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Game #4: Diamondbacks vs. Giants

The D-backs have been outscored by five runs this year, but sit at 0-3, one defeat from tying the worst start ever in franchise history. Wade Miley will try to stop that from happening tonight.

Cameron Spencer


Matt Cain
RHP, 0-0, N/A

Wade Miley
LHP, 0-1, 5.40

Diamondbacks line-up

  1. Gerardo Parra, RF
  2. Aaron Hill, 2B
  3. Paul Goldschmidt, 1B
  4. Martin Prado, 3B
  5. Miguel Montero, C
  6. Mark Trumbo, LF
  7. Chris Owings, SS
  8. A.J. Pollock, CF
  9. Wade Miley, P

Let's talk about A.J. Pollock who had a pretty wretched game last night, becoming the first D-backs leadoff hitter in team history to go 0-for-6 with four strikeouts. He's dropped to eighth this evening, and is still looking for his first knock this year, having gone 0-for-13, and becoming only the third Diamondback to start each of our first three games and go hitless in each. He follows Adam LaRoche in 2010 and Tony Batista in 1999; both of those got off the slide with multiple hits in the fourth game. Indeed, LaRoche went 8-for-18 over his next five games, while Batista went 14-for-30 in his next seven, including a five-hit game in our fifth contest.

So, probably a bit premature to call for Pollock's head, though the sooner he breaks his ohfer 2014, the happier we'll all be. I'm sure many people probably noticed Adam Eaton going 2-for-4 at the top of the White Sox order yesterday. That'll be this year's Prado vs. Upton comparison, I imagine - perhaps with every fifth day, a side-order of Tyler Skaggs updates. But right now, I think getting our first victory will be the first priority of the season. Having managed to avoid last night's debacle, courtesy of VNV Nation, I'm pinch-hitting for ish95 on recap duty tonight, so there's no escape for me. I trust the D-backs will perform appropriately, and we'll get that W under our belts.