigler came in for a 1-2-3 bottom of the 12th  to get the save.

Source: FanGraphs

Nick Fury: Wade Miley, 34.7%

Agent Coulson: Didi Gregorius, 33.9%

Loki: Miguel Montero, -27.2

The Mandarin: David Hernandez, -22.4%

COTD goes to Clefo for this celebratory post of us breaking the all-time, single-season extra innings record. Yes, folks, we did it. The 12th inning of tonight's game represented the 78th extra inning the Dbacks have played this season, breaking the old record, that was owned by the 1969 Twins, by two innings.



Not the busiest of GDT's, but we managed to get over 300 comments. I lead the way with 59. Clefo followed with an even 50, and late arrival DbacksSkins posted the answer to everything, 42. All present were:

4 Corners Fan, AzRattler, BackwardK, Clefo, DbacksSkins, Diamondhacks, FatBoysEatMeat, GuruB, Jim McLennan, asteroid, azshadowwalker, coldblueAZ, hotclaws, imstillhungry95, kishi, onedotfive, porty99,preston.salisbury

Same Bat-team, same Bat-place, same Bat-time tomorrow. Join us at 7:10 Arizona time as we once again take on the team from San Diego!

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