Game #25: Diamondbacks @ Cubs

Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

Well, yesterday was... exciting? Actually, "unexpected" is entirely more accurate, I suspect. Still the win's the thing, and if that means we had to play spoiler at a birthday party, so be it. But can we build on that in this afternoon's game?

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Mike Bolsinger
RHP, 0-1, 10.29
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Edwin Jackson
RHP, 1-1, 5.40

Diamondbacks Lineup

  1. Gerardo Parra - RF
  2. Martin Prado - 3B
  3. Paul Goldschmidt - 1B
  4. Miguel Montero, C
  5. Aaron Hill, 2B
  6. Roger Kieschnick - LF
  7. Cliff Pennington - SS
  8. Tony Campana - CF
  9. Mike Bolsinger - P

I will tell you something: you certainly appreciate victories more if they are few and far between. When you get one every other day, it becomes not much more than a source of light pride, but since it seems they show up about once a week, you savor the taste of victory like a fine wine. I'm just hoping there is enough left over for another glass today. Bolsinger will make his second start, and will be hoping he can avoid the curse of the Diamondback starter: the big inning. A dozen times already, we've allowed three or more runs in a frame, over the first five frames: NL average is about 5.5. Two of those were in Bolsinger's last outing: a three-run fourth and a five-run fifth.

The newest Diamondback, Kieschnick, barely gets time to put his bag down, before he's being written into the starting lineup. We're definitely thin in the outfield, with A.J. Pollock's neck limiting him to a single pinch-run appearance since he left the finale of the Dodgers game after six innings. The left-handed Kieschnick is preferred to Cody Ross: while Ross did finally get his first hit of the season yesterday, he has clearly struggled since his return from the DL, going 1-for-21 with no walks and eight strikeouts. Pennington also starts today, in place of Chris Owings, as we face former Diamondback no-hitter pitcher Jackson.

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