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Diamondbacks 10, Dodgers 6: A Tale of Two Bullpens

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Webster's dictionary defines that start as "Not great." It was "Pretty neat." in the middle, "Oh dear" close-ish to the end and then "WOOOOOO!" at the end.

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Allan Webster threw eight balls until his first strike, then the subsequent pitch was a hit batter, so you know, not great. He got out of that inning with only one run allowed, on a bases loaded double play by Adrian Gonzalez, so it was not the most auspicious start to the game, but it could have been worse.

However, he did not make it through four innings, because he happened to give up three solo homers to three different Dodgers in a single inning. The inning in question was the 4th, and the Dodgets in question were Andre Ethier, Yasmani Grandal, and Joc Pederson. Webster was lifted for Oliver Perez, who got out of the inning without any more damage.

Webster is definitely on the plane back to Reno, unless he isn't, because his pitching performances have made him expendable with Patrick Corbin coming back soon, unless they haven't or he isn't.

Mike Bolsinger, he of an unexpectedly decent season, was cruising, but he also lasted only four innings, but due to reported food poisoning. Joel Peralta came in for the 5th, and allowed Nick Ahmed to hit his 5th homer of the year, with a runner on base, to cut the lead in half to 4-2.

The Diamondbacks tied it up against another Dodger reliver, Yimi Garcia, on another two-run homer, this time by Yasmany Tomas, his first at Chase Field. This one took a replay, as a Dodger fan at Chase Field, the fruit fly infestaion of the Baseball world, reached above/over the wall and may have interfered with what may have been a double. It was inconclusive, but if that was the case, that Dodger fan can go to bed tonight knowing that he cost his team runs and scream into the void forever, as he deserves.

If you're a believer in the Shutdown Inning Hypothesis, then Andrew Chafin disproved it, loading up the bases and allowing a two-run single to Jimmy Rollins to make it 6-4 Dodgers. Boy that really makes my skin... sore.

Of course, the Dodger Bullpen was all kinds of a grease fire. Juan Nicasio came in for the Dodgers, and he got two quick outs before allowing singles to Cliff Pennington and A.J. Pollock. They sent in lefty Adam Liberatore to face David Peralta. Pennington and Pollock double stealed (double stole?) to get the runners over, but it ended up not mattering as Peralta hit a game-tying triple!

Enrique Burgos held the Dodgers without any runs in the 8th, this was good since Welington Castillo continued his rampage and hit an RBI double off of Pedro Baez to score Jake Lamb to make it 7-6.

I also want to note the following since a certain trade (Coming into tonight even before that double):

Castillo: .255/.327/.574 4 HR, 11 RBI
Trumbo: .151/.184/.205 1 HR, 5 RBI

Chris Owings then laid down a bunt to Baez, who decided to throw it away for some reason to score Castillo to make it 8-6. Events of that inning lead to a situation where Paul Goldschmidt came up against a left-handed reliever (J.P. Howell) with the bases loaded and hit a two-run single to make it 10-6.

Brad Ziegler got through the final frame to end this and finally get a win against the Dodgers after 7 straight losses.

Source: FanGraphs

Awesome: Peralta (+ 26.4%)
Not As Much: Chafin (-24.7%)


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Rubby De La Rosa takes on Carlos Frias tomorrow as the Diamondbacks go for a series win, which is nice.