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Diamondbacks 2, Cardinals 4: Wade Miley Is Not Enough

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The Diamondbacks jumped out to an early lead in the first, but were unable to hold on to it in the later innings. It wasn't the bullpen completely, this time.

Dilip Vishwanat

In the first inning it really seemed like it would be a duck race in favor the visiting Diamondbacks. Gerardo Parra led things off with a single, Martin Prado walked, and then Parra scored on a Goldschmidt single. Two runners on, one run in, and still no outs? I'll take that every day. Aaron Hill would sacrifice Prado in with a fly out, but that would be it for the Diamondbacks offense.

Arizona got hits, ending with 8 total, but as is so often the case they could never string anything together. Both Chad Pennington and Tuffy Gosewisch inexplicably got 2 hits, yet the Diamondbacks weren't able to take advantage of that statistical anomaly.

You look at a score of 4-2 and you think, "Wade Miley deserves better." Well, maybe he does in general, but he contributed his own fair share to the loss.

6 2/3 innings pitched, 5 hits, and only 2 runs allowed is pretty good. Miley outlasted the Cardinal's Lynn, who only could go 6 innings. The problem came more from all the runners the Diamondbacks allowed. Miley ended up walking 4, not showing great control, but it was an Aaron Hill error in the bottom of the 6th that set the table for blowing the lead. The error was followed by a Jhonny Peralta double, and then a Shane Robinson double to tie the game 2-2.

The Cardinals would take the lead for good in the bottom of the 7th after a case of Gibby leaving his starter out too long. His hands seemed to be tied, however, in that it didn't seem like Randall Delgado was quite ready when he was needed most. Matt Holiday stood on first after a two out walk, and Miley was allowed to face Allen Craig. The Redbird would hit a double, scoring Holiday and giving the home team the lead they wouldn't relinquish.

Full recap to follow, but feel free to vent in the comments below.