Much like the two previous games in this series, the D-backs couldn't put together a complete game when it mattered most. In the first, both the offense and pitching suffered. Yesterday, Robbie Ray and Co. pitched a wonderful game, limiting the Dodgers to only 3 runs, but the offense struggled to get anything on the board. And today was just a culmination of this entire season, with the offense supplying enough runs to win but the pitching making key mistakes and giving up a very winnable game in the series finale.
I know lots have been said about the brilliance of Paul Goldschmidt this season, but today's game showed you just how complete a hitter he has become as a professional. The one compared with Steve Balboni had 4 hits, including his 17th homer of the year and 100th of his career, in a variety of ways.
- Single to left
- Infield single
- Homer to right-center
- Double to left field corner
The pitching sucked with Hellickson nibbling too much and walking batters before giving up dingers to P**g and Grandal. He left in the 4th with 5 earned runs allowed, good to know his previous performances were a mirage. The bullpen came on and kept things close enough for the offense to get back into things. Perez, Chafin, Delgado and Hudson went 4 1/3 innings with just 1 run given up and when the Dbacks tied things up in the 9th, Chip Hale decided to keep Hudson out there.
Was it a bad decision? I mean, not really. Hudson cruised through the 8th, using just 10 pitches to get 3 flyballs. He continued that in the 9th, with a 1-pitch ground ball from Pederson. But with Puig up, his control disappeared and he walked him and did the same with Gonzalez to put two runners on and the dangerous Howie Kendrick up. And of course he would bloop a single to right and win the game for the Dodgers.
noice: A.J Pollock (+27.4%), Paul Goldschmidt (+24.1%)
nice: Yasmany Tomas (+14.1)
hey that's not very nice: Jeremy Hellickson (-38.7%), Daniel Hudson (-35.2%),
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Good crowd again for a Wednesday game, unfortunately we stink at using the rec button so no comment of the day. The Diamondbacks head to San Francisco for a series with the Giants starting tomorrow so be there or be square.