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Dbacks 7, Brewers 5: A Game of Firsts

The game tonight was marked by a lot of firsts, both firsts as in things that happened for the first time, and as in the first inning.

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Record: 12-24 On Pace: 54-108 Change on '04, '10, '13: -2/-2/-9

The first inning of tonight's game was eventful, demoralizing, and seeming indicative of how the evening was going to go for the Diamondbacks. In the top of the first, everything seemed to be going the Dbacks way. Parra lead the game off with a single, and was brought home by the first Paul Goldschmidt home run I've listened to this season. However, thanks to some disastrous defense in the bottom of the first, that lead wouldn't hold up. Nine Brewers went to the plate, five of them scored, on four hits. Chris Owings bounced a throw to Goldschmidt, which allowed a run to score, and Ender Inciarte completely airmailed a throw to the plate which allowed another run to score. Also featuring prominently were RBI doubles for Lyle Overbay and Logan Schafer. Of the five runs given up in the first inning, only one was earned.

The Dbacks never let that get to them, though, and kept battling back for the rest of the game. In the fifth inning, A.J. Pollock lead the inning off with a walk, and was brought home by a Josh Collmenter one-out single to cut the Brewers' lead down to two runs. Then in the sixth, Chris Owings hit his first Big League home run to bring the Dbacks within a run.

Meanwhile, Collmenter was completely shutting down Milwaukee. After the first inning, he pitched another four and two thirds innings, giving up zero runs, four hits, two strikeouts, and no walks. Without that kind of performance, there is no way the Dbacks win this game. He was pulled in with two on and two outs in the sixth for Evan Marshall,in his first appearance in the Majors, who got Carlos Gomez to ground out to short and end the inning.

Finally, in the seventh inning, the Dbacks struck big. Goldschmidt started things off right with a double. He was brought home the next batter by a Miguel Montero single to tie the game, and then Aaron Hill hit a two-run home run which ended up being the difference in this one. Dbacks 7, Brewers 5.

Marshall, now in line for his first win, came back out for the bottom of the seventh, recorded his first two strike outs, and sat the Brewers down in order. Brad Ziegler and Addison Reed did the same in the eighth and ninth innings respectively to close out my first winning recap and the game.

Source: FanGraphs

First: Aaron Hill, 28.8%

Honorary First: Paul Goldschmidt, 23.9%

Not first (and not really his fault): Josh Collmenter, -33.8

It's not the most rec'd comment in the GDT, but MrMrribi giving permission to the Dbacks to win the game has to get CotN

Checking in

I hereby deem it OK for the DBacks to rally and win this game.

A quiet thread tonight, with yours truely leading the comment count with only 39 comments. Preston.salisbury and onedotfive rounded out the podium with 37 each. All present were:

AzDbackfanInDc, AzRattler, Clefo, DbacksSkins, DeadmanG, EzioExManAZ, GODSCHMIDT, GuruB, Jim McLennan, JoeCB1991, JoelPre, John Baragona, Makakilo, Marc Fournier, MrMrrbi, SenSurround, TolkienBard,backtocali, blank_38, cheese1213, cole8865, dsadbacks2001, hotclaws, imstillhungry95, makattack71, onedotfive,preston.salisbury, txzona

Early, early start time tomorrow and radio only, with a 10:10 am Arizona time start. If that's something you'd be interested in, see you then!