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Trevor Cahill was largely ineffective, but the offense was even more so, as Arizona dropped the opener of a three-game series against St. Louis this evening.

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Trevor Cahill suffered from a combination of bad luck, a somewhat dubious strike-zone and poor location, delivering his third consecutive sub-quality start. He lasted five innings this evening, being charged with nine hits and five runs, all earned. Cahill walked three, and became the first Diamondbacks pitcher since 2009 to throw five innings or more, and not strike out a batter. He was replaced by Randall Delgado, part of the return in the Justin Upton trade, being used to eat up innings before being swapped out for Tyler Skaggs' start tomorrow: however, Delgago failed to make a good impression, allowing a two-run homer and four hits over two innings.

The Diamondbacks did get on the board, a Paul Goldschmidt groundout scoring Gerardo Parra to extend Arizona's streak of not having been shutout this season. But this was a lone bright spot in an evening where just about everything that could go wrong, did go wrong. Parra and Willie Bloomquist each picked up two of the Diamondbacks' seven hits, and Eric Hinske came off the bench with a pinch-hit double to lead off the eighth, but was stranded there. We'll reconvene again tomorrow, with a battle of young pitching prospects, that sees Tyler Skaggs taking on Michael Wacha: hopefully with a rather better result for the visiting team.