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Game #92: Diamondbacks vs. Marlins

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Can the Diamondbacks win their third in a row, for the first time since they swept the Rockies at Coors Field?

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

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Brad Hand
LHP, 0-1, 6.21
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Vidal Nuno
LHP, 2-5, 5.42

Diamondbacks Lineup

  1. Ender Inciarte - CF
  2. Aaron Hill - 2B
  3. Paul Goldschmidt - 1B
  4. Martin Prado - 3B
  5. Cody Ross :LF
  6. Tuffy Gosewisch - C
  7. Gerardo Parra - RF
  8. Nick Ahmed - SS
  9. Vidal Nuño - P

So, I DVR's the World Cup semi-final this afternoon, but was a bit short of time when I came back to the house, and figured I'd fast-forward through the first half, reckoning it'd be a close game and likely go to extra-time or penalties. At the very least, the score at half-time wouldn't be a decisive blowout. I mean, it's not as if one side was going to be 5-0 up inside thirty minutes or anything... Damn. Kinda shot myself in the foot there, didn't I? Wasn't a great deal of excitement left, watching the second half after that. Let's hope this evening's game does not result in such a blowout of the home side.

What? Tuffy is hitting sixth? He'll need oxygen to cope with being so high in the batting order. It's a first in his career, but perhaps indicates less a great deal of confidence in his offensive ability, than a lack of that in the prowess of Parra against a left-handed pitcher ad Ahmed in general. Of course, it's the southpaw on the mound which explains why Gosewisch is starting again: it's his second game in three days, which is unheard of this season as well. In the 89 games prior to Sunday, he had precisely 12 starts, so was getting out there about once every eight or nine days on average.

But of most interest tonight with be the Diamondbacks debut of Mr. Alt+164, Vidal Nuño [man, I haven't had to use that since the days of Tony Peña]. I think it's safe to say that expectation in general for Nuño are modest. Still, we've seen generally adequate performances from our other replacement starters like Chase Anderson and Mike Bolsinger, so if we can get the same from Nuño, we'll be satisfied with that. How the bar has been lowered on the 2014 Diamondbacks. We were supposed to be competing in this division, now we're hoping we might get "generally adequate" out of a guy plucked from indie ball...