For a guy who started the season in the bullpen, Josh Collmenter sure did finish the season strongly. He threw eight innings of one-run ball, on three hits and no walks, with three strikeouts. It was his seventh straight start throwing at least six innings, and allowing two runs or less, with an ERA of 1.26 over that time, and augurs well for him in 2015. It certainly deserved a much better fate than a loss, and as he had thrown only 88 pitches through eight innings, if we hadn't needed to score, could well have been in line for the complete game. Instead, Evan Marshall got to throw the last pitches of the season for Arizona, with a scoreless ninth.
Unfortunately, our offense was even more of a hurry to make tee reservations than the Cardinals, mustering only two hits all afternoon, both off the bat of Cliff Pennington. He was stranded on third in the third inning, and the only other at-bat with runners in scoring position came in the bottom of the sixth, when David Peralta hit into a double-play after walks to Collmenter and A.J. Pollock. The side went down in order in the ninth, Peralta flying out to left-field, and draw a line under 2014 for the Arizona Diamondbacks.
The loss ends our season with a record of 64-98, the second-worst in franchise history. There will likely be a lot of changes over the course of the winter. We'll be here for you. :)