Rubby De La Rosa had another Rubby De La Rosa outing, swinging between amazing brilliance and god-awful. He threw six innings, tied a career high with eight strikeouts and held the Cubs to four hits. That's the good news. The bad? Two walks, a hit batter and a four-run fourth inning which included hitting a Cub with the bases loaded, followed by a bases-clearing double that David Peralta... Well, let's save the gory details for the recap and just say, "didn't catch." However, he was in line for the win, Tomas having a two-run hit in the first, and Peralta his own bases-clearing double in the fifth. Tuffy Gosewisch also hit his first homer of the season.
6-4 up with the bases empty and two outs in the Cub half of the eighth inning, it looked like we might get our sixth consecutive win. However, what feels a lot like bullpen mismanagement by Chip Hale - though, to be fair, he was playing with a short deck after last night - led to a game-tying two-run double off Oliver Perez in the eighth, and a three-run homer off Enrique Burgos in the ninth. There was to be no heroic comeback this evening, as the D-backs went down in order for the ninth. Paul Goldschmidt had a pair of walks and scored twice. Bleh.
Full recap will be a while. Talk among yourselves.