|Ender Inciarte - CF||Christian Yelich - LF|
|Cliff Pennington - 2B||Jeff Baker - 2B|
|David Peralta - RF||Giancarlo Stanton - RF|
|Mark Trumbo - 1B||Casey McGehee - 3B|
|Miguel Montero - C||Garrett Jones - 1B|
|Jake Lamb - 3B||Marcell Ozuna - CF|
|Alfredo Marte - LF||Jarrod Saltalamacchia - C|
|Didi Gregorius - SS||Adeiny Hechavarria - SS|
|Josh Collmenter - RHP||Tom Koehler - RHP|
Despite my pleas to the contrary, it was another one-run game for the Diamondbacks yesterday, their fifth such in a row. That's the most since playing six straight one-run contests in May 2011, and there have been three such longer streaks in team history - curiously, all three involve games against the Dodgers and Giants. The record is seven consecutive one-run games, between May 30 and June 6, 2010. You might remember that streak, since it included back-to-back 1-0 defeats over extra innings against Los Angeles, in 10 and 14 frames respectively. Still some way for the major-league record of 11 one-run games in a row, most recently by the Dodgers in 1985-1986.
While the results of one-run games are heavily influenced by luck - when the score is so close, a bounce here or an umpiring call there will have a more significant effect - the number of one-run games played could be seen as an indication we are closer to .500, like our opponents. It is perhaps significant that we've already seen more one-run battles this week, than we did in our first 25 games of the season, as we struggled to a 7-18 record, with only three games decided by one-run. That run may continue today against the Marlins - but if does, things will then get decidedly tougher against the division-leading Nationals in Washington.