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Diamondbacks 1, Indians 0: I Have No Runs and I Must Scream

The Diamondbacks pulled out the win in extra innings to split the doubleheader in a pitcher's duel.

David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

I'm going to take you behind the scenes into my recap writing process. I usually have a blank, unsaved .txt file that just jots down interesting points in the game. I usually use these as reference to other plays that I then go to MLB Gameday to get the exact detail. It's usually pretty full in a normal game, but for this particular contest I had only written the following things down before extra innings:


Tomlin perfect through 3

Tuffy double+error top 8 leadoff of Scott Atchison... stranded

We'll take them point by point


Andrew Chafin made his MLB debut tonight, which was neat! He was pretty good too, going five scoreless innings and striking out three on two walks. He had some trouble getting hitters out, getting his pitch count up thanks to many foul balls and the like, but he put up goose eggs. How will he be rewarded for this start?

It's only awkward if we make it awkward.

Tomlin perfect through 3

Yes, Cleveland starter Josh Tomlin was also on point. As the note suggests, he retired the first nine Diamondbacks he faced. Ender Inciarte broke up the perfecto with an infield single in the 4th. Despite not throwing very many pitches, he was lifted in the 5th, because he is a reliever that has not been stretched out, but with whoever that starter in the previous game going 8 innings for them, the Cleve had a bullpen to burn.

Both bullpens did pretty well, as the final scoreline indicates through contextual clues. There were a few nice diving plays by Indians outfielders to rob D'backs, specifically David Peralta, of hits that may have scored runs, so that was annoying.

Tuffy double+error top 8 leadoff of Scott Atchison... stranded

Pretty self-explanatory, but we soldier on. Tuffy Goeswisch hit a double, then Ryan Raburn (one of the aforementioned divey outfielders) fumbled with it and he ended up on third with nobody out. You felt that the Diamondbacks would score now. Mark Rzepczynski came in and struck out Inciarte for the first out. Cliff Pennington walked, but David Peralta struck out swinging. Old friend Bryan Shaw came in and walked Mark Trumbo, but was able to get Miguel Montero to ground into a fielder's choice. The game went into extras at 0-0.

(I want to point out for historical record that I was supposed to recap the first game, but I had car trouble that needed immediate attention and switched.)

Nothing really happened in extras. Well, Randall Delgado was able to work out of a leadoff double, so that was cool. The Diamondbacks put up the only run of the game when Tuffy Gosewisch was able to get a seeing-eye single that scored Xavier Paul, pinch running for Alfredo Marte, from second. Addison Reed got the save, as he does occasionally.

Source: FanGraphs

Double Indemnity: Tuffy (+33.4%)
Double Dragon (The Movie): Peralta (-29.6%)

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Diamondbacks begin a series in Miami tomorrow. So watch that.