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Preview: Game #97, Diamondbacks @ Giants

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Safe to say, last night's game wasn't quite the start to the second-half of the season we wanted: we're still looking for our first run. Hopefully, tonight will go a little better, offensively.

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Wade Miley
LHP, 6-7, 4.01
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Matt Cain
RHP, 5-6, 5.06

Diamondbacks line-up

  1. Adam Eaton, CF
  2. Gerardo Parra, RF
  3. Paul Goldschmidt, 1B
  4. Aaron Hill, 2B
  5. Miguel Montero, C
  6. Martin Prado, 3B
  7. Cody Ross, LF
  8. Cliff Pennington, SS
  9. Ian Kennedy, P

Well, I had a lovely preview under way, but then my computer locked up totally: not even a CTRL-ALT-DEL could rescue it from its state as a high-tech doorstop. Finally, a hard reboot eventually did the trick, but took forever. And I get back in to find that the auto-save feature which should have kept a copy of my preview, hadn't. So you'll forgive me if this preview is short, bordering on the terse, and probably rather grumpy.

On the other hand, might be best it was lost, as it was rather scathing, shall we say, about the social media outpouring of woe after last night's game. Judging by the Twitter, the Diamondbacks will never score again and have just been eliminated from playoff contention. Sure, it'd have been nice to have started the second half better: by scoring a run, for example. But there are 66 games left, and contests like last night are going to happen. Even if we make the playoffs, we're probably looking at close to 30 losses between now and the end of the season. In other words: chill, people.

And with that. Beat the Giants. Dodgers and Nationals are locked in a scoreless game in the sixth, should you be interested. And I know you probably are,