After such a heartbreaking loss last night, the D-backs opened up the 1st game of the doubleheader with a ground out, or was it? Ender grounded to Wilin Rosario but replays showed Ender beat Yohan Flande to the bag and there was your first hit of the game. Ender stole 2nd, his 14th of the year and Gosselin walked, giving runners on 1st and 2nd with 0 outs. Goldschmidt struck out, and with Pollock up, Gosselin was thrown out at 2nd trying for a double steal with Inciarte moving to 3rd. But Pollock then struck out to end the weird inning.
Corbin continued his strong performance of late with a quick 1-2-3 inning, getting 2 ground outs and a pop out to get the D-backs in the dugout quickly.
What followed was a strange showing by the umpires. Jarrod Saltalamacchia hit a ball deep into left, but the umpires called it a foul ball despite it landing in a loading bay in fair territory. Chip Hale then came out to argue it was fair, and the umpires went to check. During the replay, Hale got in a heated argument with home plate umpire Tim Timmons and was ejected from the game, most likely due to the awful umpiring. The foul ball was changed quickly to a home run after review, and the D-backs jumped out on top 1-0. Yasmany Tomas swung at everything for a strikeout, Brandon Drury lined a ball right at Arenado for a ground out, and Nick Ahmed tripled into right center before Corbin grounded out weakly to Flande for the 3rd out.
The 2nd for Corbin was a little rough, with DJ LeMahieu homering on a hanging slider with 1 out to tie things up at 1 a piece. Corbin settled down after that, getting a strike out and fly out to right field to escape the inning.
The 3rd found the D-backs scoring again, with Inciarte walking to lead things off. Gosselin doubled over the head of Blackmon in center to make things a 2-1 game, but that was it as Goldy grounded out, Pollock walked, and Salty grounding into a double play.
There would be no scoring for either side until the bottom of the 5th, as Kyle Parker hit a first pitch slider into the forests in center for a home run, tying things up again for the Rockies.
The D-backs would respond in the 6th and 7th innings with 4 runs. The first came in the 6th from a leadoff Pollock triple and subsequent RBI ground out from Salty, and in the 7th when Phil Gosselin homered to deep left field, scoring Ahmed and Corbin, who doubled and walked respectively.
Corbin's day would end in the 7th, after allowing a single to Nick Hundley with 1 out. He pitched well but struggled with fatigue as usual, throwing only 78 pitches through his 6 and 1/3 innings. Silvino Bracho came on in relief, but walked Parker and struck out Brandon Barnes before being replaced by Matt Reynolds, who did what he could not yesterday, striking out Ben Paulsen to escape the jam.
The bats for the D-backs fell silent after that, getting a double and walk from Inciarte and Gosselin in the 9th before getting tripled off from a line drive of Paul Goldschmidt. Both runners were off on the play, and Goldy lined out to Reyes who flipped to LeMahieu before throwing to Paulsen at 1st for the first ever triple play against the D-backs in their franchise history.
The bullpen continued to struggle in the 8th and 9th innings, with Reynolds allowing a homer to Arenado and Hudson giving up 2 doubles before getting the final two outs to finish off the game and give him his 3rd save of the year.
MVP Baseball 2005 - Phil Gosselin (+38.1%)
MLB The Show 15 - Patrick Corbin (+20.0%), A.J Pollock (+9.3%)
Triple Play Baseball - Paul Goldschmidt (-14.5%)
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