Chase Anderson's start to the 2015 season is what you'd call unlucky. Through his first 7 starts, his ERA is 2.81 and he's gone winless despite having 5 starts with less than 2 runs allowed. Tonight, he decided to take things into his own hands and make certain he was escaping Miami with a win.
Starting for the Marlins was David Phelps and the offense was keyed on him from the get-go. After an Ender Inciarte strike out to lead off, A.J. Pollock and Paul Goldschmidt hit back to back singles to bring up David Peralta with runners on the corners. Goldschmidt ran on the 2-2 pitch and Peralta grounded it to Michael Morse at 1st. With the speedy Pollock running on contact, Morse had one play and the Dbacks took an early 1-0 lead.
After a quick 12 pitch 1st from Anderson, Aaron Hill led off the 2nd with a walk, stole 2nd and moved to 3rd on a Tuffy Gosewisch ground out. Nick Ahmed, our much talked about shortstop, broke through with a double down the left field line to score Hill and give the Dbacks a 2-0 lead. Oh, but they weren't done there. Ahmed would steal 3rd and Chase Anderson helped his cause with a ground ball that deflected off the pitcher but just slow enough to score Ahmed from 3rd to give the Dbacks a 3-0 lead.
In the 5th, the Dbacks struck again in strange fashion. A.J Pollock led off with a walk, Goldschmidt grounded out to move A.J to 2nd, and Peralta would follow with a single to put runners on the corners with 1 out. But Peralta would be picked off at 1st and in the ensuing rundown, Pollock would steal home ahead of the throw and Peralta would take 2nd.
Meanwhile Chase Anderson was dealing. He only allowed a walk to Christian Yelich in the 2nd that was erased by a double play ball, a 5th inning single by Martin Prado and a 1-out double by Justin Bour in the 6th. With his whole arsenal working, for Chase it was only a matter of could it last.
He came out in the 9th already at his career high in innings pitched and his luck ran out. Justin Bour grounded to center just outside the reach of Aaron Hill. Dee Gordon followed that up by being hit by a pitch to put runners on 1st and 2nd with 0 outs. After that, Marcel Ozuna hit a sharp grounder into the hole between short and 3rd to load the bases and chase Anderson from the game. Brad Ziegler came on against Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton and did Brad Ziegler things, getting his patented double play and fly ball to center to end the threat and game and give the Diamondbacks their second 3-game win streak of the season.
The Regional Manager: Chase Anderson +24.9%
Assistant Regional Manager: A.J. Pollock 7.9%, Nick Ahmed 6.8%
Assistant to the Regional Manager: Ender Inciarte -5.0%
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Lots of people out for the game thread today to watch a pretty good game for the Dbacks. The best comment was actually a tweet about history A.J Pollock made.
A.J. Pollock is the first Dbacks player to steal second, third and home in the same game. Just the sixth player to do so since 1999.— Nick Piecoro (@nickpiecoro) May 21, 2015
Come back tomorrow for series finale.