The torture is almost over. In the last road game of the season, the Diamondbacks couldn't manage to score more than one run. Twins starter Phil Hughes was seemingly dominant all day long, giving up just the one run on five hits over eight innings of work with five strikeouts.
It was a bit different of a story for Diamondbacks starter Vidal Nuno. Even though he was able to settle down after a rough first two innings of work, it was those innings that did him in. The major issue of the day for Nuno was control of his pitches, as he walked four batters in five innings of work, not including the batter he plunked to start out the second inning. With that said, he finished with a decent final line of 5 IP, 2 ER, 4 BB, 6 SO. All in all, he kept his team in the game.
Once again, the Diamondbacks couldn’t help out their starter, managing to score only one run in the top of the sixth. Poor Nuno – his day was done in the sixth and gave way to Randall Delgado and the bullpen.
The Twins jumped out to an early lead when Nuno walked in a run with the bases loaded, though he eventually escaped the inning with just the one run allowed.
In the second, the Twins loaded the bases up again and Trevor Plouffe hit a sacrifice fly to center to score Eduardo Escobar from third and extend the lead to two runs.
Arizona got a run back in the top of the sixth on a sacrifice fly off the bat of David Peralta. To set that up, A.J. Pollock led the inning off with a single to right, and Jake Lamb followed that up with a bloop single to center. Mark Trumbo then popped out in the infield for a very unproductive out after both runners moved up on a double steal. Pollock scored on the sacrifice fly to cut the lead to one.
A rain delay stopped the action in the middle of the eighth, effectively ending Hughes' day on the mound.
After the break, Evan Marshall came in and did what he needed to do, similar to Randall Delgado in the two previous innings. But the D-backs couldn't score a run off Jared Burton in the ninth to tie it up and send it to extras, moving to 1-6 on the final road trip of the year.
Arizona will play its final three game set against St. Louis back in Phoenix to close out the year. Trevor Cahill will toe the rubber against Michael Wacha. GDT: Congrats to Guru.
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