Prior to the rainouts, the D-backs had scored 4 runs in three games against the Dodgers. And it wasn't like the Dodgers were throwing their aces in the series, it was Carlos Frias, Scott Baker and then Brett Anderson in the extra-inning finale. So it was probably safe to assume they weren't feeling too great about their offense. But with two rainouts in consecutive days, would the time away from the game (and Coors Field) fix their batting woes?
Immediately from the get-go, the team just felt different and that was probably due to Tyler Matzek. He had no command early on and the Diamondbacks sort of took advantage. 3 walks loaded the bases but Tomas struck out and Hill lined out to end the threat. Still for a team struggling to do anything on offense, the threat of scoring a run must've felt good because they exploded immediately.
Two more walks for Jordan Pacheco and Nick Ahmed led off the 2nd, but Collmenter bunted into a double play and it looked like Matzek would escape trouble again. But Ender Inciarte would rope a single to score Nick Ahmed and Mark Trumbo, out of the 2 hole (???), drilled a homer that just scraped the top of the fence to give the D-backs a 3-0 lead. In the 3rd, Pollock would single and steal 2nd. Tomas then hit a single down the right field line to score Pollock and make the lead 4-0.
The 4th started with an out from Collmenter but back to back doubles from Ender Inciarte and Mark Trumbo would score a run and make the score 5-0 in favor of the D-backs. Goldschmidt struck out but an error from Tulo would extend the inning and the Diamondbacks would capitalize. Yasmany Tomas singled to score Trumbo, and Aaron Hill would break out of his slump to score 3 more and make the lead 9-0 in favor of the good guys.
Meanwhile, Josh Collmenter was cruising. After a leadoff single from Charlie Blackmon, Josh would retire 11 straight before Justin Morneau would homer to lead off the 5th inning. He'd get into some trouble in the 5th after the home run, but would only allow a sacrifice fly by Nick Hundley thanks to a fabulous play by Inciarte. Seriously, it's pretty dang good.
9-2 was our score at the start of the 6th inning and the runs would keep on coming. Pollock doubled with 1-out and Tomas would again hit a single to score a run. Hill would single to put runners at the corners with 1 out and Jordan Pacheco would get robbed in centerfield by Charlie Blackmon on a sure single but hey, it scored a run and made the score 11-2.
After that, Collmenter would struggle. Nick Hundley would drive a pitch to left for a homer in the 7th and after a leadoff triple in the 8th by Blackmon, Drew Stubbs homered to dead center to chase Collmenter. His final line: 7 IP, 10 hits, 5 earned runs, 0 BB's and 5 K's. Josh was probably the victim of pitching to the score. They needed him to eat innings in the first game of a doubleheader and he did, at the cost of his ERA.
Enrique Burgos came on in relief and was effectively wild. He got two quick outs but then labored with control issues. Cargo walked and Nick Hundley doubled to score a Cargo before striking out LeMahieu to end the 8th with the D-backs in control, 12-6. Each team scored a run in the 9th with Inciarte driving in Nick Ahmed and Morneau driving in McKenry to give us our final score of 13-7.
Cool Guy: Mark Trumbo, +21.4%
Alright : Josh Collmenter (pitching), +16.2%, A.J Pollock 10.2%, Ender Inciarte, 8.9%,
Dweeb: Josh Collmenter (batting): -12.3%
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Lost of comments in this one, with 32 of you joining in on the fun. I guess that's to be expected after having a two-game break in baseball. Comment of the thread goes to Clefo for making the place bump.
Come back in a few when I tell you about how the D-backs did in the 2nd game of this doubleheader.