Out of all the games against the Cardinals this week, this one probably stung the most. Paul Goldschmidt gave the team a quick 1-0 lead on a moonshot to left but the offense could not break through against John Lackey in a 3-1 loss, ensuring a losing series against the MLB leading Cardinals.
The D-backs did have their chances through the first 5 innings, getting baserunners in each of those innings in some fashion or another but erasing them each time.
- Ender Inciarte led things off in the 1st with a single, but was quickly erased after a sharp Pollock grounder for a double play.
- Jake Lamb walked in the 2nd, but Jarrod Saltalamacchia was a double play victim immediately following.
- Patrick Corbin led things off again in the 3rd with a single and after 2 quick outs, Goldy followed with a single. But Peralta struck out to end the inning.
- In the 4th we saw a 2-out double from Salty, only to have him left stranded there.
- And lastly, Ender hit a 1-out single before Pollock again grounded into the inning ending double play.
It hurts to lose games like this, especially when Patrick Corbin responded so well after his poor game his last time out. His fastball complimented his excellent slider well tonight, allowing him to make fools of most of the Cardinal hitters. His only mistake was a hanging slider to Mark Reynolds, who turned it around for a line drive homer just over the wall in left. He left after 82 pitches and 6 innings, giving up just 3 hits and 1 ER with a 7:2 K:BB ratio.
Unfortunately once Corbin was out of the game, the Cardinals offense came to life with David Hernandez the culprit. Stephen Piscotty singled to lead things off and Kolten Wong deposited the 7th pitch of the at-bat into left field for a double, scoring Piscotty and giving the Cards a 2-1 lead. 2 quick outs of Reynolds and Lackey brought on Carpenter, who looked silly against Corbin all night with 3 strikeouts. Andrew Chafin relieved Hernandez but allowed an RBI single to Carpenter to make things 3-1 and essentially close out the game. The D-backs threatened in the 9th with a 2 out walk of Aaron Hill, but that was short lived as Lamb flew out to the track in center field to end things.
Good Dog - Patrick Corbin (+22.0%)
Bad Dogs - David Hernandez (-18.5%), A.J. Pollock (-18.4%)
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