Record: 76-74, On pace: 82-80, Change: +1
The evening started out quite nicely, with a lot of us SPF participants meeting up at the Rose and Crown before the game. I got the Fish & Chips, which, as the title suggests were quite tasty. I, at least, had a lot of fun hanging out with those that were there, and I think everyone else did as well. Then we headed over to the park, and it pretty much all went to heck from there...
Patrick Corbin wasted no time in stinking the place up. He got The Puigasaurus to fly out, but then gave up singles to Mark Ellis and Hanley Ramirez. Then he gave up an 2 RBI double to Matt Kemp, and a two run home run to Juan Uribe. Got out of the first without any more damage, but the score was already 4-0 Dodgers.
The second inning went better for Corbin. He sat down the side in order. He even struck out The Puig (0-for-2). But it was not to last. He didn't even manage to get an out in the third inning. Hanley Ramirez lead off with a walk. Adrian Gonzalez knocked him in with a home run. This brought the Dodgers run total to six. Corbin gave up a double to Matt Kemp, and Gibson had seen enough. Our ace got pulled after 2+ innings. That sums the evening up pretty well. Matt Langwell came in to actually get a few outs in the inning. 6-0 Dodgers.
Where was the Diamondback offense during all this? Well, actually, that's a good question. If you have any information about their whereabouts, you're encouraged to call the F.B.I. tip line. Adam Eaton and Aaron Hill both got singles to lead off the game, then the next nine batters sat down in order.
Oh look. It's the Dodgers turn to hit again. Matt Langwell is still pitching. It's Zach Greinke leading off. This should be an out, right? Oh, he's going to walk? Fine. Whatever. The Puigasaurus is up. He makes another out. This is good. M. Ellis gets a RBI single. 7-0 Dodgers. Adrian Gonzalez makes an out! No runs score! Progress! Matt Kemp singles. Gets an RBI. But Ramirez is out at third on a TOOTBLAN. Inning over, Dodgers up by 8.
As a side note, Puigasaurus was a nickname invented by someone at the game, but I missed who. If anyone knows who that was, chime up in the comments :-)
For the next five innings, the Dodgers were pretty quiet. The only score one more run, bringing their total on the night to nine. We now cover what transpired for the Dbacks in the bottom halves of the inning, starting with the fourth. Chaz Roe pitched the fifth, Tony Sipp pitched in the sixth, Heath Bell in the seventh, Eury De La Rosa in the eighth, and JJ Putz finished it off in the ninth.
Right. The bottom of the fourth. Goldschmidt got it started off well with a single, and was quickly followed by Eric Chavez doing the same thing, moving The Golden One to third in the process. The later was then brought home on a Martin Prado fielder's choice, putting the Dbacks on the board. At this point, the score was 8-1 Dodgers.
Bottom of the fifth rolls around, and the Dbacks return to their futile ways. Didi Gregorius popped up to third base, pinch hitter Tony Campana would strike out, and Eaton grounded out to second.
In the sixth, Hill sent fly ball into the left field stands to get the Dbacks another run, and Goldschimdt hit a double, but everyone else went away quietly.
At this point, Gibson starts substituting everyone, and the couple players he didn't take from the game, he moved around in the field. It made no sense. I will tell you, though, that Willie Bloomquist grounded out to shortstop in the 8th and brought home Cliff Pennington to give the game a final score of 9-3
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Not Patrick Corbin: Aaron Hill, 6.1%
Patrick Corbin: Patrick Corbin, -36.7%
To call the Gameday thread slow would be an understatement. Diamondhacks and preston.salisbury were the only two to reach 20 comments on the night. It only reach 100 total because Jim went in and posted several comments when he got home. I also posted one or two. All present were:
Diamondhacks, GODSCHMIDT, GuruB, Jim McLennan, JoeCB1991, Rockkstarr12, azshadowwalker, coldblueAZ, hotclaws, imstillhungry95, kishi, onedotfive, preston.salisbury, soco
I would just like to thank Asteroid for donating her extra season tickets so we could have a Snakepit Fest tonight. It was really cool, and nice for me personally, so I can finally attach some faces to usernames. Same teams tomorrow. The Dodgers have a chance to clinch. I believe the game will be on ESPN tomorrow, and thus it's been bumped back to a 7:00 PM start time. See you then?