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Dbacks 1, Nationals 8: We Suck Again

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A big inning early on doomed the Dbacks, and they never really were able to recover.

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Record: 53-73 On Pace: 70-92 Change on '13: -15

A little bit of good news early on. The Diamondbacks struck first. With two outs in the first, David Peralta hit a solo home run to get on the board early. They also got a hit in the second inning, but in true Dbacks fashion, Jordan Pacheco grounded into a double play to end the inning and erase the hit. They sat down in order in the third.

Chase Anderson wasn't very good in the first two innings of the game, but he did hold the Nationals scoreless. He gave up a walk to Denard Span to start the game, but got the next three batters to fly out. In the second, he gave up a lead off single and a one out walk, but also got out of that. The third inning was where it all went to hell.

A quick summary of the inning before we get into the gory details. The first seven batters reached before the first out was recorded. Also, six runs scored before the first out was recorded. Chase Anderson failed to make an out before leaving with the bases loaded.

Now for the details. Denard Span hit a single. He was moved to third thanks to a stolen base and Anthony Rendon single. Next, Span scored, and Rendon went to second on a Jason Werth single. Adam LaRoche walked to load the bases. Continuing the streak of runners reaching base, Ian Desmond hit a two-run single, making the score 3-1 Nationals. But wait! There's more! Bryce Harper single to once again load the bases, and chased Chase Anderson before he got an out in the third. Eury De La Rosa came in and quickly gave up a three-run double to make the score 6-1, Nationals. De La Rose then finished the inning up with three straight strikeouts.

Both teams just quietly coasted until the sixth inning. Then the Nationals started scoring again. With one out, Anthony Rendon and Jason Werth hit back-to-back singles. La Roche then flew out to center, but Ian Desmond hit a two-run double to increase the the Nationals' lead to seven runs and make the score 8-1.

After that, both teams went quietly into the night.  In the end, Inciarte failed to extend his hitting streak, adding the cherry to the top of this crappy sundae.

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The One: David Peralta, 9.1%

Agent Smith: Chase Anderson, -35.7%

CotD goes to hotclaws for this gem:

I got distracted from the game
there was a TV ad for a stain remover that has a web site and it says you can go on and ask for help with your stain problems.
I asked if anyone knew how to get goat's blood out of ritual robes.

Baseball players are smarter than football players. How often do you see a baseball team penalized for too many men on the field?
Jim Bouton

by hotclaws on Aug 19, 2014 | 6:02 PM reply unrec (6) actions

A fairly lively GDT tonight. At time of writing, 'Skins was just shy of 100 comments. I was in second, and Clefo was in third, with 57 and 51 comments a piece. All present were:

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