Alan Trammell began his tenure as Diamondbacks manager with a 1-0 lead in the first inning when Mark Trumbo hit a sac-fly with the bases loaded off of Cardinals starter Michael Wacha. More like Michael Walka, amirite?... Cause two of those baserunners were walked on. Miguel Montero added to the fun with a single to make it 2-0. They had to be feeling pretty good about themselves, eh?
Not so fast, Trevor Cahill is here! The Cardinals added one back in the second when Yadier Molina grounded into a double play to make it 2-1. A little bendy, but still good. However, frame number 6 is where it all ended for Cahill... This season, that is.
The second part of wheel removal came in the 7th. Oliver Perez came in relief and two runs were surrendered. This was exacerbated by Miguel Montero, who made an ill-advised pickoff attempt that turned a runners on first and second situation into a runners on second and third. Thus, the grounder by Matt Carpenter ended up scoring a run, as did the Jon Jay single to make it 6-2 Cardinals.
The D'Backs added one in the 7th on an RBI groundout by A.J. Pollock (an inning that features two hit balls bouncing off of bases and one bouncing off the pitching rubber). In the 8th, the D'Backs were able to add on two more after getting four straight hits off of Pat Neshek (not an easy task) culminating in a Didi Gregorius two-run single, and an Ender Inciarte ground-rule double tied up the game. Unfortunately, that ground-rule double prevented Didi from scoring and they weren't able to add on.
I don't wanna foreshadow, but that was basically the difference in this game.
There was a brief glimmer of hope in the 9th, started off by Addison Reed getting a rare 1-2-3- inning. Cody Ross walked to open up the bottom of the frame, but his pinch-runner Brett Jackson was unable to score thanks to two pop-ups and a strikeout.
This became important because Matt Adams lead off the 10th with a leadoff double off of Evan Marshall. Adams' pinch-runner, Daniel Descalso, scored on a single by Peralta to make it 7-6 St. Louis.
Trevor Rosenthal came in for the Cardinals to close it out in the bottom of the inning. That is the thing he did in 1-2-3 fashion. Alan Trammell is winless as Diamondback manager, but more importantly, this game guarantees that the Diamondbacks will be on the clock first next June for the draft.
WOO CELEBRATE! WE'RE TERRIBLE ENOUGH FOR A GOOD BOON! GET A PARTY WITH CHEAP TEQUILA AND A REALLY SAD CLOWN, WE GONNA TEAR THIS UP TONIGHT!
A postscript to this loss, this means that the Pirates are unable to gain a game on the Cardinals in the NL Central race. I bet that makes Pirate fans really mad. I wonder if they would be mad enough to take some sort of retaliatory action. Just thinking out loud.
/does a happy trolling dance off stage.
Grape Job!: Inciarte (+37.9%)
You Make Me Berry Angry: Marshall (-31.3%)
That's a wrap for me, recap wise. Look into the despair of the offseason, and cry. I'm Werner Herzog for azsnakepit.com