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Diamondbacks 3, Giants 4: LOB City

The post ASB doldrums continue as the D'Backs drop the second game of a three game series against the Giants.


I'll level with you guys. I could probably sum up this game with the following cropped screenshot of the position players for the Diamondbacks tonight:


But I think Jim would get mad at me, so we soldier on. Wade Miley took the hill against Matt Cain and things happened. The first thing that happened was Miley giving up an RBI double to Pablo Sandoval to make it 1-0 Giants in the 1st. Wade settled down in the 2nd and 3rd innings. However, in the 4th he ran into some trouble. He loaded up the bases with no outs. He also walked Jeff Francoeur with some "looks good to me!" pitches being called balls to make it 2-0.

Now, you might think things would really go to poop at this point, but to Miley's credit that was all he allowed that inning. After a wild pitch, he made a good play at the plate to tag out Pablo Sandoval to prevent a run from scoring. He then got Tony Abreu to ground to Martin Prado, who threw Pence out at the plate. A strikeout later and Miley was out of it with minimal damage.

Not that this impressed Kirk Gibson very much, but you can't please everyone, I guess. With two runners on and one out, Gibby pulled Miley for pinch hitter Eric Chavez. Chavez proceeded to ground into half a double play. A takeout slide by Cliff Pennington combined with a bad throw from Tony Abreu ended up with a relay throw not in the First Baseman's glove, which scored Martin Prado to make it 2-1 Giants. Adam Eaton and Gerardo Parra drew walks against Cain and for the second time in two games, Paul Goldschmidt came up with the bases loaded and two outs and a chance to give his team some runs. For the second time in two games, he grounded out.

Josh Collmenter came in relief of Miley in the 5th. With two outs and one runner on, he faced Buster Posey. Posey proceeded to be very rude and drive one to dead center field for a home run to make it 4-1 Giants. In the top of the 6th, Aaron Hill and Parra would lead off the inning with singles. Martin Prado had a single himself after that and the D'Backs got that extra run they needed in the previous inning to make it 4-2. Two fly outs and a walk later, Adam Eaton came up with the bases loaded and two outs. In a familiar theme, he struck out swinging on a very ugly pitch that most Little Leaguers would have laid off of. Except for that one guy I knew. Wonder what happened to him?

Anyway, for the rest of the offensive night, the D'Backs would get runners on base and then proceed to strand them in the last three times at bat. However, in the 9th, Martin Prado was able to get an RBI single to score Paul Goldschmidt to make it 4-3! There was a chance to tie the game possibly with two outs. It's Cody Ross against a righty, what could go wrong?

He struck out, and that was that.

Source: FanGraphs

Chris Paul: Miguel Montero, +12.5%
Donald Sterling: Josh Collmenter, -16.5%

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Tomorrow the D'Backs try to avoid the sweep and stay at least a half game up on the Dodgers (who are running over the Nationals like a Marlins outfielder runs over... I'll stop there.) MadBum, takes on RandDel at about 1 PM. You can watch it, if you have a television.