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D'Backs 3, Brewers 1: A Wild One

Wade Miley was excellent, and the Diamondbacks caught a good break to score the winning runs against the Brewers to open the three game set with a win.


Record: 3-1. Pace: 122-40. Change on 2012: -1.

Before I start this recap off I want to say the following:

ESPN Radio 1490 and 104.9 in Tucson? You make terrible programming decisions and you should feel bad about them.

With that said: The D'Backs came into this game a day and change after that marathon on Wednesday/Thursday. Would there be some sort of hangover or lack of energy? Probably not, these guys are professional athletes, give them some credit, jeez.

Wade Miley made his first start of the season. As you may recall, he had some dead arm issues during Spring Training, so there was some intrigue as to how he would perform here. Also of intrigue: Ryan Braun, public enemy number 1 of Bud Selig, was scratched from Milwaukee's lineup after experiencing neck spasms during batting practice, as one does. This was also the season debut for Kyle Lohse, who somehow gamed the system so he wouldn't have to spend a month in Maryvale. Clever boy.

The two pitchers exchanged zeroes through the first three innings. They were also hording K's like Pat Boone had told them to on TV. Five of the first six outs that Lohse recorded were strikeouts, but it should be noted that he did not have another strikeout after that in the game, which means adjustments were made, probably.

The D'Backs got on scoresheet first in the 4th. Paul Goldschmidt hit a two out double that scored Martin Prado from third. This was against a right-handed pitcher, so that is also nice. However, in bottom half Wade Miley decided to be nice and let Jean Segura hit his first career home run that just got over the outstretched glove of A.J Pollock. Congratulations to him on that, but no more this series, okay? Glad we talked.

Later on in the inning, Aramis Ramirez hit a ball down the line that, for all intents and purposes, should have been called a foul ball. Unluckily for Ramirez, the ball ricocheted right back to Jason Kubel, who proceeded to throw him out at second. Even more unluckily for him, he injured himself on the slide into the base. Word from the radio was that it was a sprained knee.

Nothing much else of note happened until the 7th. The bases were loaded with one out when Gibby decided to pull Miley for Alfredo Marte. Marte then proceeded to strike out, which is something Wade Miley could have done himself. Things looked bleak with Gerardo Parra coming up until something magical happened. Mike Gonzalez was on the mound for the Brewers, and he threw a pitch over Jonathan Lucroy. Adding insult to injury, Lucroy could not find the ball for a few moments afterwards, and that caused both Goldschmidt and Kubel to score, making the score 3-1 Diamondbacks.

That would turn out to be enough. Brad Ziegler, David Hernandez, and J.J Putz pitched the last three frames. All had a little drama in the form of baserunners, but none of them allowed a run, and the D'Backs improved to 3-1 on the season so far.

Source: FanGraphs

Awesome!: Paul Goldschmidt, 40.4%
Cool!: Wade Miley, 24.9%
Lame!: Aaron Hill, -14.2%

Torgo's final line was: 6.0 IP, 1 ER, 5 H, 8 K, 1 BB, which should hopefully put to rest fears that his arm issues would carry on into the season. SSS though, but you had to like what you saw from him. Well, you didn't HAVE to, but if you're reading this website there's a good chance that you should, given the likely fandom demographics and all.

The GDT had 489 comments at the time of writing. A slightly lower number than were there on Wednesday, for some reason. I had the most comments, soco had the second most, and Shawnwck took the bronze. Also present were: AzDbackfanInDc, Britback, Fangdango, GuruB, Jake6233, Jim McLennan, JoeCB1991, LiamNeeson, Murricles, Rockkstarr12, SwankTheTank, The so-called Beautiful, TinySarabia, Zavada's Moustache, asteroid, backtocali, coldblueAZ, ford.williams.10, grimmy01, hotclaws, jmh1982, kishi, luckycc, onedotfive, piratedan7, rd33, since_98, and snakecharmer.

Tomorrow is the second of the three game series, because that's how they do them nowadays, with Patrick Corbin taking on Mike Fiers. First pitch is at 4:10 PM Arizona time! See you there. Well, I won't, I'm gonna be in Bisbee playing old timey baseball.