The Diamondbacks came into Washington coming off a disappointing series against the Astros, hoping to turn their fortunes around. Their opponent for the next four games: The Nationals. The Nationals recently, somehow, counteracted the almighty force of LOLMETS over the weekend, so the chances for Arizona seemed pretty good. And, for at least this game, they were, despite a seemingly unfavorable pitching matchup of Doug Fister vs. Zack Godley. But when God opens a Fist door... Wait, hold on... When Fist God's a door. Crap, lemme get back to you on that one.
Nick Ahmed got the scoring started by hitting a solo homer in the 3rd, his 7th of the season, which is the most he's had in any professional season thus far. If I was a moron and about 20 years older, I'd probably scream something incomprehensible about PEDs, but since I'm neither, it's good to see that his power is developing more in longer season play.
The Diamondbacks increased the lead to 3-0 on a two-run shot by David Peralta, his 10th of the season in the 4th. But wait, there's more! Welington Castillo continued to go HAM on this road trip with a solo shot of his own, his 12th, to make it 5-0.
Zack Godley continued to be divine (see what I did there, it's clever) by retiring the first 9 Nationals he faced. He gave up a leadoff single to Yunel Escobar in the 4th to snap that streak, but still impressive. Escobar was erased in that inning by... Well, watch the video:
For those of you on 28.8k connections, Ender Inciarte got the ol' barehanded 9-6 putout, as one does. A fun thing about that play: Anthony Rendon, who would have otherwise had a hit, it not credited with one on that because it is *technically* a Fielder's Choice. Another fun thing about that play: it probably kept the Nationals off the board, as Godley would load the bases that inning with two outs, but he got Ian Desmond to ground out to end the threat.
A.J. Pollock added a sac-fly in the 5th to score another run to make it 5-0. Godley was pinch hit for in the 6th (Yasmany Tomas, who grounded into such an apparently heinous double play that it broke FSAZ) His line on the night: 6.0 IP, 0 ER, 3 H, 6 K, 2 BB. That is acceptable.
Addison Reed continued his pod person act, tossing two baserunnerless innings in the 7th and 8th. Jake Lamb got the Diamondbacks pre-2015 tacos by hitting a solo shot off Jonathan Papelbon, Papelbon will then demand Jake Lamb give him his number, any future bags of Lays he buys, and his firstborn to be satiated.
Daniel Hudson came in for the 9th. He gave up a homer to Ryan Zimmerman, which whatever. That made it 6-1. Clint Robinson got a base hit, and Ian Desmond got a cheapy to third to make it first and second with one out. Wilson Ramos then singled to make it 6-2.
Dammit Huddy, do not make me revise the first paragraph and header of this game I swear to Godley.
Michael Taylor, noted Diamondback killer, then hit a bases clearing double to make it 6-4. EFffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffff.
Brad Ziegler came in for the now save situation. He got Werth to ground out in front of the plate for the second out. He got Escobar to fly out to Peralta to end the game. Whew.
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