Record: 2-7. Page: 36-126. Change on 2013: -4
That took a long time didn't it? But the guys in Sedona Red secured their second win of the season. That it took nine games to get to this point . . . well, let's focus on the positives, eh? Player of the game for me was Wade Miley, who pitched eight strong innings, helped out by four double plays, and collected three hits. Overall, the D-backs had 11 hits, led by Professor Trumbadore, who #trumbomb'ed for the fourth straight game and drew two (count e'm two!) walks.
The top of the first felt like a microcosm of the season so far. With two outs, Goldy singled, Prado doubled, and Trumbo drew a walk. Up to the plate came our beloved catcher, he of the $60 million contract. As all too many expected, he struck out and the inning ended. The bottom of the inning gave us a successful Rockies challenge on a very close play at first, but it was all for naught, as the D'backs turned the first of their four double-plays.
The action picked up again in the top of the third, when Pollock and Hill singled. Goldy ripped a grounder down the third base line that Arenado punched into foul territory, allowing Pollock and Hill to score and Goldy to reach second. The Rockies IBB'd Trumbledore to get Miggy up with one out, as the Gameday thread nodded their collective heads, saying "Yup, that's what I'd do too." You can guess what happened next. A GIDP from Miggy ended the threat, but not before the D-backs took a 2-0 lead.
The D-backs picked up another run in the top of fourth as Chris Owings doubled and Miley ripped a single to right to score him. And the top of the fifth gave us a two-run #trumbomb, his fourth in as many days. The D-backs had a 5-0 lead. The Rockies got on the board in the bottom of the inning with sac fly from Drew Stubbs. 5-1. 5 -1 = 4. If you were like me, you noted that a four run lead has not been a good thing to have (7-3 lead blown to the Giants in Game 3, 4-0 lead blown last night).
The sixth saw the D-backs load the bases again, but Prado grounded out. I'm sure we'd all really like to see the Veteran Leaders (tm) Prado and Montero get into a groove (Prado did have a two-hit game). The Rockies picked up another run on a sac fly in the seventh to make the score 5-2.
Miley finished out the eighth at 93 pitches, and Reed came on for the three-run save in the bottom of the ninth. CarGo singled to start off the inning. He took of for second, had a bad break, and . . . Miggy airmailed it to center. Tulo walked, bringing the tying run to the plate with no outs. Rosario hit a tailor-made double play, though. The run scored, making it 5-3. Arenado popped out, and that was that. Still, WINZ!!!!!
[Click to enlarge, at fangraphs.com]
Harry Potter: Wade Miley, +32.1%
Ron Weasley: Goldschmidt, +15.9%; Trumbo +11.3%
Draco Malfoy: Miguel Montero, -17.2%
Brisk Sunday thread, and once we got over the shell-shock of having a lead, quite a cheery one. Must have been Throwback Day, as dbackSkins had more comments than the next two combined (Clefo and preston.salisbury). Also present: 4 Corners Fan, AzDbackfanInDc, AzRattler, Dallas D'Back Fan, GODSCHMIDT, GuruB, Incomplete Translation, Jim McLennan, JoeCB1991, John Baragona, MrMrrbi, RobbieFVK, Rockkstarr12, SenSurround, Swishblade, TakeFive, Zavada's Moustache, asteroid, azcougs, azshadowwalker, cole8865, dbrowell, hotclaws, imstillhungry95, kishi, onedotfive, soco, txzona and xmet.
Comment of the day goes to ZM, who suggested the brilliant nickname of Trumbledore.
Since "Plumbledore" seems to have fallen through as a Miles Plumlee nickname over on BSOTS
Has anyone suggest "Trumbledore" yet?
Be gentle in the comments, folks. It's my first time.