Sometimes, you go on a weekend bender and you feel kinda groggy at work on Monday. Sometimes that bender is so bad you somehow wake up in the infield of Monza around a bunch of partying guys in Ferrari T-Shirts. The series against the Phillies was definitely the latter. However, the Marlins seemed like the perfect out-of-the-box hangover cure for the Diamondbacks, especially since they just fired their manager Mike Redmond and installed their General Manager, Dan Jennings, as the on-field manager.
I still can't believe that was a thing that happened. It's like Organizational Advocacy on PCP.
Rubby De La Rosa took the mound for the Diamondbacks. He would face off against Dan Haren for Miami.
Dan Haren.... Why does that name sound so familiar?
Oh, right! He was a touring drummer for Smashing Pumpkins or something, right? I know I've heard that name somewhere.
There is not a lot of offensive action to recap, because not a lot of offensive action happened (funny how that works.) Both De La Rosa and Haren were on fleek, as the kids say, save for one inning for each of them.
For Haren, it was the 4th. Yasmany Tomas came up, fresh off his first home run, uh, two days ago, with Paul Goldschmidt and Ender Inciarte on base. He proceeded to pull one into the gap between left and center at the cavernous Marlins Park and scored both of them on a double. It's good to see him pull a ball hard, after a month of kinda cheap opposite field singles.
After that point, however, Haren only allowed one more hit his entire outing, a double to Tuffy Gosewisch that was not turned into a run.
Rubby had his in the 7th. After allowing a leadoff single to Justin Bour, he hung a slider badly to J.T. Realmuto (not to be confused with J.T. Fakemuto), who hammered it beyond the left field fence to make it 2-2.
However, beyond that one pitch, De La Rosa was on point, he got three weak grounders after that home run, and ended up pitching a full 9 innings. His line for the day was 9 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 5 K.
Thanks to the aforementioned Diamondbacks offense not doing much beyond the 4th, including a wasted opportunity in the 9th, the game went into extras, because why not?
Brad Ziegler and Marlins reliever Sam Dyson dueled each other for scoreless 10th and 11th innings. In the 12th, both teams seemed to give up a little and put in their former closers who had fallen from grace (Steve Cishek for the Marlins, and good ol' Addison Reed.) Cishek pitched a quick 12th for Miami.
Reed's inning was a little more squiffy. He gave up a leadoff walk to Giancarlo Stanton, which was probably not the worst outcome possible, He got Bour to pop out, and caught a good break when Stanton tried to steal second base with Realmuto (who would also end up walking) at the plate. Stanton was out by a lot and Reed escaped unscathed in the runs department.
In the 13th, things happened. Chris Owings singled, and made his way to third base with two outs. David Peralta came up (Having been substituted in for Mark Trumbo late in regulation) and laced a double to right field which scored Owings to make it 3-2.
Enrique Burgos came in for the save. He struck out (googles name, copies and pastes) Adeiny Hechavarria, but gave up a walk to the immortal Ichiro, Fortunately, for the second time in two innings, a Marlin was thrown out trying to steal second. However, Ichiro was initially called safe, but replay showed that Aaron Hill got the tag on his shoulder (and Ichiro came off the base) and it was reversed. Burgos struck out Jeff Baker for the save and the win for the Diamondbacks and starting off the Dan Jennings era in Miami on a sour note.
Should also be noted that despite the game going 13 innings, it barely beat out the three hour mark for time. This was probably due to both teams (especially the Marlins) getting first pitch swing happy with not-great results.
Here is the comment of the evening:
No one on but I bet Prado still hits into a DP