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PHOENIX, AZ - AUGUST 21:  Relief pitcher J.J. Putz #40 of the Arizona Diamondbacks pitches against the Miami Marlins during the MLB game at Chase Field on August 21, 2012 in Phoenix, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
PHOENIX, AZ - AUGUST 21: Relief pitcher J.J. Putz #40 of the Arizona Diamondbacks pitches against the Miami Marlins during the MLB game at Chase Field on August 21, 2012 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Record: 62-61. Pace: 82-80. Change on last year: -7.

Two games, two demoralizing losses to the Marlins. Yesterday, if you didn't know, was a blowout loss, a real laugher. Today started great for the Diamondbacks, and quickly went south. Some bad bullpen work, a non-existant offense after the first inning, and an extra innings loss all added up to another kind of bad loss. What will tomorrow bring? I don't want to even think about it. Read below if you feel like torturing yourself.

Everything seemed so wonderful in the first inning. Trevor Cahill mowed through the Marlins, and then the first 6 Diamondbacks reached base safely without recording an out. Here's the breakdown:

  • Chris Young walks
  • Aaron Hill doubles, CY scores
  • Jason Kubel singles, Hill to third
  • Paul Goldschmidt walks, Kubel to second
  • Justin Upton singles, Hill and Kubel score
  • Miguel Montero singles, Goldschmidt scores

Then Ryan Wheeler hit a sac-fly and Upton scurried home. Surely, a 5 run lead in the 1st was a good portent of things to come?

Alas, it t'wasn't to be. The D-backs bats died after this, and the Marlins slowly came alive and clawed their way back. Florida Miami struck immediately back, getting back 2 runs in the 2nd off a walk, 2 singles, and a double, all around Cahill striking out the side.

The Marlins tied the game up in the 6th, and the game was reset. Mike Stanton led off with a double, and then was brought home off a Solano single. At this point Cahill was lifted from the game in favor of Matt Albers, but he couldn't stop the bleeding. He gave up a walk and 2 singles to allow 2 more runs to score.

Sam Demel was given the call in the 10th, and well, there's probably a reason he hasn't been in the majors since last year. He gave up a single and an intentional walk, and faced Stanton with two outs. Giancarlo then did what Giancarlo does, and ripped a single out to left, giving the Marlins the go ahead run.

Both Ryan Wheeler and Jake Elmore would reach base in the bottom half of the 10th with 2 outs, but John McDonald then quickly grounded out to end our suffering.

Cahill didn't have that bad of a night, but he couldn't go deep enough. He only went 5.1 innings, giving up 7 hits and 1 walk, and allowing 4 earned runs. He also struck out 6, but it seemed like he couldn't get his signature groundball game going. Marlins were either teeing off or striking out, and just enough of the latter to keep the game close.

Ricky Nolasco was the starter for the Marlins, and outside of the 1st inning he wasn't so bad. It looked like an early rout, as you've read above, but he stuck it out for 5 innings, giving up 5 runs on 6 hits and 2 walks, while striking out only 2.

Perhaps worst of all is that in the first inning Upton was injured. It seems to be a fairly light injury and he's listed day-to-day, but it's not exactly what what you want to see.

Source: FanGraphs

Curly: JJ Putz (14.1%)

Larry and Moe: Aaron Hill (11.7%), David Hernandez (10.9%)

Curly Joe: Sam Demel (-29.4%)

Shemp: Matt Albers (-19.8%)

The less said about this game, the better, one would think, but we didn't know that in the GDT. No, we were largely in high spirits, and then slowly slid into despair as the score worsened. Over 1300 comments were posted, with AzDbackfanInDc taking the pole. He was joined in the Century Club by imstillhungry95, snakecharmer, and Clefo. They were also joined by: blank_38, soco, dbacks79, PatrickPetersonAZ, GuruB, onedotfive, asteroid, DivineWolfwood, hotclaws, Zavada's Moustache, SongBird, xmet, Rockkstarr12, rd33, CaptainCanuck, benhat, Backin'the'Backs, Baseballdad, Electromikey, txzona, since_98, TinySarabia, shoewizard, Husk, Jim McLennan, Joel Preston, Bryn21, and kishi.

Comment of the Day goes to this exchange between Bryn21 and shoewizard, because it's true:

I don't

even know who to free anymore. Somebody hold me.

"A quality start is shaking hands with your catcher." (Sandy Koufax)

by Bryn21 on Aug 22, 2012 1:07 AM EDT reply actions


I miss Daron in the booth., If you agree, make this signature your own.

by shoewizard on Aug 22, 2012 1:08 AM EDT up reply actions

So there you have it. 2 games, 2 bad losses. Tomorrow is the first ever doubleheader at Chase Field, so that's pretty cool. Unfortunately, it always seems like doubleheaders have one game a blowout, so hopefully we're not on the bad end of that. First game starts at 12:40pm, and the second at 6:40pm. I hope you'll be around to catch the games, because it should be fun regardless of the game.