Diamondbacks 5, Philles 6

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And it was going so well, too. We'd hit Cliff Lee, scoring five times in the first three innings, and even more miraculously, Bronson Arroyo was pitching like the crafty veteran we thought we'd signed. Then, the bullpen happened.

I'm not sure which was more astonishing: our competence against Cliff Lee, or Bronson Arroyo's dominance of the Phillies hitters. The former started in the first inning, as we scored twice, on a sacrifice fly by Paul Goldschmidt and a Cody Ross single. We made it 3-0 the next time up, on an A.J. Pollock triple, and Ross then brought two more across home plate, with a single in the third. Meanwhile, Arroyo pitched very effectively, keeping the visitors off-balance, and blanked them for the first six innings. He left with one out in the seventh, after losing the shutout and Joe Thatcher allowed an inherited runner to score. Still: 6.1 innings, two runs? I'll take it.

Unfortunately, the lead was gone by the end of the eighth inning - Kirk Gibson seemed reluctant to go to the A-pen, due to recent overuse, and it cost him. Things started with an error by Martin Prado, but things snowballed badly out of control there, as the Phillies put together a five-run inning against Trevor Cahill and Thatcher. We got the leadoff man on in the ninth, but Prado was called out at second base, after review, trying to advance on a passed ball, but overshooting the bag. Goldschmidt and Miguel Montero went down meekly, and it was Arizona's turn to suffer a late-inning loss.

Turambar will be along later with the beercap. I wonder what beer, flavored with tears and bitter defeat, tastes like?

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