The Cardinals jumped out to an early lead, and the Diamondbacks were losing by four before they even got a chance to hit. Robby Ray just didn't have anything out there to start the game, and St. Louis took advantage early. Matt Carpenter lead it off with a walk. Tony Pham singled. That sent Carpenter to first, and Pham took second on the throw to third. Jhonny Peralta was called out on strikes, but then the scoring started. Jason Heyward singled to bring home Carpenter and Pham, making the score an easy 2-0. Yadier Molina then doubled, bringing Heyward home and adding another run. Stephan Piscotti walked. During his at bat, Molina stole his third base of the year and took third, putting runners on the corners. To wrap up the inning, Kolton Wong singled, bringing Molina home from third. With that, Mark Reynolds grounded into a force out and starting pitcher Jamie Garcia struck out to end the inning.
Twenty five minutes later, the Diamondbacks finally got to hit for the first time in the game. They were quiet in the inning, and outside a Paul Goldschmidt walk, didn't manage anything against Garcia. Both teams kept things quiet offensively in the second and third as well. Robbie Ray continued to struggle with his command, giving up another three walks in the two innings, really pushing up his pitch count, but managing to not give up any runs. The offense was just as futile, managing only a Yasmany Tomas single in the second.
The fourth inning proved to be the end of the road for Ray tonight. He hit Carpenter with a pitch, and then gave up a single to Pham, who again took second on the throw to third. That was enough for Hale, and more than enough for most of those who joined us in the GDT tonight. Delgado took over. He allowed both of his inherited runners to score on sacrifice flies. That was it, but it pushed the score to 6-0, in favor of St. Louis.
In the bottom of the forth, the offense made some noise, but not a whole lot. Goldy hit a ground rule double that got stuck in the padding on the wall of the outfield. Thanks to a wild pitch, he took third during Wellington Castillo's at bat, which ended in a strike out. Aaron Hill brought him home with a sac fly, but that was it for the inning. 6-1 Cardinals.
They weren't done yet, though. They added another couple in the sixth inning off Addison Reed to give them a seven run lead, and a solo home run off Matt Reynolds in seventh. Meanwhile, Garcia and the Cardinals bullpen were keeping the offense down. Garcia went six innings, one run, and only four hits, and the St. Louis bullpen kept the Dbacks scoreless.
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Silver Lining: Paul Goldschmidt, 5.2%
Dark Cloud: Robbie Ray, -31.7%
No comment of the night tonight. This game was too depressing to earn one. That, and the most rec'd comment was Makakilo asking the Dbacks to win it for asteroid, since she is having such a rough week. Yeah... about that...
Tonight we had 432 comments in the GDT, with 25 different commenters. All present were:
AzRattler, Dbackguy, GuruB, I suppose I'm a Pessimist, Jim McLennan, JoeCB1991, Makakilo, MrMrrbi, NumberOneIanKennedyFan31, Oldenschoole, SongBird, asteroid, david.munter, ford.williams.10, gamepass, hotclaws, hventure, imstillhungry95, noblevillain, onedotfive, overkill94DT, piratedan7, shoewizard, soco, thunderpumpkin87
Same time, same teams tomorrow. Be there, as the Dbacks try for a win in the third game.