Record: 4-11. Pace: 43-119. Change on 2013: -5.
As recently as Thursday night, Diamondback fans might have been feeling optimistic. The team had just completed a series win on the road in San Francisco. The team was only three games out of first; we're in this! But after this series, it's quickly seeming like all hope is lost. Despite out-hitting the Dodgers 13-7, the D'backs could not overcome Cahill's bad inning and several gaffes to avoid being swept at the hands of the dreaded team in blue.
Cahill started the game with a leadoff walk to Dee Gordon, who promptly stole second with ease, but was able to strike out Puig and Hanley before an Adrian Gonzalez flyout to end the inning. Parra decided to do his best Dee Gordon impression by singling and stealing second to start the bottom half of the first. Unproductive outs from Hill and Goldschmidt failed to move Parra. Eric Chavez drew a walk with two outs, but Trumbo stuck out looking to end the inning.
The Dodgers jumped out to an early lead on a Matt Kemp solo shot in the 2nd, but all-in-all, Cahill was looking pretty good. However, things turned disastrous in the 3rd. Dan Haren
singled grounded out to RF (Parra) to lead off the inning. Then Cahill lost all command of the zone. Dee Gordon walked and then stole second and third. Puig walked and stole second. Up comes Hanley Ramirez, who driove a ball straight down onto home plate, causing it to ricochet probably 10 miles into the air before Cahill could catch it and throw to first, but not in time; infield single for Hanley and the second Dodger run crosses the plate. Then, up comes the new D'backs Killer™, Adrian Gonzalez, who promptly deposits a belt-high inside fastball into the right field bleachers to make it 5-0. Cahill then walks Kemp and gives up a single to Andre Ethier before striking out Uribe and Federowicz to end the misery. One thing I noticed was that Cahill looked visibly frustrated with himself.
However, the Diamondbacks responded with some offense as Parra lined a double to LF to open up the inning. Hill followed suit with an RBI triple just over the shortstop's head into the LF gap to put the D'backs on the board. Goldschmidt hit a weak groundedrto third to score Hill. Then, Chavez blasted the first pitch he saw into the right field bleachers to make it 5-3. We're right back in it! Unfortunately, Haren settles down and gets Trumbo and Pollock to end the inning.
Cahill looked really sharp in the 4th, striking out Haren and Puig with a Dee Gordon groundout in the middle for a quick 1-2-3 inning. The D'backs get a lead-off single by Owings, only to be eliminated with a Gosewisch double play. Cahill drilled a 2-out fastball into the gap in LF for a double, but Parra struck out to end the inning.
Things really started to fall apart in the fifth. Cahill walked Hanley to lead off the inning and then Adrian Gonzalez doubled down the line in left to put runners on 2nd and 3rd with no outs. Cahill then handed the ball off to newly-appointed reliever, Randall Delgado, who looked much better than his two starts. He was throwing in the mid-90s and his changeup was located well. He strikes out Kemp for the first out. Ethier grounded hard to Goldy, who had a play at home, but instead took the out at first and yielding the run. Getting out of that jam with only one run would have been huge, but Goldy drops a grounder by Uribe, which would have ended the inning, allowing Gonzalez to score. Delgado certainly pitched well enough to avoid one of the runs to score, but the defense failed him and the Dodgers take a 7-3 lead.
The Diamondbacks can't do much, aside from a 2-out Chavez double, and fail to score in the bottom of the fifth. The top of the sixth was uneventful, save for the Diamondbacks deciding to take a quick nap and allow Dee Gordon to steal 2nd while Delgado stands on the mound with the ball (Gordon's 4th steal of the game). With two outs and two on, Thatcher came in and struck out Gonzalez to end the threat. The Dodgers don't do much for the rest of the game, save for a solo shot by Juan Uribe in the 7th off Will Harris.
The rest of the game comes down to the Diamondbacks feeble attempts at a comeback. The bottom of the 6th sees the D'backs get the first two on, only for Gosewisch to fly out, Prado to strike out as a pinch hitter, and Owings to get picked off first (with a runner on second). The Diamondbacks scored three on a 2-out #Trumbomb™ in the 7th to make it 8-6. The Diamondbacks would end up with three more baserunners, but can't plate any of them and J.P. Howell, Chris Perez, and Kenley Jansen combined to shutout the D'backs for the remainder of the game and complete the Dodgers sweep.
The Diamondbacks were hitting Haren all game. Haren gave up 9 hits, including 6 extra base hits, but only manage 3 runs off him in 5.2 IP. We also saw another episode of A Tale of Two Cahills, with Cahill looking really really good at times and just downright awful at other times. He looked mentally frustrated with himself and I think something needs to be done to correct himself. I really do believe he has the capability of being a good pitcher with his stuff, he just needs to get his control and/or confidence back.
Today's fun fact: Paco Rodridguez recorded an out in the 6th without throwing a pitch, thanks to the pickoff of Chris Owings.
In the end, I was really excited to write for this game and hopefully add some of my snark and/or weird humor. Instead, I just got depressed. Combining this series with the two tough Suns losses in Texas has made it a rough weekend. I don't know what to make of the team right now. I know we're better than this, but playoffs suddenly feel like an impossibility and it's only the 15th game...Bells and whistles
TolkienBard led the action in this afternoon's thread, ahead of xmet and onedotfive. Also present were: AzDbackfanInDc, AzRattler, BulldogsNotZags, Clefo, DeadmanG, Diamondhacks, Fangdango, GODSCHMIDT, Gravity, GuruB, Jim McLennan, JoeCB1991, MrMrrbi, SenSurround, Skii, Xipooo, asteroid, azcougs, azshadowwalker, catbat, hotclaws, ljones2468, soco, txzona. The one Sedona Red comment this afternoon went to BulldogsNotZags:
wonder what McCarthy and Cahill are talking about in the dugout
"Yup I agree"
"we’d probably be a better team if we weren’t so bad"
"so how are the azaleas doing?"
"just started seeing some blooming on Monday"
"well that’s nice"
"Because you're a prince among men and you're Yertle The Turtle"by BulldogsNotZags on Apr 13, 2014 | 3:01 PM reply unrec (4) actions
Something something tomorrow.