"We hit some balls hard with three runs and then they scored two in the first and our pitching shut them down."
- Kirk Gibson
"In the first inning, I thought I was making decent pitches, but some groundballs were finding holes," Cahill said. "[Catcher Tuffy Gosewisch] did a good job mixing enough offspeed and whatnot to keep them off balance just enough, and I was able to get out of some jams. Fastball command wasn't there as much as it was the last couple [starts]."
- Trevor Cahill
It looked like Friday's D-backs-Marlins game was going to be an offensive show with a combined five runs in the first inning. And then ... well, nothing. Neither team pushed across a run the rest of the way as the D-backs hung on for a 3-2 win at Marlins Park.
Aaron Hill and Cliff Pennington hit home runs in the first inning for the Diamondbacks, who beat the Miami Marlins 3-2 on Friday night. Trevor Cahill (3-8) pitched 6 2-3 innings, allowing two runs and six hits. Addison Reed pitched the ninth for his 29th save in 34 chances.
For the 62nd time this season, Brad Ziegler jogged in from the bullpen on Thursday night and took the mound. No pitcher in baseball has appeared in more games, not this season and not since 2011, the outcome hanging in the balance in nearly every appearance. After two quick outs, Ziegler issued a pair of walks and gave up the game-tying single, setting the stage for the Marlins to come away with a 5-4 walkoff victory over the Diamondbacks in 10 innings.
D-backs third baseman Jake Lamb was out of the starting lineup Friday as manager Kirk Gibson wants to give the rookie a chance to process his first seven games in the big leagues.
Class-A left-hander Anthony Banda was the least experienced player the Diamondbacks received at the July 31 deadline, but he may have made the most headway since his arrival.
Mo’Ne Davis continued her run of dominance in the opening round of the Little League World Series. A 13-year-old girl who grabbed headlines last week when she led her Philadelphia team to Williamsport, Davis steamrolled her Tennessee opponent on Friday.