On this Memorial Day matinee, an occasion for Major League Baseball to have its teams break out camouflage-ish uniforms, the only thing that was really concealed was the Diamondbacks offense, thanks in part to Carlos Martinez, the St. Louis starting pitcher. However, thankfully, he was replaced at some point and then the engine started to turn, but it didn't turn enough, and the Diamondbacks were 1-10 with runners in scoring position. This becomes important later.
Chase Anderson was the worthy opponent for Martinez on the mound and did respectably, but the old specter of "NO RUN SUPPORT FOR YOU, ONE YEAR!" came into view again, until, again this is a theme, he left the game.
Kolten Wong lead off the game with a double past the most minimal effort of an outstretched arm of Mark Trumbo. He got to third on a Matt Carpenter single, and scored when Matt Adams grounded into a Fielder's Choice away from the shift, thus preventing an inning ending double play, and it was 1-0 Cardinals. They doubled their lead in the 4th when Jason Heyward had an RBI single that was juuuuuuuuuuuuuust out of the reach of a leaping Nick Ahmed.
The Diamondbacks chances to score were few and far between against Martinez. There was a great chance in the top of the 5th, when Yasmany Tomas and Chris Owings both singled to start the inning. However, this is the 2015 Diamondbacks, and once those hitters have been used that means the dreaded bottom of the order.(insert Wilhelm scream here), who all struck out in succession. Kind of impressive, really.
Anderson had his BABIP blessing expire a little bit, allowing 10 hits, but he still only allowed the two runs. His final line: 6 IP, 10 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K.
Oliver Perez came in for Anderson in the 7th. He quickly retired the first two batters he faced, but took a hard liner off of his right ankle off of Matt Holliday and his stupid no-home-plate-touching head. Perez was visibly limping, but stayed in the game for one more batter, who was promptly walked on four pitches. He was then lifted for Randall Delgado, who go the last out.
A pitcher not named Martinez came in for the Cardinals in the 8th, specifically Kevin Siegrist, who gave up a leadoff single to Ender Inciarte and a deep bomb to Mark Trumbo, his 7th of the season, to tie the game up. Siegrist stayed in the game, for some reason, and walked Paul Goldschmidt and David Peralta to provide first and second with nobody out. Seth Maness came in to face Yasmany Tomas, who flied out to right. Chris Owings tried to bunt for a hit (I assume?) but Matt Carpenter made a good play and got him out, and Tuffy Gosewisch struck out.
Delgado pitched a clean 8th inning, capped by Tuffy throwing out Peter Bourjos for the final out. However, Trevor Rosenthal also pitched a clean top of the 9th. Enrique Burgos came in for the bottom of the inning . Randall Girchuk hit a single to left, and Wong hit one up the middle between the middle infielders. The hook was quick after that, with Chip Hale going to J.C. Ramirez. He got Carpenter to strike out swinging, and did the same to Matt Holliday, and the same to Matt Adams to complete the Matt trifecta and the prison escape. The game headed into extras.
The D-Backs threatened in the 10th. Goldy, Peralta, and Tomas all got on base through the tried and true methods of infield single, walk, bloop single. However, through the methods of strike out and groundout, those runs did not score. Not that that's frustrating or anything. Nope.
Compounding that was the fact that Jhonny Peralta lead off the next inning against Ramirez with a dinger, ending the game.
Not: Tuffy (-32.4%)
COTN is one of those ironic ones, posted just before the game tying homer.
How will Trumbo fail this time?