clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

Diamondbacks 2, Royals 6: 'Cause We'll Never Be Royals...

New, 16 comments

The Royals came into town in the AL Wildcard hunt, needing to maximize results to keep pace. Their win tonight ensured both a sweep and part of a three way tie for the last playoff spot.

Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

Record: 49-66. Pace: 69-93. Change over last year: -10. # of Pretzel Cheeseburgers consumed: 0.

The two best things about tonight's game is that the Diamondbacks didn't do anything monumentally embarrassing that would cause an avalanche in hang-wringing articles, and Jake Lamb finally got the call to the majors.

Let's get to the subject you all are interested in: Jake Lamb looked pretty good. He got his first major league hit and RBI in the 3rd inning, and had a chance to make some defense plays even none of them were particularly difficult. Still, it's good to see him get a chance. I'll admit to getting caught up a bit at visions of an infield with Lamb, Owings, and Goldschmidt (and maybe King Didi if Hill gets shipped away).

I bet you want to know how the runs were scored, so I'll tell you a little bit.

Things seemed to be going the Diamondbacks way from the start, with the home team getting on the board first. Ender 'Third' Inciarte slapped a single, then slowly made his way to third on a fly out and single, before being brought home by a Trumbo sac fly.

It wouldn't last long, though, after Alex Gordan of the Kansas City Quarter Pounders with Cheese launched a two run homer to grab the lead. The Royals would score more runs over the course of game, obvs, but I don't really care to describe it and I don't you care to read about it.

Not a great start by Vidal Nuno tonight. His last start he went 6 innings and only gave up 1 run with 5 strikeouts. Tonight was no near the same quality, instead resulting in 4 innings pitched and all 5 Royals runs. Kansas City jumped all over him, swinging early at-bats and racking up 7 hits (and no walks) in those 4 innings.

Randall Delgado restored order by giving 3 innings of 1 hit ball, but by then too much damage was done. The D-backs offense sputtered in the late frames, unable to get even a baserunner after the 3rd inning.


Source: FanGraphs

Lorde: Randall Delgado (6.3%)

Haim: Jake Lamb (4.2%)

Iggy Azalea: Vidal Nuno (-35.4%)

Very slow night, just another indication how we're all checking out mentally for the season. We couldn't even get to 250 comments. GuruB led the way with 36, and he was joined by: 2112Fortuna, AJV19, BrokeNBattleX, DeadmanG, Diamondhacks, Hazzard21, Jim McLennan, JoeCB1991, JoelPre, MrMrrbi, SongBird, Steven Burt, Umbrella24, Zavada's Moustache, asteroid, benhat, freeland1787, hotclaws, onedotfive, and soco

Tomorrow the D-backs continue their homestand by taking on the visiting Colorado Rockies, one of the few teams and franchises doing worse than ours. Awesome. First pitch is at 6:40pm, so, like, I don't know. Go stargazing?