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Dbacks 4, Marlins 2: Hellickson Connects to the Speed Force

With Jeremy Hellickson starting for the Diamondbacks tonight, a lot of people were concerned about how this one would work out. Surprisingly, he wasn't that bad...

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Jeremy Hellickson started his night off by Quickly sitting down the first six Marlins he faced in order, before giving up a single to Michael Morse to lead off the third inning. He went right back at them though and sat down the next three in order to end the third and strand Morse.

Meanwhile, the Diamondbacks weren't do that much better than the Marlins, offensively, but they weren't completely rolling over either. Ender Inciarte started the game off with a single, before being thrown out to end the inning trying to steal. Yasmany Tomas walked in the second, and Ender got another single in the third.

They got on the board in the fourth inning, thanks to a bit of small ball. David Peralta took a one out walk. Tomas moved him to third with a double. Then, Tuffy Gosewich reached on a throwing error by Dee Gordon, which also allowed Peralta to score and Tomas to move to third, 1-0 Dbacks. They weren't done in the fourth, though. The next batter was Nick Ahmed. He dropped down a bunt, and legged it out for a hit. Tomas went home and was also safe. 2-0 Dbacks.

Hellickson continued to cruise through the game. He gave up a hit and a walk in the fourth, but nothing came of it, and sat down the bottom of the line up in order for the fifth. In the sixth, he ran into a bit of trouble name Giancarlo Stanton. Dee Gordon singled to start things off. Martin Prado struck out. Then, Stanton did what he does best and hit a two run home run to tie the game. Hellickson finished off the inning, getting the next two batters to line out and ground out respectively, but he was pulled for Hudson in the seventh.

The game stayed tied until the top of the eighth inning. Trumbo hit the first pitch of the inning for a single. Goldschmidt struck out. Peralta was due up next, but Chip Hale pulled him in favor of A. J. Pollock. Much like Trumbo, he also hit the first pitch he saw, but unlike Trumbo, it was a two run home run to put the Dbacks up by two once again, and they kept it for the rest of the night. Daniel Hudson got his first win since June 2012 by virtue of being the Dbacks' pitcher when Pollock scored, and Enrique Burgos came in for a rocky, but ultimately effective, save in the ninth.

One thing of note, tonight's game was a Jeremy Hellickson start that clocked in at less than three hours. Progress!

Source: FanGraphs

The Flash, season 1: A. J. Pollock, 36.3%

Arrow, season 3: Chris Owings, -15.8%

An active GDT tonight, with 741 comments. AzDbacksFanInDC lead the way with 133 comments, and James Attwood was the only one anywhere near him with 125. All present were:

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No Comment of the night tonight. The most rec'd comment was JoeCB's comment about TOOTBLAN's but, honestly, we could probably make that the CotN every night, so it doesn't count. Come back again tomorrow at 4:10 Arizona Time to see if the Dbacks can make it three in a row, and get the series win!