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Game #63: Diamondbacks vs. Braves

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Yeah, it's probably going to continue to be A Story, for as long as Upton is in the majors. So, probably at least another decade or so. Get used it.

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Julio Teheran
RHP, 5-3, 1.83
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Brandon McCarthy
RHP, 1-7, 5.20

Diamondbacks Lineup

  1. Didi Gregorius - SS
  2. Gerardo Parra - RF
  3. Paul Goldschmidt - 1B
  4. Martin Prado - 3B
  5. Aaron Hill - 2B
  6. David Peralta - LF
  7. Tuffy Gosewisch - C
  8. Ender Inciarte - CF
  9. Brandon McCarthy - P

Bunch of stories here tonight. The return of Justin Upton, etc. etc. Starting against us is a pitcher whom we supposedly spurned in preference for Randall Delgado. B.J. Upton's late arrival, due to his girilfriend giving birth in Tampa on Thursday [his flight is due in about 5:30pm, so he's not in the Braves' starting line-up]. And Beach Night at Chase Field, with the presence of some special guests, which leads to Tweets such as this:

And then, of course, there's the ongoing struggles of Brandon McCarthy. Updating some stats from his last start, his ERA through the first three innings is now 2.00; thereafter, it's 8.35. And then, there's this:

Split G PA AB R H HR BB SO SO/W BA OBP SLG OPS
Pitch 1-25 12 79 77 4 12 2 2 21 10.50 .156 .177 .247 .424
Pitch 26-50 12 78 73 10 22 3 4 18 4.50 .301 .338 .493 .831
Pitch 51-75 12 87 79 18 27 4 5 15 3.00 .342 .384 .557 .941
Pitch 76-100 10 60 58 11 22 2 1 8 8.00 .379 .383 .638 1.021

So, brace yourself. A loss tonight would keep McCarthy on track with Willie Blair, tied on eight for the most losses by a Diamondbacks pitcher at this point in the season. Blair ended with 15 losses for us in 1998, particularly impressive since he only made 23 starts. Mind you, if the offense performs like they did the past couple of days, that'll help. Arizona tied a franchise record with 28 runs over two games, something they haven't done since the very end of the 2002 season, when they beat the Rockies 17-8 and 11-8, at Bank One. Of course, that was a) in Coors, and b) against Colorado. Teheran and the Braves should present just a slightly tougher challenge.