A win today by the Diamondbacks would ensure that the Dodgers would not be able to clinch the NL West until Friday at the earliest, which would not be against the Diamondbacks. So that's nice. Jhoulys Chacin made the start for the good guys, whereas former Dan Haren trade piece Brett Anderson was on the mound for LA. And now here is the part where I talk about events in the game that I find relevant to the story of the game.
In the first inning, Adrian Gonzalez hit a deep homer to center that A.J. Pollock almost caught, but didn't since earlier in that sentence I said Gonzalez homered, to make it 1-0 Dodgers. Corey Seager hit a double down the line later that inning with men on to make it 2-0 Dodgers. Spoiler alert, but Chacin would calm down after that runs wise.
The Diamondbacks went HAM on the run scoring from there. Pollock hit a sac fly in the 3rd to make it 2-1. Yasmany Tomas lead off the 4th with a dinger to make it 2-2. More runs probably should have scored that inning, at least one anyway, but Ender Inciarte was called out for going outside the basepaths to avoid a tag at first base... despite not actually doing that.
However, Ball Didn't Lie(TM Rasheed Wallace) the next inning. Aaron Hill lead off with a home run to make it 3-2 Diamondbacks. Welington Castillo had an RBI single to make it 4-2, and Brandon Drury was able to beat out the tailing end of a double play to allow another run to score to make it 5-2.
Chacin made it through 5 and 1/3, but walked two guys in that inning and that ended his night. Andrew Chafin came in to face pinch-hitter Scott Van Slyke, and after about e^5 foul balls, he got Van Slyke to strike out. David Hernandez then came in to face Scott Schebler and struck him out to end the threat.
Paul Goldschmidt hit his 29th homer of the year to make it 6-2 Diamondbacks in the 8th. This is a controversial opinion, especially around these parts but I think Paul Goldschmidt is good at Baseball.
Between the top and bottom of the 8th, I ducked out to get a McFlurry.
While waiting behind a tan Mitsubishi Montero who had apparently decided to do their own feeding of the 5,000 with how long they took to order, Yasmani Grandal hit a two run homer off of Matt Reynolds, pitching his second inning of relief, to make it 6-4. Daniel Hudson came in and needed two pitches to make two loud, but ultimately ineffective, outs going into the 9th.
Also, from sister site True Blue La's twitter account comes this factoid:
Yasmany Tomas has homered in 3 games against the Dodgers this season. Yasmani Grandal has homered in all 3 of those games, too— Eric Stephen (@truebluela) September 22, 2015
From there,the Diamondbacks had runners on second and third with one out in the 9th, and David Peralta hit a single off of Dodger reliever Ian Thomas to get those two runs back to make it 8-4. The bases became loaded with two outs, but Goldy struck out looking and thus the lead was four heading into the last frame.
Brad Ziegler came into the game and got two quick outs, gave up a double to A-Gon, but got Howie Kendrick to fly out to end the game and the first win for the Diamondbacks at Dodger stadium this season, which is kinda funny, and kinda sad. The dreams in which the team is dying are the best I've ever had.
Tears for Fears: Aaron Hill, +16.7%
Stryper: Chacin (batting) -13.9%
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I suppose I'm a Pessimist
Well, since there's an off day Monday, this is my last recap of the season. I would like to point out that the Diamondbacks went 11-7 in games I recapped, so obviously I wasn't the problem. These two teams play again tomorrow because that is what the schedule says.