The Wheel O' De La Rosa stopped on "One-run Rubby," for that was all he allowed over seven innings. It wasn't the most commanding of outings, as Rubby De La Rosa scattered seven hits and four walk, but took advantage of a trio of Braves TOOTBLANs. Even the run scored in questionable circumstances, De La Rosa apparently being rattled after one of a number of bad calls by home-plate umpire Chris Segal led to him walking the opposing pitcher and loading the bases. A ground-ball to Ahmed was muffed, and the Braves took the lead. Meanwhile, Shelby Miller was utterly handcuffing the D-backs, taking a no-hitter into the eighth inning.
Nick Ahmed (with a little help from Penelope Cruz, rallycat and a broken Jobu image) managed to break it up with a bloop to right center leading off the eighth, and Jarrod Saltalamacchia came off the bench with a single. A chopper back up the middle by Ender Inciarte tied the game at one, and there was no further scoring in regulation. Andrew Chafin and David Hernandez combined to keep the game tied in the eighth and ninth inning, albeit thanks to a diving catch from Inciarte. But Hernandez allowed a walk-off home-run to Cameron Maybin, leading off the tenth, and we dropped the rubber game. In total, our position players were 3-for-30 today.
freeland will be along in a bit with the full recap.