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Diamondbacks 1, Reds 2: Ouroboros

The Diamondbacks came into Cincinnati for a 4 game series against the next closest team in the Wild Card standings, down 4 games. They lost 3 of 4, naturally.

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Some snakes are poisonous enough that you can be bitten and be a dead man walking.  The time it takes for the venom to kill you is so quick, you don't have much of a chance to get help.  You're dead, you just don't know it yet.

This Reds series might have been the killing blow for the Diamondbacks season.  Oh, they'll keep playing, but only because moving forward is the only way a matter of routine.

Trevor Cahill has had a tumultuously tour since being brought over from the A's.  There wasn't much to complain about tonight.  After the bullpen being shredded last night, he pitched 7 full innings, and only gave up 1 run on 4 hits and 4 walks, with 7 strikeouts.  It was the kind of performance we all dreamed of when the Cahill deal was originally announced.

That the Diamondbacks lost today is hardly his fault.  Mat Latos handcuffed the Diamondbacks, holding them to 1 run over 8 innings, while striking out 6 of his own.

The box score, and the description above, might delude you into believing this was a tight pitcher's duel, and it largely was.  The Red first run came in the bottom of the 3rd, and was largely a gift of a series of wild pitches by Cahill.  Shin Soo Choo led the inning off with a single, then moved to second then third on two straight wild pitches.  Joey Votto, on first, moved to second on a third wild pitch, and Choo was brought home on a double play groundout by Brandon Phillips.

The Diamondbacks responded immediately in the to of the 4th, hitting back to back singles to get Adam Eaton and Paul Goldschmidt on base.  Martin Prado then ground into his own double play, surprise, surprise.  Luckily the scoring threat wasn't abandoned completely with an Aaron Hill single that brought Eaton in to knot the score at 1.

Remember those wild pitches?  I hope you do, I mentioned them 2 paragraphs ago.  Cahill wasn't the only D-backs to get in on the fun.  In the bottom of the 8th, Choo again led the inning off with a single.  After an error and a sacrifice bunt, Choo stood on third.  I'm sure you can guess what happened next, but for those not picking up on the heavy foreshadowing, Eury De La Rosa unleashed his own wild pitch to give the Reds the lead.

And that was that.

Source: FanGraphs

Something Good: Trevor Cahill (29.%)

Something Bad: Eury De La Rosa (-27.3%)

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Tomorrow the D-backs continue on their East Coast Misery Tour by going to Philadelphia.  Be sure to eat cheesesteaks and hustle something illicit to get that authentic Philly experience.