Diamondbacks 4, Astros 1: Pool Shot, Moon Shot, what's the difference?

A picture from yesterday's game, because they don't seem to have uploaded any from today yet... - Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

The Dbacks face the Astros today, and won the game, thanks to some out-of-this-world pitching, and a moon shot from Paul Goldschmidt. I promise, I'm done with space jokes now...

Record: 29-38 On pace: 70-92 Change on last season: -8

It seemed like it was going to be a rough game for Bronson Arroyo early on. He got Dexter Folwer to ground out to second, and Jose Alutve popped up to Aaron Hill for the second out. Things got a little bumpy after that. Jon Singleton hit a bloop single, and he was then moved to second after Jason Castro reached on a Chris Owings error. Arroyo got out of it by getting Matt Dominguez to line one back to the mound, but still not the most auspicious start to the game.

The bottom of the first went much better for the Dbacks. After Geraldo Parra and Chris Owings both struck out to start the game, Paul Goldschmidt put the Diamondbacks on the board with his first career pool shot. It was also the first time a Diamondback player had done that sine Adam Eaton did that last season. 1-0 Dbacks.

In the second innings, things went much the same for Arroyo. A walk to Robbie Grossman, a single to Alex Presley, Villar hitting into a fielders choice, and another single to Dexter Fowler loaded the bases. Again, Arroyo managed to get out of it.

After that, neither team really managed much offense. After giving up a lead off single in the third inning, Arroyo sat down eight straight batters, looking much more like the pitcher we've come to expect from him. He did give up a run in the sixth inning after Matt Dominguez was brought home by a Robbie Grossman single, but that was it. Again, Arroyo went out and gave us a very good outing. At this point, we might have to start asking ourselves if he belongs in the same list as Brad Ziegler and Aaron Hill when discussing Towers' positive acquisitions.

While the Dbacks bats were quiet most of the game, they did get the job done in the end. Martin Prado lead off the seventh with a triple, and was brought home by an Aaron Hill sac fly to break the tie and make the score 2-1 in favor of the home team. Ender Inciarte reached on an error by the Astros shortstop, Johnathon Villar, and was brought home by a Cody Ross double, who was pinch hitting for Arroyo, and a Dexter Fowler error, making the score 3-1. They added an insurance run in the eighth to make the score 4-1. Zeigler got a double play and faced only three batters in the eighth, and Addison Reed came in for a (rare) perfect save in the ninth.


Source: FanGraphs

Apollo 11: Bronson Arroyo, 26.6%

Apollo 13: Miguel Montero, -9.2%

Okay, maybe I wasn't actually done with the space jokes...

A surprisingly active Gameday Thread for a Tuesday afternoon game. We had 473 comments, at the time of writing. Dbacksskins lead the way with 89 comments, and JoeCB1991 and GuruB tied for second with 48 comments each. All present were:

Cardscrazy247, Clefo, DbacksSkins, GuruB, Jim McLennan, JoeCB1991, Kram Isterpf, LUKEthe1st, Rockkstarr12, SebSwo, SongBird, TolkienBard, Xipooo, benhat, cheese1213, hotclaws, imstillhungry95, onedotfive, piratedan7, preston.salisbury, txzona, xmet

In edition to having the second most comments, JoeCB1991 also gets comment of the day for sharing this picture that MLB Fancave tweeted out of Goldy's home run splashing down in the pool:

Thanks fancave

Carson Palmer, he goes long
by JoeCB1991 on Jun 10, 2014 | 1:06 PM reply unrec (11) actions

The team goes to Houston now for another two game series against the Astros, this time on the road. Start time will be 5:10 Arizona time. Hope to see you here!

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