After last night's disaster performance from Shelby Miller, Rubby de la Rosa looked to change the fortunes of this team in Pittsburgh. It didn't work. Rubby fought through trouble all night but finally succumbed to the pressure in the 5th and by that point the game was over.
As was mentioned, Rubby faced trouble right from the get go. Back-to-back singles from Andrew McCutchen and Gregory Polanco coupled with a Jake Lamb fielding error loaded the bases for the Pirates in the 1st. But Rubby settled down and escape with no damage, getting a strike out and line out to escape things.
The D-backs offense had other plans however, with a 2-out rally to take the early lead. Lamb walked with 2 outs and Chris Owings drilled a grounder down the line for a double, scoring Lamb from first. Yasmany Tomas followed it up with a deep fly ball down the left field line, and it hugged the inside of the foul pole for a home run, putting the D-backs on top 3-0.
Rubby did well skirting around trouble in the 2nd and 3rd, as the Pirates threatened with a runner in scoring position, but the 4th saw Sean Rodriguez driving a ball deep into the left field bleachers to cut the lead to 3-1.
Rickie Weeks Jr. took it upon himself to respond, homering off the foul pole in left to increase the lead to 4-1.
It all unraveled in the bottom of the 5th for Rubby. John Jaso singled to lead things off, with McCutchen repeating that with a single of his own. Polanco doubled to right, and with Weeks making his first start out there, he let it fall in front of him scoring Jaso from second. Marte grounded out to Lamb, which scored McCutchen. The final dagger was a homer from Freese, driving in Polanco to make it 5-4 Pirates and end Rubby's night after 4 2/3rds innings. Jake Barrett relieved Rubby to end the inning.
Unfortunately for the D-backs, that was all the scoring the offense would provide on this night. Chris Owings made things interesting in the 9th with a 2-out drive to right field but it fell feet short of a home run. Tomas popped out to right to end the game.
Good Rubby - Chris Owings (14.0%)
Bad Rubby - Rubby de la Rosa (-44.9%)
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The gamethread was pretty lame, so no comment of the thread.
Tune in tomorrow bright and early as the D-backs try to not be swept again on the road.