Record: 48-61. Pace: 71-91. Change over 2014: -8.
The Diamondbacks took down the visiting Pittsburgh Pirates via the long ball, with three different hitters getting dingers. Martin Prado and Gerardo Parra went back-to-back in the 6th to give Arizona 6-3 lead. Prado's (Andy Marte) home run was interesting in that he had literally just arrived at the ballpark from Reno. Boy, is that going to be a fun story he can tell people. Nick Ahmed would add an insurance run in the 8th with his first career homer.
The Pirates put up some fight, getting the first two runs in the second inning, then fighting back to tie the game in the 6th. The two runs came in the 2nd off a Russell Martin, which brought home Neil Singler and Ike Davis (Did you know he went to Arizona State [ASU ASU ASU ASU ASU ASU ASU ASU]?). Their third run to tie the game in the 6th inning came off a Neil Homer blast. Would it be enough? No.
Josh Collmenter had a good bounce back game, though Gibby kept him on a short leash. He ended up going 5 1/3 inning, getting pulled in the 6th after giving up a home run to tie the game at 3 runs a piece. He struck out 4 and walked 2 in his short outing, but the bullpen somehow kept it together and only gave up one more run the rest of the way to secure the win.
Addison Reed, of course, had to make it slightly interesting. After getting the first two outs, no sweat, Josh Harrison stepped up to the plate. Harrison had already swung through 4 strikeouts, but he wouldn't qualify for the Platinum Sombrero tonight. Instead he lashed a two out double. Reed would bear down (ugh, I know), though, and get Gregory Polanco to strike out looking.
The win gives Kirk Gibson 338 wins as a manager, which as we all knows is a Very Important Metric and definitely reflects on his ability to manage the game. 337 isn't a particularly interesting number, except that it now makes Gibson the winningliness manager in D-backs history.
Here's a 14 minutes of pissed off goalies to celebrate:
Q: Jordan Pacheco (24.8%)
W: Josh Collmenter (batting 24.4%)
I: Josh Collmenter (pitching -13%)
L: Miguel Montero (-12.6%)
Comment of the Night goes to DbacksSkins, who unleashed this prediction at the start of Andy Marte's pinch hit at-bat in the 6th, right before he hit a home run:
Andy Marte now batting
because that’s what’s become of our season.
Kevin Towers strategy: Fish every year, never cut bait for the future.
Skins was the only one to break 100 comments, and he was joined by: Angry_Saguaro, AzRattler, BrokeNBattleX, DeadmanG, GuruB, Hazzard21, Jim McLennan, JoeCB1991, JoelPre, Makakilo, MrMrrbi, SenSurround, SongBird, Umbrella24, asteroid, benhat, david.munter, freeland1787, hotclaws, mrssoco, onedotfive, porty99, preston.salisbury, shoewizard, and soco.
Tomorrow the D-backs are back at it. I hear it's going to be a Beercap, so you should tune in for that alone. First pitch is at 6:40pm Arizona time. Join us, won't you?